Using the Atonement

Using the Atonement
when fighting an addiction

(The following is a post from one of the young men who is participating in our new On-Line version of Sons of Helaman called, Sons of Mosiah.)
Back when I was losing battles 3 to 5 times a week (which was only 3 months ago), I blamed my loses on stress from school. Someone in this group (Sons of Mosiah) pointed out to me that I was putting my schoolwork before God. I really was. At the announcement of the missionary age being lowered and the call to be prepared and worthy to serve, I got the push I needed to realign my life with God. Seriously, there is only ONE way to overcome this, or any other sin or addiction we may ever face. You may find short-term solutions that don’t involve God, but they are just that, short-term solutions. Ultimately, there is only ONE way to overcome sin and become pure and clean. It is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
In Alma 7:12, it reads “… [Jesus Christ] will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
He has suffered for our sins. He has suffered for our addiction. He knows the pain and sorrow we feel. He knows how desperately we want to be free of it. He knows us each individually. He knows how to succor, to help, to give aid to, to save us. For me, I had to stop trying to wait for some miracle to change my life. The miracle, or the Atonement, has already occurred. We just need to do our part, little by little, step by step, to come unto Christ and to feel of his redeeming grace which saves us all. I feel that I need to share this with you, but also for myself. By sharing our knowledge and testimony, we strengthen it. I am not to the point that I want to be at, to “shake at the very appearance of sin,” (2 Nephi 4:31) but I am coming closer to this point.
I am on day 59. I know, without a doubt, that each and everyone of us can and will overcome this through Jesus Christ.
(my reply)
I just finished reading (this young man’s) testimony of the power and necessity for the Atonement. He teaches a true principle. I hope you have figured out that everything we do in Sons of Helaman and Sons of Mosiah are designed to be stepping stones toward building this type of relationship with Christ and to anchor yourself in your personal relationship with him.
Did you see the caldron that London used for the Olympics this last summer? We warriors are like the individual petals of the giant flaming caldron, but Christ and his power if the miracle of fire. As we come together to channel that power, for a season, we use that power to strengthen each other. As time transitions, we use that power to reach out, as did the sons of Mosiah from the Book of Mormon, to transfer the heat we have found to those who are cold…who currently do not feel the warmth of the Gospel and the Atonement.
I have learned to walk with one hand in the fire, holding to the iron rod, and use the other hand to reach out, to bring others back. Working to do both every day has filled my life with joy and meaning that I hope all of you feel as you progress through life.
Fight on! Love on!

About Maurice W. Harker, LPC

Director of Life Changing Services, Director of Sons of Helaman, Facilitator of the WORTH group, Consultant for the Daughters of Light program.