3/20/2014 8:59 am (mt) judy: logs in on 3/20/2014 8:59 am (mt).
3/20/2014 8:59 am (mt) judy: Welcome everyone. We’re about to officially start the meeting.
3/20/2014 8:59 am (mt) judy: A few reminders before we begin: : PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES. THEY’RE VERY IMPORTANT. When you want to share (at appropriate times) please state “I’d like to share” or words to that effect. When entering longer posts, enter every sentence or two to keep the flow going. When you’re finished, please say “that’s all” or end with three dots (,,,) so we know you’re done.
3/20/2014 8:59 am (mt) judy: WELCOME to the “90 in 90" HtH online meeting. Another name for this effort could be the “Daily Devotional” meeting. The idea of trying to attend as many of 90 meetings in 90 days as possible came originally from AA. It was sort of an intensive-care effort designed as a resource for those who needed it to “jump start” their program or just anytime they wanted a daily dose of recovery fellowship. On Saturday mornings, we will not hold this meeting, since a regular Saturday meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time.
3/20/2014 8:59 am (mt) judy: Would someone like to volunteer to offer the prayer? We just type it in like we would speak it aloud, as if we were saying it in person.
3/20/2014 9:00 am (mt) judy: I will pray
3/20/2014 9:01 am (mt) judy: Father ty for another morning to meet with thee
3/20/2014 9:01 am (mt) judy: in this meeting that helps us overcome our addictions and weaknesses through thee
3/20/2014 9:02 am (mt) judy: bless those that will be reading this meeting later
3/20/2014 9:02 am (mt) judy: or as they arrive today to this meeting
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: that they wiil find release from addiction
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: bless us with health and strength to do thy will
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: we ask this prayer in Jesus Name
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: amen
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: We’ll do introductions now. If this is your first meeting, you’re welcome to just state your first name and “I’m new,” or “This is my first meeting.” You may even just say, “I pass.” If when you state your first name you would also be willing to identify the challenge, addiction or compulsion that brought you to HtH, the length of time you’ve attended Heart t’ Heart or other Twelve Step groups, your length of abstinence and where you live, you are welcome to do so.
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: Also please keep in mind that this is a general focus meeting and we keep our sharing focused on recovery principles so as not to trigger or embarrass anyone. Extensive inventory type stories are not appropriate in meetings, but should be shared one-on-one with an experienced sponsor.
3/20/2014 9:03 am (mt) judy: Please post your intro whenever you are ready. We can sort it out. Please remember to end your last line of introduction with three periods . . . so we’ll know you’re finished. Please post your intros now.
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: I am Judy from Provo utah with the addiction of overeating and many more
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: Welcome, everyone. Heart t’ Heart is a twelve step support group patterned after the anonymous meetings which originated with Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930’s. It is dedicated to helping Latter-day Saint people overcome the bondage of compulsive/addictive behaviors through a practical proven application of the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ as they correlate with the Twelve Steps of AA. While Heart t’ Heart is not affiliated directly with the Church, we are a Latter-day Saint community resource that sustains and supports all of the Church’s doctrines and teachings.
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: The Heart t’ Heart Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions were adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous from AA’s original steps and traditions.
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: In this meeting we will post the Steps only. We will forego posting the traditions in our one hour format for the sake of time, but please refer to the HtH website to read through them. They are very important in helping us conduct our fellowship in groups. The version of the steps that we use most often includes actual phrases from the Book of Mormon that paraphrase the concepts in the original steps.
