Last week one of the featured stories on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website was the announcement that the Church now has a website dedicated to the Addiction Recovery Program. Today you can find the article at:
I know that this information will be a blessing to many. It’s the third story down. When you click on it you will be taken to today’s article in Church News and Events and then to the website itself http://arp.lds.org. One of the great things about the new site is the ability to find a meeting in your area. You just type in your city, state, a zip and check the type of meeting you want. All the meetings within one hundred miles come up. Give it a try. Also featured is a video of a very inspiring recovery story along with messages to those struggling with addiction, to family members, and to ecclesiastical leaders.
Several years ago I was asked to give the key note address at Stake Women’s Enrichment. I was asked to introduce the 12 Steps of Recovery to the women and tell them a little about the LDS Addiction Recovery Program. I stood up at the pulpit and looked over my audience, beautiful women gathered at the church on a Saturday morning in their Sunday best, and I wondered who might possibly be blessed by my message. I proceeded. At the end of my talk the stake president leaned over and thanked me and said these words I will never forget, “Sister Wiggins, there is not one woman here whose life will not be affected by addiction.”
With those words in mind I invite you to become familiar with the wonderful new website and with this program. I know that the Lord is using the Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) to bring recovery and hope to many of us, as we come to understand the power available through the Atonement. This power is real. I see it at work in the lives of individuals every day. I know that this is an important part of His “rescue!” Take a look.
With much love,