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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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"By emulating the Master, who endured temptations but “gave no heed unto them,” we, too, can live in a world filled with temptations “such as [are] common to man”. Of course Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us! Turning these unwanted lodgers away at the doorstep of the mind is one way of giving “no heed.” Besides, these would-be lodgers are actually barbarians who, if admitted, can be evicted only with great trauma."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987