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12 Step Materials for the Latter-day Saint Community

The Pain or the Purpose

The Pain or the Purpose

We have to accept that life is a battle between two forces—the Truth and the Lie; Christ and the Liar. That’s just the way it is. The tug and pull, the on-again-off-again phenomenon is inevitable. We must also accept that we have no ability to determine the ratio of...
The Pain or the Purpose

A New Year of Baby Steps

A new year is upon us and many of us are taking inventory and making plans to change. We desire to be better, to do better, so we make long lists of resolutions, detailed itemizations of things we need or want to change in our lives. I think that taking inventory and...
The Pain or the Purpose

Peaks and Valleys, Ebbs and Flows

If you were in an intensive care unit, would you want the electrocardiogram to suddenly start producing a straight line?  Of course not!  As long as that line is going up and down, it means you’re alive.  Let the line go straight, with no valleys and no peaks, or in...
The Pain or the Purpose

The Most Important Thing

“But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.” (2 Nephi 1:15) This is a good reminder for me today—and every day. I start to think of all the things that are on my “to do”...
The Pain or the Purpose

A Very Short List

In my fear that I’ll forget something that needs to be crammed into the few spare hours I have each week, I’ve taken to my old ways of making long lists every day and checking them twice (an hour). Insidiously, I have felt the old insanity returning—the fear, the...
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