Loneliness and Comfort
By intothewest
8/11/2015 6:10:49 AM
I am so grateful for this community, in which I have been able to fulfill two of my biggest needs: to love and be loved. I am so thankful for the many times that others have comforted me on this site, and I am grateful for the opportunities the Lord has given me to manifest His love and comfort by using me.

I feel that too often, our rhetoric as members of the church in regards to pornography or any other challenge is far too centered on personal responsibility. It is easy to blame the drug addict, or the porn addict for his/her actions. It is much harder to have Christlike empathy and compassion.

One of Spencer W. Kimball's ideas in 'Miracle of Forgiveness' is that sin is a response to deep, unmet needs. My sexual temptations are often strongest when I'm lonely. While this is a personal struggle, I don't feel uncomfortable in generalizing the idea. Many more people in the Church struggle with not feeling loved than we believe. Again, that's where this site comes in. I really do feel so edified to be a part of this community. God be with you all.


Wishing there was a LIKE button    
"Well said! I am looking forward to the updates coming to this site. Boy I wish there was a LIKE button for this...but until then.....LIKE!!!

So many people do not recognize the emotional connection that you are talking about. We were created in the image of God the most loving, feeling, emotional being. We were meant to be the same. "All the feeling of a tender parent"..."Can ye feel so now?"..."Therefore ye shall feel that it is right" and almost all of D&C 121...these scriptures are all emotions, feelings, the way we connect to our creator and to who we really are. Embracing emotion creates greater, more effective healing because the very root of the issue is then reached, knowing who we are. Children of God."
posted at 22:28:41 on September 1, 2015 by Anonymous
"There are several different acronyms out there that people use but my ARP mentor uses: H.A.L.T


Any of these things often become immediate triggers for us and we turn to our addiction to sooth the problems."
posted at 23:17:02 on September 1, 2015 by maddy

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"By emulating the Master, who endured temptations but “gave no heed unto them,” we, too, can live in a world filled with temptations “such as [are] common to man”. Of course Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us! Turning these unwanted lodgers away at the doorstep of the mind is one way of giving “no heed.” Besides, these would-be lodgers are actually barbarians who, if admitted, can be evicted only with great trauma."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987