Monday, February 3, 2014

Learning the Atonement--Addendum

So, this isn't the fourth part which I wrote about at the end of the last part, but I needed to make sure that I wrote this little note quickly.  It was praying on my mind all of last night.

First of all, I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the love and support that came my way with my posts yesterday.  It really helped me see how many people out there love me.  The response that I received is another example of why I love you all and love the Gospel.  So, thank you all again!

I just wanted to point out that the response I received kind of threw my plan for this series out the window.  I originally had intended to write 2-4 posts detailing my story over several days.  The first post was just a look into what I faced.  The rest of the posts would be filled with the things I learned, scriptures, conference talks, etc. as I told the rest of my story.  However, within a few hours I started receiving messages and calls sharing help for my problems.  I loved the response.  The only problem is that my problems are in the past, and I have long since moved past them.  Please don't lose any sleep over me because of my posts yesterday.  I am fine now, and always trying to be an upstanding human being.

I just wanted to quickly write about why I've done this to bring people back around and preview my next post.  I love the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It is my favorite topic of the Gospel because it saved me, as told in my last few posts.  I wanted to share my story of healing through the power of the Atonement.  When I originally thought and planned out my posts about this topic, I hadn't planned on sharing specifically what my sin was, but pornography is a great disease right now in our lives.  It affects just about everyone in one way or another, and I know that many people in the church struggle with it.  I decided to share my struggles in the hopes that someone might read it and come to know that healing is very much possible through the power of the Atonement.  The next post, which may be a few days from now will better look at many of the things I learned throughout my struggles.  It is really the meat of this series, and the reason why I wrote this post in the first place.

Thanks again everyone, but please don't lose any sleep over this.  If you haven't already read it, here is part 3 where I overcame my addiction.

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