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Being where we're supposed to be
By dog
9/7/2013 3:57:50 PM
I'm not certain that I could have left work an hour ago to go to my Saturday ARP meeting, but I didn't even ask my boss (he's been busy today and I fill in for him on certain things), and he usually gives me the o.k. to go.

But since I didn't go, I've had two nasty fires to put out, and now that I'm at my computer, I've felt drawn to look at porn. And if I had gone to my meeting, I would be there now and wouldn't have this temptation. I decided to come to this site and confess my temptations and ask for help (encouragement).

Whatever, the following quote from Elder Neal A. Maxwell that appeared in the upper right of this screen hit me very hard, in a good, strengthening way:

"In a decaying environment, the mind is the last redoubt of righteousness, and it must be preserved even amid bombardment by evil stimuli. Christ is competent to see us through, “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” As promised, He will make either “a way to escape” or a way “to bear it”."
— Neal A. Maxwell
General Conference May 1987

"the last redoubt of righteousness [the mind] must be preserved..." Yes.

The Lord has given me strength to bear the temptation, and I'm thankful for that, but it drives home a powerful lesson: "Go to that meeting whenever it's possible, because that's where you belong."

I hope that this was a near miss, and not the beginning of a long, downward moral spiral.

Comments:

Love this quote...    
"Thank you for sharing, Dog. I think that through this experience, you are teaching all of us the importance of using any resource we can access to help us be who we want to be. I am impressed with your strength and willingness to share the struggle and the triumph. Thank you."
posted at 16:41:01 on September 7, 2013 by Wishful


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