What do I want most?
When I was a neurosurgery resident, a professor would give us algorithms to remember important information in what he called his “rules of three.” He called this “cerebral software.” And it is through writing spiritual software into our brains that we program protective and healing principles which lift and liberate. In beginning the programming process, three questions are essential. What do you want? What are you willing to do? How far are you willing to go? On a spiritual plane, these questions evoke the saving and exalting principle of consecration. Elder Neal A. Maxwell said, “Consecration is both a principle and a promise, and it is not tied to a single moment. Instead, it is freely given, drop by drop, until the cup of consecration brims and finally runs over.” (October Conference, 1995) Recovery is a process which occurs over time. Relapses are not uncommon in early stages of recovery, but as the person learns to avoid previous pitfalls and looks to the Savior, relapses will stop and full healing will occur. Those who heal completely from addiction will do so only through consecrating their all to the Savior and allowing the Atonement to do what they can’t do alone. As Elder Bruce C. Hafen said, “We can have eternal life, but only if there’s nothing else we want more.”(April Conference, 2004)
DONALD L. HILTON, JR.
2009 ADDICTION RECOVERY CONFERENCE