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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

  • God is merciful and loving, He is kind and patient. Through the power of the Atonement I can be cleansed and empowered to continually do what is right. I feel that by learning and applying the principles of a broken heart and contrite spirit I can have the Spirit with me always. I believe that God wants me to learn certain principles and I will keep failing unless I learn them. Submitting to God`s will is one of the hardest yet most rewarding things there is in this life.

    May  2015|Landon

  • As an addict, it is very very hard to be honest or totally honest because of pride and it's many forms. Never in my life have I imagined being like this. I thought, I can do this on my own, but I was wrong. I confessed to my bishop many times, I have done all that I can do but I easily get tempted. I was into blaming others about my condition, but now I'm humbled as I evaluate myself. My branch president is an exceptional priesthood holder and I admire him so much, but I'm afraid to tell to him again about my problem because he already trusted me after my previous confessions to him. I have been so discouraged many times in my life about my situation. But I want to live, I don't wanna give up. I want to get back up to the right path continually. I need to break these chains through the Atonement of Christ and I believe that I can do this through His help. I'm not handicapped, but I'm sick or defected in some way and I need His grace. I know there's hope for me, I won't stop believing.

    May  2015|Corianton

  • The hardest thing for me to do was to come clean. I had to tell my wife about my addiction to sex. I then told my friend, which happened to be my Bishop. I started going to the PA meetings and found hope in recovery of my addiction. I thank Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for what they have done for me. The atonement and the process of repentance has helped me more than any one-on-one counseling could ever do.

    April  2015|Poppy

  • I herby admit that I myself am powerless to overcome my addictions and my life is unmanageable. I am confident that through this program and the love and care of my Heavenly Father and the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can go on a mission and one day be exhaled on high. I believe that Jesus wants me to be clean and I will do my best to ensure that His desire for that does not go unfinished. I have a problem. I want to be clean again, and the Atonement makes that possible for me.

    March  2015|Trent

  • I am very grateful that my soon to be ex-wife was listening to and followed the spirit. Thanks to her, I have been compelled to end my lifelong string of lies, deceit and carnal sin. I am now free from the weight of the chains of hell, however, I must continue to repent and endure to the end. That is the only way that I may have the atonement apply in my life. I look forward to making my Savior a significant part of each day. I love him and I know that he loves me.

    March  2015|Enduring

  • Almost two weeks ago I came to a realization that my life was not what I wanted it to be. I was dishonest with others and myself. I had put a up a wall between myself and God. I remember having a conversation with someone that I needed to put Christ above everything. That night I got on my knees and prayed. I told God that I didn't want to live in sin anymore. I told Him that I was afraid but that I wanted to trust Him more than ever. Later that day I heard something on pornography and it talked about rejoicing in the small victories. Everyday I have been trusting God, staying humble, and focusing on the small victories. I have felt more peace in my life than I have in a long time. I still have a long way to go but the Lord has been healing me as I submit to His will.

    October  2014|Humbled