Went to the Bishop Tonight!
By Fatherofone
4/11/2012 10:47:39 PM
Well, I went and talked to the Bishop tonight! I was dreading it all day, and when I got there, he was all smiles and welcomed me in. After talking with him for a bit, explaining my problems and how I had basically been battling my addiction by myself, he was great. I explained to him that I was pretty much ready to do this the right way and accept the help that was available to me. He asked me how I envisioned my recovery and repentance, and I told him that I hope to go to AR meetings, and eventually get to the point that I am past this, and to help others with addictions as they come to meetings. He thought that was pretty great.

I think the thing I took away from my meeting with him more than anything was that I'm not an idiot. He was really encouraging, and made sure to tell me that I am still a good man.He reminded that having an addiction is not the end of the world, and that we are more than just our weakest parts. A lot of times, Satan is there telling us how stupid we are, and how our addictions define who we are. In reality, we are children of God, as much as Satan would love for us to forget. Heavenly Father wants the addicts and the sinners to pray to Him, lean on Him, and learn of Him more than anybody else, I think. The Saviour didn't spend His time on Earth with the righteous. He spent his time dining and conversing with the sinners. He saw the value in them, and he sees the value in us. We are precious to Him, and sees the good in us. To him, we are not defined by our addictions. He sees us as we really are.

So needless to say, the interview went well. For the time being, I am a regular on the Bishop's weekly schedule. We are planning on just following up on the previous week and talking about how things went. He made it clear that he's basically just there to back me up, be a support, and give guidance. It's exactly what I need. I'm also planning on going to a meeting either this week or next. I'm nervous about it, but after tonight I am more reassured that it's where I need to be. I pray everybody else is able to feel the Spirit in their lives this week! I can feel it again tonight, and it's a feeling I have missed.


Good for You    
"The 1st time I went to my Bishop I felt like I had lost 20 lbs. It is such a relief not to carry the burden anymore.
I'm very happy for you. Don't delay going to a meeting. They are very helpful. Keep moving forward."
posted at 02:11:03 on April 13, 2012 by ME

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"Don’t live your life in despair, feeling sorry for yourself because of the mistakes you have made. Let the sunshine in by doing the right things—now. It may be difficult to begin, but pick up the scriptures and immerse yourself in them. Look for favorite passages. Lean on the Master’s teachings, on His servants’ testimonies. Refresh your parched soul with the word of God. The scriptures will give you comfort and the strength to overcome. "

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General Conference May 1990