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By jakey
1/24/2014 10:22:14 PM
In a few weeks it would have been a year since my last prn/mb binge. It is a huge milestone for me trying to escape two years of continually returning to bad habits every few months or so. I feel that I am finally free and embracing the gospel without equivocation or hesitancy.

If I was to point to one thing that has helped me, it is the message of hope. Hope is antithetical to addiction. In the absence of hope we believe that because we sin we can never be worthy of God's love. We all sin. The only thing that is different is that we all sin differently. But that does not make us any less worthy to even desire that we can one day reach our full potential in the eternities. Doesn't it say in the Book of Mormon that there is opposition in all things? Doesn't it say that we must know "sin" in order to know "good"?

My heart goes out to everyone out there looking to be healed from whatever addiction is dragging them down. He knows your pain, anguish, discouragement, and resentment that is bottled up inside. Take that feeling and then multiply it to infinity...that is what He suffered in Gethsemane. He is indeed the Way. Lean on Him and trust in Him.

Take care of yourselves.

Jake.

Comments:

Way to go :-)    
"One year...that's amazing :-) Go you :-)"
posted at 11:56:49 on January 25, 2014 by Anonymous
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"It is also a struggle some days for me to control myself. But I feel the LORD is helping me to become stronger and better. One year is a great milestone for you. Keep the faith and keep walking with the LORD."
posted at 23:43:13 on January 25, 2014 by Anonymous
Congratulations!    
"I am very proud of you."
posted at 05:04:47 on January 27, 2014 by 1stepatatime


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" Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself?The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. "

— Shayne M. Bowen

General Conference October 2006