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Remember the Pain
By intothewest
2/12/2015 7:58:57 PM
So I just want to give everyone a morale boost. Something that happens for me is that I often forget just how painful my addiction to pornography was. Through the passage of time, we often lose the intensity of certain experiences. Last night, I was reminded of just how painful relapsing can be. That pain is good because it helps me remember to stay away, just as the pain of a burn from touching the stove teaches us to stay away.

As I am working through the repentance process. I can feel sorrow, but also so much joy, because Christ took all that sorrow upon himself The topical guide defines repentance as a fresh view about God, ourselves, and the world. From last night's incident, I learned profound lessons about all three.

As Elder Christofferson said "Repentance is a divine gift and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence and peace"

Even though it can be painful, I love the fact that we can repent.

You guys can do it!

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"Just as the landfill requires dedicated work and attention, laboriously applying layer after layer of fill to reclaim the low-lying ground, our lives also require the same vigilance, continually applying layer after layer of the healing gift of repentance.…Our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, feel sorrow when we choose to remain in sin, when the gift of repentance made possible through the Atonement can clean, reclaim, and sanctify our lives. When we gratefully accept and use this precious gift, we can enjoy the beauty and usefulness of our lives... "

— Shayne M. Bowen

General Conference October 2006