idk maybe have an issue
By lasmith6
6/4/2013 8:23:25 PM
i have been clean for a little over a year now
but i may or may have no messed up tonight
i sent a picture of "cleavage" in a sports bra....dont tell me how stupid it is i already know. but im confused as to if i need to talk to my bishop or ask for forgiveness through earnest prayer.
the reason im asking is because i am a true over analyzer and a bit dramatic and i take things too seriously sometimes so that is why im asking.
am i freaking out too much over this?


Personal thought    
"I don't think this is bad enough for a bishop's visit, personally. Maybe if your current bishop knows about your struggles from a year before then it certainly wouldn't hurt to just mention it to him. I'm not sure if what I'm saying is doctrinally correct but IMO, personal repentance with Christ is good enough for a sin like that."
posted at 21:04:15 on June 4, 2013 by andrewb
hking the mountain    
"Please remember to view your recovery as a process and not an event. The "last" time an event happened sticks in your memory, it does for me, but that is not the point that the addiction ended. It is a process. You got yourself out of the pit that night, but you still have to walk each day avoiding new pits. Sometimes we trip, but have learned now not to fall. Eventually, we stop walking on the path with all the pits in the first place, and it really does become a thing of the past! There will come a time (still a long while from now i bet) when you CAN see a woman, attractive, and it will not turn you inside out. You will not be lusting, and you will not be doing so because you are looking for it, but because it simply presented itself in a situation you did not expect, and one that you could not have avoided, and when that moment is past you will not stew about it, it will pass with the moment.
We DO live with women, that is part of God's design. Not even just one woman, but all of them. There DOES come a time when it no longer haunts you. I promise this is so.
I could write a book on all I have learned, and by all means, if you wish to contact me I will share with you my lengthy lessons. But most importantly I want to give you my testimony that YOU CAN OVERCOME it. And you WILL have peace in spite of the taunting world around us."
posted at 13:02:29 on June 5, 2013 by nowell29
"lasmith6....did you say, you sent a picture of yourself??"
posted at 21:05:12 on June 5, 2013 by Hero
that's how i read it, hero    
"LASmith6, be still. Ponder. Ask God what he expects you to do in this instance. He loves you so much and doesn't want you to do things to hurt yourself or cause yourself grief, guilt, sorrow, regret, or pain. If you have these feelings, take full advantage of the atonement! He can take these destructive, depressing feelings away!!

Pray and ask what to do. Tell God truthfully how you feel about what you did (even if you're not as sorry as you think you should be yet). Sit still and listen. You will know if you need to go to the Bishop."
posted at 00:59:36 on June 6, 2013 by beclean
"Wish there was a like button!! Right on brother."
posted at 02:14:34 on June 7, 2013 by Hero
Can't hurt    
I'm not you so take this for what it is worth - but I've been to see the bishop, a lot, and it's typically a lot bigger deal than people make it out to be. I think you're spending way too much time and energy worrying about it!

If it were me in this situation, I would set up 10 min time with the bishop and say, "Hey, I've had these problems in the past. I've been good for about a year but recently had this happen. Just thought I'd come in and let you know and see what you thought and if you have any suggestions on how I can keep progressing."

That can only turn out positive. And you don't have to keep worrying about it or wondering if you should have gone. That's my two cents. When in doubt, just go and have a quick chat. It never hurts."
posted at 17:28:50 on June 9, 2013 by recovery.gdo

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"Lucifer will do all in his power to keep you captive. You are familiar with his strategy. He whispers: “No one will ever know.” “Just one more time.” “You can’t change; you have tried before and failed.” “It’s too late; you’ve gone too far.” Don’t let him discourage you. When you take the path that climbs, that harder path of the Savior, there are rewards along the way. When you do something right, when you resist temptation, when you meet a goal, you will feel very good about it. It is a very different kind of feeling than you have when you violate commandments—an altogether different feeling. It brings a measure of peace and comfort and provides encouragement to press on. "

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General Conference May 1990