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My Bishop
By DaveC38
6/27/2012 12:21:12 PM
Hello all, last night I had an appointment to speak to my Bishop as I have recently came back to the church 6 months ago. I was nervous to say the least. I am the first to admit, out of pride, I wanted to do repentance on my terms, but I went into his office and was honest with him. I told him of my past addictions to drugs and alcohol, criminal history, and even about my current struggle with same-sex attraction! To my surprise, my Bishop treated me with nothing but love, respect, and genuine concern. His heart went out to me, and I know he was sincere. He has decided to send me to see a church sponsered therapist. I can not afford one at this time, ( $100 an hour ), so the church will pick up the bill for me. Sweet! However, he did tell me NOT to take the sacrament for the entire month of July. YIKES!!! The whole month... Is this normal? Has anyone heard of something like this before? Is this common? I heard it is, I don't know. And, how will I know when Heavenly Father has totally forgiven me. Any advice would be appreciated through this process. Thank you in advance... DaveC38

Comments:

hello    
"dear friend,

First of all congratulation for your honesty and courage,
Remember it is a great opportunity for your to show to our savior his sacrifice is important and not taking the sacrament mean a sense of respect and repentance

I Did not take the sacrament for 15 months, it up to the bishop and also to your self

God bless you

Your friend from europe"
posted at 14:19:18 on June 27, 2012 by mike81


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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."

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