Weak Things Made Strong
By iamstrong
3/21/2012 10:37:48 PM
Ether 12:27 — And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
About a year and a half ago when my recovery started catching fire, I began a Recovery Journal. I wrote in it whenever I felt anything. Sadness, despair, hope, relief. So many entries were filled with pain and pleading to my Father in Heaven for Him to send someone to help me. Many entries contained stories of answered prayers and moments when I saw God work in my life. I still keep this journal. And when I am unsure if I've made progress, I look back and see the beginning from the end.

Pres. Uchtdorf gave a great talk called See the End From the Beginning. I love it! Because it shows how one of his trials ended up saving him from something greater and helped him to achieve his goal of being a pilot. I try to face my trials with that attitude that they are there to save me and to prepare me for the great things that lie ahead.

I recently felt so down. I prayed to know if I should take a break from this church school because I'm struggling and I received a clear answer that I should when my academic advisor and Bishop said they thought it would be best. I felt like this was unfair. I am changing. I am a new person. Why do they think I should go? Ugh, I hate this weakness.

But then I went home and I got a phone call from a young woman back home. She called saying she needed me. She would buy a plane ticket if she had to. Because she thought nobody understood, and I wouldn't either. But at least she could cry to me. After a while, I felt like I needed to share my experience with her. I felt like I was killing her hero. She looked up to me as the perfect happy Mormon girl. But I was telling her about how I felt all alone because I had a secret. I felt gross when I went to church. I felt like nobody understood and I couldn't tell my parents or my bishop or friends, anyone. I told her about what the Gospel means to me now. And how there is hope. After I told her, she confessed to me that she struggled with something somewhat similar. We both cried on the phone. We strengthened each other.

And all of a sudden, I saw God working in my life again. Perhaps this was why I was needed at home. To work on myself but to also help others. To use my experience to bring hope, to spread God's message of hope.

God gave me a weakness and showed it to me. My weakness keeps me humble and close to the Lord because I know I can't overcome it without Him. But His grace makes it possible for me to overcome and repent and be forgiven. If I humble myself and put my faith in God and His mighty plan, He can turn my weakness into a strength.

That's what He's doing right now. He's taking this weakness and giving me purpose. He's making it a strength in His plan for me. I can't wait to see how my great God uses me, a recovering addict, in His mighty plan.


Thats a good story    
"I liked the whole thing. We each have struggles. The only thong I might disagree with, is that Gof gave us these weaknesses. weaknesses think we have more agency than that. I dont think god gives us anything that hurts us, even if it makes us stronger. There is a plan, but we have a choice oh how we follow. He's there to pick us up when ee fall on out own, not necessarily to knock us down then pick us up.

But great story."
posted at 23:20:33 on March 21, 2012 by moroni
I agree.    
"It is our agency. My addiction is a result of my agency. But I do have a weakness for sexual things. My uncle's weakness is alcohol. It's in his genetics. It's just how he is. One sip of alcohol and he's alcoholic. So his agency, his choice to take the first drink, led him to addiction. But some people don't fall into addiction with the first drink. He definitely has a weakness. I have a weakness. And I definitely should have used my agency wisely. I should have avoided all of this completely. I should have not looked at porn. I should have not mbed. I should have not dated before I was 16. Some people date before their 16 and they don't have sex before marriage. I have a weakness. And my choices made me play to my weakness.

So I agree. I don't think God ever made me look at porn or wanted me to have this sexual addiction. But I do think that this weakness has given me understanding. So that I could look at that girl and know that she hates what she is doing but has a weakness. That she made a bad decision but this doesn't define who she is. I feel like this weakness helped me to even understand one of my brother's who is gay. (I come from a very Mormon, yet very different, family) I know that he should never act on his inclinations but I understand that he has that urge. I have sexual temptation all the time, my choices don't always eliminate my body's craving. And I've learned that he feels the same misunderstanding.

I completely agree with you. He doesn't knock us down. But He didn't create us perfect either. He created us with flaws. And in this life, he sanctifies us. Right now I have weaknesses, that I was born with, but God is strengthening me with each day. It says right there in the scriptures that God gave man weakness. But our choices can save us from them. God can save us from them if we choose Him."
posted at 23:53:19 on March 21, 2012 by iamstrong
The topic of Gay is a difficult one    
"I always wondered, why so many Mormons take such different positions. some say it is immoral and wrong, yet other come out and say you can be gay and still be a full member. Those mixed messages can confuse somebody a lot. But, in the world we live in, you can you've called a racist and bigoted for no reason. So the church makes official statements like you only get in trouble if you act upon inclinations. Is being gay a choice? Is it genetics or your situation. I have my own opinions but its interesting topic.

