August 28, 2010

The AA program

My companion and I have been going to a local AA program with one of the women we are teaching. The AA program is really interesting and has lots of great qualities about it. I love that it is a support system for those who are struggling. I love that they have sponsers they can call on to help them in a ruogh situation. The only thing that makes me sad about the program is that they are to believe that they have NO power over their own lives. That the very agency (ability to choose) given to them by God is something that they do not possess.

One of the greatest blessings we have in this life and teachings of the Mormom church is that in Heaven we all chose to come here to earth and then while here CHOOSE what we do . We all knew there would be difficult times but we also knew that it would be 'worth it' so we could live with God again. We have the choice in this life to make choices: have jobs, go to school, have families, stay single, volunteer, or do nothing too. :P

Satan would have us believe that we have no right to choose. And his ultimate goal is to make us miserable. And to me, not being able to choose things for myself makes me miserable. Rules are VERY hard for me lol, and being a misionary we have lots of rules. But again, he didn't say it would be easy, just worth it! When we let something over power our lives like alcohol or drugs or pornography we are giving in to Satan's plan: wherein we have NO AGENCY.

What a blessing to have modern day prophets to help guide us and warn us of dangers. When the commandment called the Word of Wisdom was given to church members clear back in the 1800's Joseph didn't know of the problems that smoking and drinking would cause, he just knew that Heavenly Father had commanded us not to partake. And now we see the addictive qualities and life quality problems they cause.

Now, I am not saying that the AA program is bad. I think that it is a GREAT program to help people out or a slump. I am just grateful to know that I DO have agency over my own life and nothing and no one can take that away from me.

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