I had the blessing to serve as a seminary teacher until my health problems got to be too much. I had the beautiful opportunity to study and learn so much from the Old Testament, New Testament and the Doctrine & Covenants as a teacher. This year I have a 15 year old son in his second year of seminary and they are studying the Book of Mormon. So this year I am committing my time to the study of this precious book with him.
One of the things that I have learned to do is to study the scriptures with a topic in mind. My emphasis will be addiction as I read this precious book. I would like to invite all who may be personally struggling with addiction, parents of children struggling with addiction, spouses of those struggling with addiction, those struggling with betrayal trauma and codependence as a result of addiction, to join me on this journey of discovery to see how this beautiful book will help you in your recovery process.
The second step to recovery states, “Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.” I testify that praying, reading and pondering the scriptures are an essential part of this healing process. It is from the scriptures that we come to know for ourselves just how much we are loved and discover the power He truly holds to heal us, and He will heal us.
“As we let go of pride and begin to consider bringing God back into our life, we will start to think in more prayerful terms. Eventually we will find ourself ready to kneel and pray aloud. We will find how good it feels to express your feelings and needs to God. We will feel we have reopened a conversation with someone who will always answer you, not always with a yes but always with love. At last we will begin to experience the healing effect of breaking out of self-imposed isolation.
The desire to communicate with God will lead us to study the words of modern and ancient prophets. As we write our thoughts, we will receive additional impressions from the Spirit. Study prayerfully, and the Lord will give us answers to our questions and needs.” -LDS Family Services ARP
To begin with I like to write down some questions and needs. Here are some ideas:
- How can I be a support to my struggling adolescent?
- How can I be a support to a struggling spouse?
- How can I overcome my addiction?
- How can I heal from my hurts and betrayal?
- How can I find peace when the one I love keeps falling back into old addictive practices?
- How can I stop trying to control my loved one who is struggling?
I have a testimony that as I have searched the scriptures with questions in mind, that answers do come, not immediately, and not always in the ways I expect, but they do come. I also know that the answers I have been searching for that have taken a long while, or haven’t come are sitting in a notebook waiting to be answered at a future date. I have learned to be okay with the fact that everything doesn’t always happen or get answered in our timetable, but come they will.