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It's been a long time
By Rodger
4/2/2016 10:05:10 AM
It's been quite some time since I last posted here. I think it was in 2014 or so. I don't even remember my screen name. I was a very contentious person and caused a bit of trouble while here. For this I apologize. I've learned a lot since then. This will be my only update post.

I've been totally sober now since December 18, 2012 when my bishop cast out several evil spirits from me. Yup, I'm that guy. I've had no slips, trips, or falls, not even a desire to look at the filth since then. My life is completely changed. I experienced that mighty change of heart talked about by Alma. I don't have that turmoil in my life anymore that addicts and their families experience.

I've continued to document the steps I took to full recovery and add to it as I learn more about myself and the causes of addiction and lack of recovery. I often ponder about the steps necessary for recovery and the Spirit brings things to mind, line upon line. I've often wondered why some people are healed through miracles and others must struggle mightily. While I don't have a complete answer, I do believe, that while it is complicated, there are some commonalities.

Pride is one major, complicated factor that is different for each person. Among other things, it involves teachability, acceptance of responsibility, and a lack of willingness to sacrifice literally anything and everything to get well. It involves more than this, and I'm learning more as time passes. Another complicating factor is believing in traditional “truths” and a corresponding lack of correct knowledge. Joseph Smith and several other GA's talked about this. Traditional “truths” are often passed on from one generation to another and from one member to another in spite of them being false. The acceptance of these “truths” is often unquestioned because they appeal to the carnal man. Another major factor is unbelief that stems from traditional “truths” and unquestioning acceptance of secular education/worldly wisdom. Unbelief is a serious problem among the Latter-day Saints.

There is much more, but those are a couple of the highlights. As I learn and discover new things, I write about it and will eventually put it on the web for others to view. I've changed things as I discover that some things I believed were inaccurate and added greater emphasis as I recognize its importance.

I've applied to the First Presidency for a sealing clearance and hope to be sealed to my wonderful wife and best friend within the next month or two. Recently, my bishop approached me about being ordained to a high priest. That was something that totally shocked me because of my past. I figured I was damaged goods and the Lord didn't make much use of damaged goods.

I pray for you in your struggles and hope you find the peace you are looking for.

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"Man has a dual nature; one, related to the earthly or animal life; the other, akin to the divine. Whether a man remains satisfied within what we designate the animal world, satisfied with what the animal world will give him, yielding without effort to the whim of his appetites and passions and slipping farther and farther into the realm of indulgence, or whether, through self-mastery, he rises toward intellectual, moral, and spiritual enjoyments depends upon the kind of choice he makes every day, nay, every hour of his life"

— David O. McKay