This week is going to be a good one.
This week I’m going to submit my will to God in everything that I do.
This week I’m going to WORK THE PROGRAM.
Working the Program means reading from the manual, answering at least one question per day, and studying the scriptures in conjunction with the action steps for the step I’m on (Step 9 right now).
This week I will go to the meeting on Tuesday.
This week I will contact Devin to see how he’s doing.
This week I will not browse on Facebook.
This week I will not browse on Pinterest.
This week I will pray immediately when I feel tempted to lust or do something I know will detract from the Spirit.
This week I will be my best self by serving my wife and family.
This week I will work on the process of making the 12 Steps, their action steps, and the questions a part of AtonementToday.com so I (and others) can easily go to one place and answer the questions and work the steps.
I got caught up after starting this post today and am now back (1:41 p.m.) to finish. I decided to read from the October 2011 General Conference talks since a message I read the other day in the Ensign caught my attention. It said,
What Do We Learn in LDS General Conference?
“A fine member of the Church was talking with a neighbor who was not of our faith. When the topic of discussion turned to general conference, the neighbor asked, “You say you have prophets and apostles? And twice a year in a worldwide conference they reveal the word of God?”
“Absolutely,” the member replied with confidence.
The neighbor thought about that for a moment. He seemed genuinely interested and then asked, “What did they say in the last general conference?”
At this point the good member of the Church went from feeling excited about sharing the gospel to feeling embarrassed. Try as he might, he couldn’t think of the details of a single talk.
His friend found this troubling and said, “You mean to tell me that God speaks to man in our day and you can’t remember what He said?”
The brother felt humbled by this exchange. He vowed that he would do better to remember the words spoken by the Lord’s servants in general conference.” (http://www.lds.org/liahona/2011/09/general-conference-no-ordinary-blessing?lang=eng)
So, I read the first article by Richard G. Scott titled “The Power of Scripture“.
One of the things I recognized this time was how he talked about the help it can be to memorize scriptures.
Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change.
Pondering a scripture like that gives great direction to life.
A memorized scripture becomes an enduring friend that is not weakened with the passage of time.
Pondering a passage of scripture can be a key to unlock revelation and the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Scriptures can calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and a restoration of confidence in one’s ability to overcome the challenges of life.
I get from this that memorizing a scripture could be a great solution and help me fight off temptations.
I’m going to add this to my list of “I Want To Do’s”.