An Apology and Update
By Healed
8/22/2014 5:45:32 PM
I want to sincerely apologize to everyone on LDSAR for my aggressiveness and prideful arrogance when I frequented the blog many months ago. I especially want to apologize to They Speak, Girlie and Be Clean. I was very contentious in my posts and I was wrong in how I came across. When things I posted came from inaccurate and questionable sources, I should have admitted I was a dunderhead right then. I’m sorry.

I used to post under Kick It, but for some reason, the web site won’t take that handle anymore. I want to update my progress. As the older hands know, I first came on the blog and described how I had several unclean spirits cast out of me by my bishop. That was on Dec. 19, 2012 and things have only gotten better. I have not had a single temptation to act out since then.

While attending the temple a few months ago, I learned something about myself. I had just finished the session and was in the Celestial Room with my wife. While in there, I was contemplating a recent HOPE meeting. The step included the subject of pride and the quote by Pres. Benson was on my mind. I had a very powerful witness come over me that I was very much afflicted with the sin of pride. After a couple minutes, I remarked about that witness to my wife. I told her I needed to change and that I was sorry. She said, “It’s about time.” I have made some very strong progress in overcoming my pride. I still have a ways to go, but I think about it and work on it every day.

I have a very different view about the causes of addiction and have spent nearly 500 hours researching those causes and how to fight them. I’ve learned some things that blew me away. Did anyone know that the Prophet Joseph Smith, while on his knees in the Sacred Grove was sorely tempted by Satan with evil thoughts and pictures? Joseph was “severely tempted by the powers of darkness,” (“An Interesting Account,” Orson Pratt, 1842). Satan “filled [Joseph’s] mind with doubts and brought to mind all manner of inappropriate images to prevent him from obtaining the object of his endeavors; but the overflowing mercy of God came to buoy him up and gave new impetus to his failing strength,” (“Ein Ruf aus der Wüste [A Cry out of the Wilderness]”, Orson Hyde, 1842).”

There is so much more that I will present in a non-confrontational way in future posts. Again, please accept my apology.


I forgive you    
posted at 18:39:28 on August 23, 2014 by Anonymous
Good to hear from you    
"I, for one, always appreciated your viewpoint as one of many important, helpful views.

I am cautiously optimistic that you will see value in other people's opinions on this site and realize that yours is not the only way for those who struggle to be healed."
posted at 14:57:27 on August 26, 2014 by BeClean
posted at 01:03:05 on January 28, 2015 by they_speak

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" Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself?The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. "

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General Conference October 2006