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Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.

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Step Experiences

  • We may not be able to control the temporal setbacks we have incurred in this life, but through my Savior Jesus Christ I have learned I can control my spiritual destiny. Admitting I had a problem was the most rejuvenating thing I have ever done. It was that very moment the Savior's healing started to repair my broken spirit.

    October  2013|Colbywbond

  • Admitting a weakness and an addiction was one of the hardest experiences of my life. Did well in school and sports but overtime the addictions caught up with me years later especially when I wasn't focused on my career. The temptations appeared anytime out of nowhere. Sometimes they would go away after I prayed and worked harder and sometimes no matter what I did they kept coming back. Looking back I was trying to use my will power to overcome my weaknesses like I did with homework and everything else. Managing my thoughts was something I had a challenge with. That’s when I realized that I was becoming what my most focused and dominant thoughts were. That first 12 step class I walked into gave me strength and courage as I saw the missionaries and others with addictions who was looking for healing. Their stories gave me hope that I could overcome my addictions. When it was my turn I just broke into tears. I want and need to be an example to my family. I want to feel clean and pure again.

    October  2013|Stephen

  • Step one was the most difficult step to take but also the most freeing. To finally admit to myself with no other motivation than I just could not continue living like this any longer. I had lost ALL hope to continue living the way I was living. I knew there was a different way and I found it by the grace of God. Yet I had to take the first step of faith into the fire. The cleansing fire. When I realized I was completely helpless in my addiction I prayed to God on my knees and humbled myself to the core, asking and pleading for his protection. I realized I was nothing and I would be dead without him. I was and still am a small, weak little child and my Father is protecting and guiding me. I had to be honest to myself and to God! Once I was honest the healing began. I am so grateful to the Great Physician my Lord and Savior. He saved my life but more importantly he gave me freedom and he paid the ultimate price.

    October  2013|free@last

  • I am a beginner here. I am so happy to find this site. I love this first step and have answered all the questions to the best of my ability. I believe that answering the questions have been very beneficial in this step to being honest with myself. This step has given me the courage to confess my shortcomings to my bishop. I am already a very honest person BUT I have made this same mistake over and over and have confessed it to him so many times that I'm afraid that he thinks I'm insincere and a broken record. However! I am wrong in thinking that. I know that my bishop is a man of God and moreover because of his mantle, he is one of the most patient men I know. I know I am safe to confess to him yet again my shortcomings. I must do it...for myself. I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel is true. I'm looking forward to Step 2 and to being released from bondage. I'm excited about this road to recovery. Thank you all for the sharing of your knowledge.

    October  2013|SnowFlower

  • I was divorced because of my addiction to pornography and living alone in an apartment. Through the Church's adult singles program, I met a woman I would later marry. But after 3 days of dating her, I awoke one morning feeling the Spirit stronger than I had in years and I was told that I needed to tell her about my addiction. I followed the prompting and told her that day about my addiction. I asked her afterward if she knew of any local addiction recovery meetings. She had a friend that led the recovery meeting for general addictions and who had contact information for the local PASG meeting. She found out they also had one for the family and friends of the addict meeting at the same time. We went to our first meetings that week. We still attend each week. I've been sober a little over 27 months. I thank God for prompting me that day to be honest and admit that I needed help. He's brought so many blessings into my life since that day.

    October  2013|Smiles

  • I’m completely dependent upon my Heavenly Father’s mercy extended to me through the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. My hope and prayer is that They will be loving and merciful regarding my unmanageable life- I know They will be and I choose them!

    August  2013|Cecil