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Step 2 Exercise 6: Awake
By GraceConquer
5/7/2014 9:07:22 AM
In what ways am I more aware of Jesus Christ today and his power in my life? I remember when I made the most grevious of my sins the most overwhelming sense that I can't do this without Jesus. I feel that he became very real for me. I have always had a sense that "with enough good deeds and time between my sins, and continuous work I can make it back to heaven". The sad fact and the glorious fact is that this is just not true! Not in the least. The relationship is such that if you went to purchase a lake for millions of dollars and after signing the paper work you recieved a glass of the lake water. It is impossible to compare my power and what I can do in my own life to a life lived in the path with the LORD.

I can still remember my bishop saying when we first started on the journey of repentance... You know it is kinda like when addicts get clean there is no denying or going back on their belief in their "higher power" and in contrast many people in the church are kinda unaware or asleep to this (paraphrasing).

It is indeed another paradox. I realize and believe as a result of my sins and the understanding that it takes total reliance. I have never prayed so often, and it is not as if it is extra to prayer, I pray because it is natural and less work, less fearful, and more envigorating.

Today I am AWAKE to the power of the Lord in my life.

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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006