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: The first three steps are often called the surrender steps. 1. Admitted that we of ourselves are powerless, nothing without God. (Mosiah 4:5; Alma 26:12) 2. Came to believe that God has all power and all wisdom and that in His strength we can do all things. (Mosiah 4:9; Alma 26:12) 3. Made the decision to reconcile ourselves to the will of God, offer our whole souls as an offering unto Him, and trust Him in all things forever. (2 Nephi 10:24; Omni 1:26; Mosiah 3:19; 2 Nephi 4:34)
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: The next two steps are the inventory steps: 4. Made a searching and fearless written inventory of our past in order to thoroughly examine ourselves as to our pride and other weaknesses with the intent of recognizing our own carnal state and our need for Christ's Atonement. (Alma 15:17; Mosiah 4:2; Jacob 4:6-7; Ether 12:27) 5. Honestly shared this inventory with God and with another person, thus demonstrating the sincerity of our repentance, and our willingness to give away all our sins that we might know Him. (Mosiah 26:29; Alma 22:18 )
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: The next two steps are the ones that address a mighty change of HEART, not just habit (outward behavior). 6. Became humble enough to yield our hearts and our lives to Christ for His sanctification and purification, relying wholly upon His merits, acknowledging even our own best efforts as unprofitable. (Helaman 3:35; 2 Nephi 31:19; Mosiah 2:20-21) 7. Humbly cried unto the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts for a remission of sins that through His mercy and His grace we might experience a mighty change of heart, lose all disposition to do evil, and thus be encircled about in the arms of safety because of His great and last sacrifice. (Alma 6:18; Alma 38:8; Moroni 10:32; Mosiah 5:2; Alma 34:15-16)
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: The next two steps are the amends steps: 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make restitution to all of them (even those we had harmed in what we might have considered righteous anger), desiring instead to be peacemakers and to do all that we could to come unto God by being first reconciled to others. (3 Nephi 12:9; 3 Nephi 12:24; 3 Nephi 12:44-45) 9. Made restitution directly to those we had harmed, confessing our own wrongdoing in each instance, except when to do so would further injure them or others. (Mosiah 27:35; 3 Nephi 12:25; Mosiah 26:30)
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: The last three steps are referred to as the maintenance steps: 10. Realizing that the weakness to be tempted and to sin is a part of the mortal experience, we continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it, being willing to repent as often as needed. (2 Nephi 4:18; 2 Nephi 10:20; Mosiah 26:30) 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, seeking the words of Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost that they might tell us all things that we should do, praying only for a knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. (2 Nephi 32:3; Alma 37:37; Helaman 10:4) 12. Having experienced a mighty change and having awakened unto God as a result of our sincere repentance demonstrated in taking these steps, we were willing to become instruments in carrying this message to others and to practice these principles in all we do. (Alma 5:7; Mosiah 27:36-37; Moroni 7:3)
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: There is one of our Twelve Traditions that we need to mention at every meeting. In the 7th Tradition it says that we are fully self-supporting by contributions from members only. In accordance with our Seventh Tradition, anyone who wishes to donate to Heart t' Heart in order to help offset the cost of printed materials and other expenses may do so.
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: If you are a newcomer, we encourage you to use your money to purchase literature. Heart t' Heart is run totally on member donations. This includes the cost of our website and online services. Please prayerfully consider sending a tax-deductible donation to Heart t’ Heart General Service Office at the following address: Heart t’ Heart Contributions – 975 Orchard Drive, River Heights, UT 84321. When you donate, please indicate your donation is from the online meetings. Or, go to http://heart-t-heart2.org/donate/ to make a donation online.
3/20/2014 9:04 am (mt) judy: Cross Talk/Side Talk" is discouraged in Heart t' Heart meetings. This means we neither interrupt nor engage in dialogue with another speaker. Twelve step meetings are not designed to be encounter groups or advice giving sessions of any sort. Commenting or giving advice discourages the individual's own ability to hear the Truth as spoken to their hearts directly by the spirit. (2 Nephi 32:3) It is now time for our literature study. During the reading, please pick out a line or two from the reading that jumps out at you and reflect on those thoughts--either silently or "aloud" in your sharing. You may wish to have a word processor window open to capture those thoughts.
