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The 12 Steps as they relate to the Atonement
By BTTB
9/11/2010 10:03:52 AM
I attended our ARP training last night and we discussed the Introduction pages V-V1 of the Addiction Recovery Guide. It gives a great overview from the church and agency leaders as to how and why they set the foundation of the program.
Paragraphs 5-7 give a view of addiction, remaining two paragraphs give the path of healing by following the gospel principals.

The Atonement can be broken down into 3 areas, using the 12 Steps.

Steps one, two and three help resolve our relationship and love to God.
Steps four-nine help resolve our love of self.
Steps ten-twelve establish our love for others.

On another note: I am so grateful for the missionaries that are called to work in
ARP. They bring such a wonderful spirit to the meetings. The facilitators role is much different than that of the missionaries. We provide personal experiences with recovery. ARP is truly an inspired program. I am 6 years into it, and so very grateful, everyday, for the journey.

If you know of anyone who's world has been shattered by finding out they are living with an addict, or have been affected by addiction in any form, here are some ways to deal with it.
First: love them and accept them from where they are now.
Second: educate yourself about addictions, behaviors and your role in recovery.
Third: go to your Bishop and find the local ARP meeting, attend often and be open to the spirit there.
Fourth: Work the 12 Steps. They are truly inspired and aligned with Gospel Principals.

Family support groups are available in some areas. To find one, go the the LDS.org/
social services: find a meeting link.

Truly a grateful codependant today.

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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