I do think we each have our special weaknesses. I know people that have problems with drugs but would never look at porn. The same is with me, I would never do drugs yet I look at porn. But I dont think this was my weakness to start with. I made myself weak, slowly, but surely I crept into this problem. I gave it to myself. The world is free, choices are made things happen, i dont think God has his hand in everything. We sometimes make the wrong choices simply because that was our own choice. We can never really understand everything, but we can choose bow we react to everything."
posted at 00:24:27 on March 22, 2012 by moroni
"We can think that God did not gives us this weakness, but the scriptures testify that he does give them to us, that we might be humble before Him. Please read Ether 12:27

IAMSTRONG, you are humble and that is why you can see Him moving in your life and the lives of others to whom you are called to serve through that very weakness. Keep up the good work"
posted at 00:28:16 on March 22, 2012 by Anonymous
Official church statement and publication    
""God Loveth His Children" has a quote from Elder Oaks, "All of us have some feelings we did not choose, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that we still have the power to resist and reform our feelings (as needed) and to assure that they do not lead us to entertain inappropriate thoughts or to engage in sinful behavior." I read this publication because it was written for those with same gender attraction but it applies to everyone. It addresses porn and how to develop self mastery. In an effort for my brother and I to strengthen and uplift each other in the Gospel, we read this and "Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts" (the publication on porn addiction). I suggest both of these to everyone.

A lot of times we understand our own trials but don't understand others. And that's normal. But if we want to be able to show God's love and help each other we have to try to know. Which is why many Bishops attend ARP meetings to try to understand. I think in order to love we have to try to understand and have compassion. Christ had sympathy and empathy before he tried to fix problems. And I kinda feel like sometimes I rush into trying to fix things. "This is bad. Don't do this." before I have sympathy."
posted at 01:34:35 on March 22, 2012 by iamstrong
weakness is not a sin    
"I read this book a few month ago and as you already mentioned, the prophet Moroni wrote an entire chapter about is weakness, faith and miracle.

Because of choice I made in my past, I have been addicted to sex. It is not coming from my savior any way but by his power he may do the miracle and transform my current weakness into a strength."
posted at 02:37:06 on March 22, 2012 by mike81
Here is ether 12:27    
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

Well, he says he will who us our weakness. I don't think he meant that he specifically gave us particular weakness, but he didn't make us perfect, therefore we have weaknesses. Assuming God created is, that means he created our weakness. You can read this different ways, but his point is of we are humble, he will make us stronger because of our faults. Not that the reason we are weak is because of him"
posted at 15:15:27 on March 22, 2012 by moroni
"We are never weak because of Him. But we were created weak. "I give unto men weakness" He gives us weakness to make us strong! His ways are higher than our ways. And I don't understand Him. I don't understand a lot of things. But faith is trust without reservation. And I trust Him.

My whole point in this is See the End From the Beginning.

Pres. Uchtdorf didn't know why he didn't get the nice bike. He saw it as a trial. A horrible trial. Riding a rusty bike pulling a laundry cart. Constantly being out of breath. It was rough. But it ended up saving his life. I don't know why I was introduced to porn at an early age. But I trust that as come to God that He will somehow use this in His work. Nothing is useless to Him. This can save my life in the future after I have made temple covenants (because then it is a MUCH BIGGER deal) because I will have greater understanding. This might help me to reach out and do missionary work. Somehow God will use me and my faults. Somehow this will be a great ending.

This also reminds me of the song Beautiful Heartbreak by Hilary Weeks, an LDS artist. The chorus is beautiful:

"Every fear, every doubt,
All the pain I went through;
Was the price that I paid to see this view;
And now that I'm here I would never trade...
The grace that I feel,
And the faith that I find;
Through the bitter-sweet tears,
And the sleepless nights;
I used to pray he'd take it all away,
But instead it became a beautiful heartbreak."

And that's what I am. Just a weak person. But as I come to Him, He can do great things with me.

Here's the link to Uchtdorf's talk:"
posted at 15:47:20 on March 22, 2012 by iamstrong
as kanye west put it    
""na na na that dont kill me, can only make me stronger""
posted at 23:43:06 on March 22, 2012 by moroni

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