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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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"I will speak briefly of the principle of repentance. How grateful I am for the understanding we have of this great principle. It is not a harsh principle, as I thought when I was a boy. It is kind and merciful. The Hebrew root of the word means, simply, "to turn," or to return, to God. Jehovah pled with the children of Israel: "Return . . . and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful . . . and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God." When we acknowledge our sins, confess them and forsake them, and turn to God, He will forgive us."

— Richard G. Hinckley

General Conference April 2006