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Day 58...
By j89
7/25/2010 12:05:37 PM
Today is day 58, it feels to be getting easier to control my self now.
My life is getting back on the right track and soon I'll be working on my mission papers. I have found the answer to this problem that has plagued me for most of my life. I have read and listened to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk from this last General Conference and I found what I was looking for. I decided to do what he said would help and it did help me. I wouldn't have been able to get this far without applying this knowledge. Last Sunday I spoke with my branch president and I told him about how I was able to free my self from this bondage that Satan had me in. Before I spoke to him when I found the solution to my problem I remembered a quote from Mosiah 5:2 that the people of King Benjamin had no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually. My branch president also quoted that to me when I told him that I found my solution from Elder Holland's talk.
I'm feeling great about this and I know the Atonement is true, I have felt it change me into a better person. The Lord CAN change us if we let Him, If we want it deeply enough we can be freed.
Some temptations can be avoided if we just stay away from them and focus on a higher purpose.
I was reading Jesus The Christ and it was on the temptations that Jesus had when he was fasting. When He was at His weakest Satan tempted him to provide food miraculously and stop His hunger. I was reading this when I was fasting and it had a great effect on me. Jesus withstood His temptations because He had a higher purpose and that taught me that I should seek a higher purpose my self so I can withstand my temptations. So I did and it helped me a lot. For me when I'm fasting my biggest temptation is water, I normally intake a gallon a day sometimes 2 and for me when I'm fasting it's a big temptation. But I have a higher purpose when I'm fasting so I can withstand those temptations. It's not easy, but it is possible. I've applied that as well to the temptations from my addiction and it helped as well.
There are many personal actions we can do to help us on our quest to become clean and whole and the Lord will make up the rest.

Comments:

Well done, J89!    
"I am so happy for you. Hurrah for you and your success in the Lord! Thank you for sharing!

I encourage you to keep your eye on that higher purpose; keep your eye on the Lord and serving your mission. Satan will return in full force. And then he will return again. And again. And again. Throughout your life. Only the Savior will save you in those moments. Stay very close to him, and never forget just how much you need him. Serve him with all your heart every day for the rest of your life, and he will keep you clean. You have marvelously won the most recent "sprint" you were in, but we are all running a marathon!

May we all keep ourselves close to the Lord, that we may be clean."
posted at 16:04:18 on July 25, 2010 by BeClean
Thank You J89    
"Thanks for your great post and reminders on how to overcome temptation. Congratulations on you success. I have just gone to LDS.org and am listening to Elder Holland's talk. What an important talk to listen to and study. I'll be listening for those pearls you are speaking of.
Best wishes to you
Jim"
posted at 20:56:45 on July 26, 2010 by Seekrecovery
Wow--Great Talk    
"So I may be a little behind the times--I missed this talk from last conference. It is excellent.

Some great quotes from Elder Holland:
1) The pull of proximity can be fatal (separate yourself from temptation)
2) "When fleeing the scene of temptation do not leave a forwarding address." :)
3) Acknowledge that those who are bound by the chains of true addictions need more help than self help,...seek that help.
4) ~ Many a man has been saved by remembering at a crucial time the face of their mother or wife.

Elder Holland's Talk:
http://lds.org/conference/sessions/display/0,5239,23-1-1207,00.html"
posted at 21:13:55 on July 26, 2010 by Seekrecovery
Awesome    
"I'm so happy to hear that you're getting through what can be the most difficult part of recovery...the beginning! I'm also really happy that you'll be able to start your mission papers soon, that's my ultimate goal as well. Keep up the work! This really is just the beginning of the marathon we run, but even though the journey to recovery could be as long as our lives, that does not mean we can't be hopeful about the wonderful future our Heavenly Father has in store for us when we ultimately succeed. Hope we can both make it to the mission field clean and prepared, man. Good luck!"
posted at 10:19:02 on August 6, 2010 by Brunner1551


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"Freedom from your transgression will come through sincere faith, true repentance, willing obedience, and the giving of self. Why the giving of self? Because selfishness is at the root of your problem. Where selfishness and transgression flourish, the Spirit of the Lord can’t enter your life to bless you. To succeed, you must conquer your selfishness. When your beacon is focused on self, it does little more than blind your vision. When turned outward through acts of kindness and love, it will light your path to happiness and peace. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990