Websites, books, talks, videos, and other links you might find helpful in your search for recovery. Keep checking back here, because I add more items to my list of resources as I discover them.
Articles and Talks
Sin vs. Weakness
- Wendy Ulrich has written a beautiful talk about the difference between sin and weakness. It is easy to confuse those concepts and end up with an incorrect approach to spiritual growth and recovery.
- Article in the Ensign April 2015: It Isn’t a Sin to Be Weak
- Brad Wilcox beautifully describes how the power of the Atonement operates in our lives.
- David A. Bednar has given great insight into how the Atonement operates in our daily lives.
- Ensign April 2012: The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality
- Elder Richard G. Scott has given two conference talks in the last few years in which he discusses how to use the tool of writing to receive personal revelation.
- Conference talk in April 2012: How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life
- Conference talk in October 2009: To Acquire Spiritual Guidance
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the First Quorum of the Seventy wrote an excellent article published in the July 2014 Liahona explaining the difference between perfectionism and seeking to become perfect.
- Elder Cecil O. Samuelson gave a BYU Devotional on what it means to be perfect in which he explains that worthiness and perfectionism are not synonyms. A portion of it was printed in the January 2006 New Era, along with a chart comparing perfectionism with doing your best. In 2011 when he was BYU President he gave another devotional on this topic which is printed at the link below in its entirety and where you can also listen to it.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a wonderful talk in the April 2014 General Conference in which he lists 3 types of challenges that keep us from fully living the gospel. The second type of challenge he discusses is addiction.
- A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is available as a PDF for download or can be purchased from Deseret Book.
- Colleen Harrison’s He Did Deliver Me from Bondage is a wonderful book that I continue to use in my program. I think of it as a study guide to the Book of Mormon through the lens of the 12 steps. You can purchase it from Amazon.com: He Did Deliver Me From Bondage (20th Anniversary Edition), Deseret Book, or directly from the publisher, Hearthaven Publishing.
- There are two books published by other 12-Step fellowships that I find particularly useful in working the steps:
- Sometimes fear can paralyze us and make it difficult to progress. I have found this book useful in overcoming this fear: Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.
- Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves, by C. Terry Warner, is a wonderful resource for addressing broken relationships. The first part of it is a difficult read, because it holds up a mirror for you to look at your part in those relationships, but don’t give up. The rest of the book will help you change.
- The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict is from The Arbinger Institute. It is very useful, especially while working Steps 6 and 7, to find new ways to heal relationships.
- Moroni 7:33 “And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.”
- Isaiah 41:10,13 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness…For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
- The website for the Addiction Recovery Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a wonderful resource. There is a bright red “find a meeting” button in the upper right. There are two main content sections of the site, both of which contain resources for and stories of people who are finding help and recovery.
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