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After I had my first baby, I was completely in love as a new mother and wife. A week or two later, my husband of 9-months came to me to tell me of his relapse with pornography during the last couple months of my pregnancy. My humble heart was completely shattered. My whole life I had witnessed the devastating effects of pornography, infidelity, and divorce. I wanted more for my new little family and that was taken from me. I was lost and broken and without hope. Relying on my Father in Heaven, I kept praying. I didn't want anything to do with my husband. I didn't like him. I hated him. I was rude to him. And I treated him very poorly. After months, I found the Spouse and Family ARP guide. I realized my heart ache and experience is so common! It comforted me and I hurt for other people at the same time. The ARP program put my trials into an eternal perspective. It led me on the path of healing because of Christ and I know the Man of Grief a little better. He gave me hope.
What joy and gratitude I feel! I have spent years attending recovery groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon and learned so much of the Atonement. Now it is available in a pure and sweet forum for all Saints. I can't help but recall, "Come unto me all ye that labor or are heavy laden and I will give you rest." These principles will console and lift burdens. Work it, cause it's worth it!
How has your loved one’s behavior impacted you? I feel a lot of anger and frustration in addition to fear and some shame. I just found this program after spending my day at church thinking about how I need to let go of my loved one’s behavior. But I don’t quite know what that means. I admit I am powerless to make my loved one change.