To Move a Mountain
By stargazer
10/17/2008 8:48:59 AM
Jacob 4:6 — Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
I used to wonder why a prophet would ask a mountain to move, and to imagine what a sight it would be if that could really happen! Where would it go? Wouldn't it be messy, with trees and rocks flying around? I thought of Mt. Rainier--here today, gone tomorrow! (What about the squirrels?)

I am on day 31 of my recovery, and now I view this "move a mountain" thing differently, because I know that Heavenly Father has helped me move the mountain of my addiction!! I have tried for 20 years to overcome this problem, and have failed; I'm a litltle slow, but I'm finally getting it: I can't do this by myself. I've tried and tried, and failed and failed.

As part of my program I read blogs by addicts every morning. One person had a "How to Get Sober" section. He said: Every morning, before your feet hit the floor, ask God to help you stay sober today. Every night, thank God for helping you. It's that simple." I have been doing that, (plus reading and writing every day) and have been clean! I feel incredibly closer to Heavenly Father, and firmer in my testimony that He does hear and answer prayers. I've been active for 33 years, and though everything at church encourages me to be closer to Heavenly Father, I haven't been as spiritual as I am now. I have mixed feelings about this addiction: I hate having it, but love that it has brought me into a more intimate, "I Need Thee Every Hour" relationship with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.

Jacob 4:6 is a great verse for recovering addicts. Good luck, fellow lds addicts, with YOUR mountain removal programs!


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posted at 10:00:17 on October 17, 2008 by robin

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"Now, my brothers and sisters, let not Jesus’ redemption for us stop at the immortalizing dimension of the Atonement, “the loosing of the bands of death”. Let us grasp the proffered gift of eternal life! We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either “suffer even as I”, or overcome “even as [He] … overcame”. His beckoning command is to become “even as I am”. The spiritually settled accept that invitation, and “through the atonement of Christ,” they become and overcome! "

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987