Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Plan for Overcoming Addictive Behavior

After meeting Michael Conant in Robinson IL, He suffered from a serious case of alcoholism. We used these steps to help him overcome his addiction. He became a member of The Church of Jesus christ after overcoming his addictions. How grateful I am for the healing power of the lord Jesus Christ may we all turn to him for the ultimate healing. Alma 7:11-13

A Plan for Overcoming Addictive Behavior

Adapted from Preach My Gospel, a guide to missionary service.

The following suggestions are helpful for those overcoming addictions:

· Outline the times, places, and people that contribute to the behavior. Then discuss the list with a spouse, bishop, ward missionary, or other trusted friend. Talk about what you need to do to change or avoid the items on the list.

· Write down what the behavior is causing you to miss now and, if not corrected, what it will cause you to miss in the future.

· Write down different things you can do to avoid or discourage inappropriate behavior. This may include talking to one’s spouse, calling the bishop or a friend for support, exercising, and any other activity that helps you avoid temptation

· Regularly pray, study the scriptures, listen to uplifting music, and read wholesome books.

· Possibly seek a priesthood blessing.

· Continue to be active in the Church, which is there to help you overcome problems and grow closer to the Lord.

· Attend, if appropriate support group or obtain professional help. In some places, LDS Family Services is available.

· Never give up! The Lord will assist you, even if it takes some time

Remaining active in the Church and striving to live faithfully are the most important things any individual can do in overcoming addiction problems.


Section 89
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 27, 1833. HC 1: 327–329. As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently he inquired of the Lord concerning it. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result. The first three verses were originally written as an inspired introduction and description by the Prophet.

1 A Word OF Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—
2 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—
3 Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.
4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—
5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.
10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—
11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.
12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009



Monday, February 23, 2009

Making Baptisms Magical !!!

Michell Withrow Baptism Robinson IL.
This day was the greatest day of Michell's life. My companion and I knew that so we did all we could to make her have a magical Baptism. follow these steps when planning a baptism.

"Missionary service is not easy, but it is infinitely worth it." M. Russell Ballard - 2005, Apr. Gen. Conf.

Making Baptisms Magical!!!

Most of us don’t remember all the little details that went into making our own baptisms magical so we sometimes forget to take care of a few details for our investigators, so here are some simple steps on how to make everything go Swimmingly. ( Get it ? )

· Step 1. Go through and design the program with the investigator, so they feel like they understand what is going to be coming. ( Do this with your Ward Mission Leader)

· Step 2. Make sure to go through the movements of baptism, teach them to bend there knees, to plug there nose, and to grip the person baptizing right on the wrist, to make sure they go all the way under.

· Step 3. Be sure to express the importance both to the investigator and the members of how important and spiritual a baptismal service is and to show up early, be reverent, and quiet during the whole service. Encourage the members to reflect upon there own baptism.

· Step 4. Make sure the person being baptized has white underwear for the baptism, and make sure they bring EXTRA UNDERWEAR and a TOWEL!

· Step 5. Have the person being baptized sit in the front row right beside the person who will be baptizing! And try to get the guest to sit in the more front rows, not the far back. Have the conductor excuse those that are part of the baptism first.

· Step 6. Be sure the font is full and as comfortable temperature as possible, and the all doors to the font and to the dressing room are unlocked.

· Step 7. Have the doors to the font open during the whole time the guests are in the room. So that the guest can see both the baptizer and the person being baptized walk into the water.

· Step 8. Be sure on program to have Hymn numbers and speakers on it.

Let us be the ones that make this a MEMORABLE and MAGICAL experience for our baptisms! So they may feel as the people in Mosiah Chapter 18 vs.30 “ And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the forest of Mormon, how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever.”