Notes from meeting with the bishop today
By dan
10/15/2006 9:45:30 PM
My bishop gave me some great advice today. I told him that I’m frustrated because despite my best efforts to pray and humble myself daily and work the 12 steps, I still don’t feel delivered from my temptations. I feel it now and then and on certain days or weeks, but overall I still feel enslaved by my addiction and I'm having a hard time having hope of a complete recovery.

He read several examples in the scriptures that drove an important point home. He read in Alma about when the people were in bondage to the Lamanites. These were covenant making people and were the people of the Lords church. Despite their pleading for deliverance, the Lord didn’t deliver them. Instead He strengthened them and made their burdens light. That was their test. It was a test of patience. They could have gotten mad and reasoned that the Lord would never deliver them and that it was no use to continue in faith. But instead they “cheerfully and patiently” continued in their trials. When they passed the test; that is when the Lord completely delivered them.

Another story he shared was about Job. Job’s wife told him to curse God and die but Job said, “Though the Lord destroy me, yet will I believe”. Then he told about Joseph Smith in Liberty jail. Of all the people who didn’t deserve to be tested even further, it had to be him. But yet the Lord saw fit to continue trying his patience and faith.

So the answer to my question was that I needed to be patient and cheerfully accept the will of the Lord. It could be right away that I see a change of heart or I could be battling temptation for the rest of my life. Either way, I can’t give up. I have to just continue to work my recovery program and accept the Lord’s will.

I thought that was a pretty profound answer and it was just what I needed to hear.


"Great thoughts, Dan. I came to that realization a while back while reading that exact section in the Book of Mormon that your bishop read to you. Actually I think it was my first blog on this site: Keep submitting cheerfully and with patience. You'll make it! We all will if we continue to rely on the Lord. That's one reason he doesn't deliver us right away I think. He wants us to really learn to rely on him."
posted at 08:02:23 on October 16, 2006 by derek

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"Freedom from your transgression will come through sincere faith, true repentance, willing obedience, and the giving of self. Why the giving of self? Because selfishness is at the root of your problem. Where selfishness and transgression flourish, the Spirit of the Lord can’t enter your life to bless you. To succeed, you must conquer your selfishness. When your beacon is focused on self, it does little more than blind your vision. When turned outward through acts of kindness and love, it will light your path to happiness and peace. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990