Receive, Then Share

In the beginning of Step Twelve in Healing Through Christ, it says “Our hope for the future is bright because we have come to realize that applying these spiritual principles will empower us to face all of life’s challenges. What is the message we offer? Our spiritual awakening has brought us to understand that our Savior knows us and our needs perfectly and can give us the power to do what we could never do on our own…. We have learned to personally rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ to heal our wounds, open our hearts and literally transform our lives.” And then Elder Scott counsels: “There are many around you who are confused and are seeking solutions to life’s perplexing problems. Share your testimony of truth and the power of faith with them.”

I can become very enthusiastic about some new thing and urge others to try it out, too, and then loss interest. But the step material is not really a new thing–this is an expression of the faith and beliefs upon which my life is founded. So it is new but also tried and true. And it is probably the most important thing; to know and love Jesus Christ, to feel the power of the Atonement in my life, to be cleansed of sin so I can receive the Holy Ghost–that is what is of most worth. And I am so eager to share these gospel principles and Twelve Step tools.

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When I was starting to come out of a horrible depressive period, when all I wanted to do was leave it behind and never look back, the Lord asked me to share my experience. It was agony to do it. But this is pure joy. I’m so grateful for the joy I’ve felt as I’ve worked, and worked hard, on the Twelve Steps these past months. I’m grateful for the way the Lord has walked me through them, given my mind understanding and my heart the experiences to feel deeply His love for me, and provided a glimpse into what my life can become as I become worthy to feel the Spirit more deeply every day. I’m grateful that I can share without hesitation and without personal pain. President Faust says: “To whom do we look, in days of grief and disaster, for help and consolation…They are men and women who have suffered, and out of their experience in suffering they bring forth the riches of their sympathy and condolences as a blessing to those now in need. Could they do this had they not suffered themselves?” I’m grateful that there have been people I can look to who have suffered and brought forth the riches of sympathy and example to me. And I hope I can become part of this circle of giving by doing that for others.

 

 

 

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