Loneliness and Comfort
By intothewest
8/11/2015 6:10:49 AM
I am so grateful for this community, in which I have been able to fulfill two of my biggest needs: to love and be loved. I am so thankful for the many times that others have comforted me on this site, and I am grateful for the opportunities the Lord has given me to manifest His love and comfort by using me.

I feel that too often, our rhetoric as members of the church in regards to pornography or any other challenge is far too centered on personal responsibility. It is easy to blame the drug addict, or the porn addict for his/her actions. It is much harder to have Christlike empathy and compassion.

One of Spencer W. Kimball's ideas in 'Miracle of Forgiveness' is that sin is a response to deep, unmet needs. My sexual temptations are often strongest when I'm lonely. While this is a personal struggle, I don't feel uncomfortable in generalizing the idea. Many more people in the Church struggle with not feeling loved than we believe. Again, that's where this site comes in. I really do feel so edified to be a part of this community. God be with you all.


Wishing there was a LIKE button    
"Well said! I am looking forward to the updates coming to this site. Boy I wish there was a LIKE button for this...but until then.....LIKE!!!

So many people do not recognize the emotional connection that you are talking about. We were created in the image of God the most loving, feeling, emotional being. We were meant to be the same. "All the feeling of a tender parent"..."Can ye feel so now?"..."Therefore ye shall feel that it is right" and almost all of D&C 121...these scriptures are all emotions, feelings, the way we connect to our creator and to who we really are. Embracing emotion creates greater, more effective healing because the very root of the issue is then reached, knowing who we are. Children of God."
posted at 22:28:41 on September 1, 2015 by Anonymous
"There are several different acronyms out there that people use but my ARP mentor uses: H.A.L.T


Any of these things often become immediate triggers for us and we turn to our addiction to sooth the problems."
posted at 23:17:02 on September 1, 2015 by maddy

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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. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990