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The Truth of the Matter
By anewrainbow
5/6/2013 11:25:35 PM
Step 1 - Key Principle — Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.
I struggle with the idea the I am powerless. Maybe the point is in the full quote: "That I, of myself, am powerless to overcome my addiction...". That by myself I am powerless, because it is in the Lord that I am able to do all things.

I just joined this sight a few short hours ago. I have struggled with masturbation for 2 years. Until a week ago I wouldn't have even admitted to myself that my life has become unmanageable. It was through a friend that I could at last see that I had an addiction. I kept telling myself that I was bigger than this, that I could beat this.

But now, as I am writing this blog, I can truly see that I am powerless. My earlier statement is only partially true. The full truth of it should read, "Through the Lord I am bigger than masturbation".

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"Now brethren, the time has come for any one of us who is so involved to pull himself out of the mire, to stand above this evil thing, to “look to God and live” (Alma 37:47). We do not have to view salacious magazines. We do not have to read books laden with smut. We do not have to watch television that is beneath wholesome standards. We do not have to rent movies that depict that which is filthy. We do not have to sit at the computer and play with ographic material found on the Internet."

— Gordon B. Hinckley

General Conference, October 2004