“I speak to all whose freedom to choose has been diminished by the effects of ill-advised choices of the past.  I speak specifically of choices that have led to excessive debt and addictions to food, drugs, pornography, and other patterns of thought and action that diminish one’s sense of self-worth.  All of these excesses affect us individually and undermine our family relationships.

“Of course some debt incurred for education, a modest home, or a basic automobile may be necessary to provide for a family.  Unfortunately however, additional debt is incurred when we cannot control our wants and addictive impulses.  And for both debt and addiction, the hopeful solution is the same—we must turn to the Lord and follow His commandments.  We must want more than anything else to change our lives so that we can break the cycle of debt and our uncontrolled wants.


“We must want, more than anything else, to do our Heavenly Father’s will and providently provide for ourselves and others.  We must say, as did King Lamoni’s father, ‘I will give away all my sins to know thee’ (Alma 22:18).  Then we can go to Him with steadfast determination and promise Him, ‘I will do whatever it takes.’

“Through prayer, fasting, obedience to the commandments, priesthood blessings, and His atoning sacrifice, we will feel His love and power in our lives.  We will receive His spiritual guidance and strength through the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  Only through our Lord’s Atonement can we obtain a mighty change of heart (see Mosiah 5:2; Alma 5:14) and experience a mighty change in our addictive behavior.”


From an address by Elder Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually,” given at the April 2009 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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