Day 92 – Step Work
Although you may not have thought it possible before, you can now imagine entering the doors of the holy temple, drinking deeply of the peace there, and feeling close to the Lord in His house. In the temple, you will find spiritual power to continue in your recovery. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve testified: “Regular temple work can provide spiritual strength. It can be an anchor in daily life, a source of guidance, protection, security, peace, and revelation” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1992, 123; or Ensign, May 1992, 88).
Partaking of temple blessings on a regular basis is an important part of life in recovery for Latter-day Saint addicts. What are your plans for following THIS part of the pattern given for recovery?
I agree with this. I would like to set a goal to go to the temple two times per month – once with Becky and once on my own. I would also like to have a prayer in my heart when I go – whether it’s a question about how I can help Caleb or the other kids, or a concern, or something that I can think about and meditate on while in the temple.
If you are not currently a temple recommend holder, what are your plans to become one?
I am currently a recommend holder and look forward to going to the temple.
Serve others who struggle with addiction by sharing the principles of recovery; apply these principles in all aspects of life
The LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program offers great opportunities for service. You can serve others by attending meetings and sharing your experience, faith, and hope. You can support others and strengthen them.
As you have practiced the principles of the gospel, you have learned that the Atonement applies in every aspect of life. President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified: “For some reason we think the Atonement of Christ applies only at the end of mortal life to redemption from the Fall, from spiritual death. It is much more than that. It is an ever present power to call upon in everyday life. When we are racked or harrowed up or tormented by guilt or burdened with grief, He can heal us” (in Conference Report, Apr. 2001, 28; or Ensign, May 2001, 23).
You can share this message with others through your example and your words of encouragement. When you meet people throughout the day, greet them with a smile. Show gratitude for what they do. When opportunities arise, bear testimony of the hope that comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
We practice step 12 in the fullest sense, by being a sponsor or support person to other addicts. How are you being proactive in preparing for this important work?
I feel I’m being proactive by finalizing these steps, by going to meeting consistently, and by being willing and ready to help others. I know helping others is a crucial part of long-term recovery, and, since this is what I want and need, this is what I’m willing to do.
I will also continue to prepare by implementing a plan of attack once I finish the step work. I look forward to talking with Brandon about this too and getting his feedback on what’s next.
How do you feel as you prepare to be a sponsor to other addicts who suffer?
I feel hopeful. I feel a bit nervous. I feel like there may be questions that I don’t know how to answer. BUT, I feel ready. I feel like it’s what I want to do and what I’m supposed to do.
I’m grateful for what I’ve learned so far and look forward to moving forward in my recovery.
Have you considered being a facilitator or missionary in the Addiction Recovery Program?
Yes, both of these things are opportunities I’d like to be a part of when the time is right. Becky and I both feel this way.
Will you commit to continue to share your experience, faith, and hope with others, as you attend recovery and church meetings?
For sure! I feel like I’ve already started this process through teaching in Deacons and talking with my kids. I’m also willing to reach out to others who I feel may need what the program can bring – help using the Atonement each day of their lives.
I’m so grateful for where I am today. I know I couldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the recovery program and how it’s helped me learn how to use the Atonement one day at a time!