I invite each one of you to thoughtfully review your life. Have you deviated from the standards that you know will bring happiness? Is there a dark corner that needs to be cleaned out? Are you now doing things that you know are wrong? Do you fill your mind with unclean thoughts? When it is quiet and you can think clearly, does your conscience tell you to repent? For your peace now and for everlasting happiness, please repent. Open your heart to the Lord and ask Him to help you. You will earn the blessing of forgiveness, peace, and the knowledge you have been purified and made whole. Find the courage to ask the Lord for strength to repent now” (Richard G. Scott, in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 103; or Ensign, May 1995, 77).
Step 4 is one way to follow Elder Scott’s counsel. Find a quiet time to pray for direction and courage as you review your life. Prayerfully seek time for self-evaluation, and record the ideas that come to you as you consider Elder Scott’s questions.
I feel really good right now. I feel that I’m ready to honestly complete step 4. I’m nervous about revealing my life to the Bishop and a trusted person, but I know it’s an integral part of the addiction recovery process. I’m grateful for steps 1 through 3 that have better prepared me to complete this step. I feel I’ve received guidance as to how I plan to do step 4 and I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful to be working hard to submit my will to God on a daily basis and to ask for help as I need it. I feel this is such an important part of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ – if everyone really understood what it means to “do God’s will” we would all be a lot happier in every aspect of our lives. I’m grateful for this trial in my life that is helping me know how to truly USE the Atonement in my life every day.