Filled with gratitude
9/30/2009 5:44:00 PM
I went through with my plans and visited the Temple today. I can barely describe how amazing it was to be there without any guilt or doubts about my worthiness. The comfort, peace, serenity, and assurance I found there is exactly what I’ve been longing for. The battle against my addictions has gone a lot better today because of the Spirit I took with me from the Temple.

Reading from “The Continuous Atonement” made all the difference in my attitude about being ready for the Temple. The main insight I’ve taken from the book so far is that Christ is with me, even when I trip and stumble, so I don’t have to be worried about messing up and making God angry at me. The “Who made God the enemy” chapter really drove that point home for me, it felt like the author was describing my exact situation. I would highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with the pain and insecurity caused by addiction.

I’m so grateful for the people on this site, I even prayed for several of you in the Temple today. I don’t think I would have actually made it there if it hadn’t been for the great advice and words of encouragement you left on my other blog. Thanks for the support!


"That is so great that you did go through and went to the temple -- what an awesome feeling we can experience huh? -- even with our struggles and pains, the temple is where we can go and just have all those feelings taken from us - if even just for a moment in time.

Keep going - stay strong -- it's never easy is it? but it most definetly is all worth it!

Power in Purity!"
posted at 14:27:30 on October 1, 2009 by whitewolf
Right on!!    
"Yeah!! I am so glad you went to the temple. Take that Satan…Ette’s a full membership card carrying member!! Thank you so much for posting your progress, it gives me so much hope. My prayers continue to be with you. You are doing so great!"
posted at 18:58:45 on October 1, 2009 by summer

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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