Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How can we call ourselves Christian?

N.Eldon Tanner
“How can we call ourselves Christians and say we love our neighbor – who is anyone in need of help – and fail to work with others who are endeavoring to set up facilities to assist alcoholics, drug users, or parolees from our prison? Yet there are those who would actually hamper such efforts because they object to having such facilities in their midst. These unfortunate people NEED OUR HELP. Surely we must be prepared to be the good Samaritan and help wherever possible.

How many of us keep the Word of Wisdom STRICTLY, but are most intemperate in our prejudices and condemnations of others? Are there any of us who, as businessmen, are meticulously polite and most regular in church attendance and yet accept glaring inequities in the social structure, and who may be unfair or dishonest in dealing with our neighbor? Are we truly interested in and concerned with the well-being of our neighbors?”

I love what I do and will continue to love and support those who desire to change their lives for the better and will provide them a place to do so. “All man kind may be saved”(3rd Article of Faith) and can change….are you willing to let them.
I am

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Honesty Step 1

"Freedom from addiction and cleanliness begin with a tiny flicker of will. The only requirement to Begin recovery is the desire to stop participating in the addiction.

Rarely do people caught in addictive behaviors admit to being addicted. To deny the seriousness of our condition and to avoid detection and the consequences of our choices, we try to minimize or hide our behaviors. One does not realize that by deceiving others and ourselves, we slip deeper into our addictions. As our powerlessness over addictions increased, many of us find fault with family, friends, church leaders and even God. We plunge into greater and greater isolation, separating ourselves from others, especially from God.

When we, as addicts, resort to lies and secrecy, hoping to excuse ourselves or blame others, we weaken spiritually. With each act of dishonesty, we bound ourselves with "flaxen cords" that soon become as strong as chains (2 Nephi 26:22). Then a time comes when we are brought face to face with reality. We can no longer hide our addictions by telling one more lie or by saying, " It is not that bad!"

We must let go of our Pride and seek humility.Pride and Honesty can not coexist. Pride is an illusion and is an essential element of all addiction. Pride distorts the truth about things as they are, as they have been, and as they will be. It is a major obstacle to your recovery.

"Pride is  very misunderstood....
most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtinee. All of these are elements of pride, but the heart, or core, is still missing.

The central feature of pride is enmity (feelings of hostility and hatred)
Enmity toward Fod and enmity toward our fellowmen." Ezra Taft Benson

When we choose to admit to ourselves that we have a problem and we become willing to to seek support and help, we gave that hope a place to grow. We have knowingly or unknowingly taken the first step to our recovery and are then ready to take the next step."


All material taken from the LDS guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing

12 steps

Trust in God
Change of Heart
Seek Forgiveness
Restitution and Reconciliation
Daily Accountability
Personal Revelation