The Anti-Nephi-Lehi's
By nevergiveup
5/10/2010 4:07:32 AM
Step 1 - Action Step — Become willing to abstain
So this step is to become willing to abstain, the only problem is that I feel as if I've been "willing" to abstain for a really long time, but it just hasn't ever happened. Which then forces me to look at my feelings and intentions more closely. I know that I want to abstain, but I guess just wanting to abstain isn't the same as being willing to do so. Because if I was actually willing, then wouldn't I have been more successful up to this point?

So how do I becoming "willing"? Willing maybe means that I'm willing to do whatever it takes, it means that I'm willing to admit I have a problem and I'm willing to fix it the Lord's way. It's hard to have, or claim to have, a "willing" heart without some sort of action. I think we show proof of our willingness by acting upon it. So for me that would mean: multiple prayers and scripture study daily, weekly fasting, and keeping certain rules and guidlines that will keep me out of compromising situations in which I know it is hard for me to say no.

This week I have been reading about the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's, or the people of Ammon, in the book of Alma. I have found that I can learn a lot about repentance from them. Their "willingness" put in to action meant never taking up arms again against anyone for any reason, not even to defend themselves. Much of their wickness and sin before their conversion delt with murder and shedding blood. Their approach to repentance was to never do anything that even came close to resembling their wicked past. Even defending themselves against their enemies was too close to their former life and wicked choices, so instead, they were willing to give up their lives instead of fight. I really started to think about that. If they were willing to give their lives instead of do anything that reminded them of their old ways, even when they were justified in doing so...then how much more should I be willing to give up so that my new life no longer resembles my old one of sin and immorality?

Willingness is action. By following the example of the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's, I should and can get as far away from my immoral sins as I possibly can, giving up anything and everything that even looks in that direction.


Where there's a Will...    
"Good job, Nevergiveup. I think we often use the word "willing" too passively, almost like, "Yeah, if God wants to change me, I'll let it happen--I'm willing to let him do that for me." That isn't what "willing" means.

God has a "will," and whatever God "wills" happens. When God is "willing" something to happen, look out; it's going to happen.

If we are "willing" to abstain, our attitude shouldn't be, "whatever; sure; fix me." Our attitude should be more like Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise: "Make it so!""
posted at 09:05:49 on May 10, 2010 by BeClean
We pray for the willingness...    
posted at 16:32:24 on May 10, 2010 by Anonymous

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