3/20/2014 9:06 am (mt) judy: We will be doing our reading from STEP 2 IN HE DID DELIVER ME FROM BONDAGE
3/20/2014 9:08 am (mt) judy: I GLORY IN MY JESUS (2 Nephi 33:6
3/20/2014 9:09 am (mt) judy: b>Step Two: Came to believe that God has all power and wisdom and that in His strength we can do all things. (Mosiah 4:9; Alma 26:12)
3/20/2014 9:10 am (mt) judy: b>Principle Two: All power of redemption and atonement is vested in the Lord Jesus Christ and can only be effective in my life as I am willing to have a personal relationship
3/20/2014 9:11 am (mt) judy: with Him.
3/20/2014 9:11 am (mt) judy:
3/20/2014 9:12 am (mt) judy: Came to believe that a Power greater than myself…” These words in the original Step Two of Alcoholics Anonymous really tripped me up when I first heard the Twelve Steps. Of course I believed in a “Power greater than myself”—with a capital “P”! While it was true there had been seasons when I had deliberately turned away from God and just used my addictive behavior with complete despair, there were many times when I sobered up enough to sincerely long for deliverance from my slavery. Surely I had tried the equivalent of this step. Surely Step Two was one I could shortcut. But then I had to honestly ask myself, “If I really believe in God, why haven’t I been able to find salvation and the power to stop my self-defeating, self-destructive behaviors (addictions) in that belief? “
3/20/2014 9:14 am (mt) judy: Once again, it was a desperately humble personal study of the precepts of the Book of Mormon (compelled by my life-or-death need for sobriety), followed immediately with a willingness to liken them to myself, that gave me the answer to my question. It began when I finally heard with my heart just one little word—Nephi’s use of the word “my”— in describing the Holy Messiah, the Savior of the world.
3/20/2014 9:16 am (mt) judy: A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
3/20/2014 9:18 am (mt) judy: I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell. (2 Nephi 33:6; emphasis added)
3/20/2014 9:21 am (mt) judy:
3/20/2014 9:21 am (mt) judy: I glory in my Jesus…” My Jesus… My…Mine! I could not get past the personal intimacy of Nephi’s statement. Tears welled up, spilling down my face. I burned through and through as with a fire, a passionate and yet childlike love for God. I felt as if someone had just given me permission to approach the Lord, to actually embrace Him, at least in spirit. I felt such a burning, such a passionate and yet childlike adoration for the Lord. It felt as if I had suddenly awakened to Nephi’s example of approaching the Lord and coming to know Him as my dearest friend, as my Jesus.
3/20/2014 9:22 am (mt) judy: I wept in gratitude to the humble, tender Nephi who had preserved this saving truth of Christ’s availability. His personal administration in our lives can be ours, as soon as we are ready to believe and receive it from Him. I mounted up in my imagination as on eagle’s wings (D&C 124:99), carried by the power of the love I felt for Him and from Him. I had never before comprehended how close the Savior is willing—and even desires—to be to us.
3/20/2014 9:23 am (mt) judy: How can I possibly convey the spiritual awakening, the change, that began to dawn in my heart from that hour? As I continued to read the Book of Mormon, I found one witness after another that there did not have to be any distance between the Lord and me; that His love and power to redeem were enough to save even me. His arm was strong enough to encircle me and give me safety from my weaknesses. A few pages later I read Jacob’s words:
3/20/2014 9:24 am (mt) judy: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of day, harden not your hearts. (Jacob 6:5; emphasis added)
I knew it was true. I knew by my own experience that He lives and that He lives for me. Something had changed. I had lived this reality with the Savior. He was my friend, my Jesus.
3/20/2014 9:25 am (mt) judy: END OF READING FOR
3/20/2014 9:27 am (mt) judy:
3/20/2014 9:28 am (mt) judy: I will share than open the meeting for sharing
3/20/2014 9:31 am (mt) judy: I glory in my Jesus…” My Jesus… My…Mine! I could not get past the personal intimacy of Nephi’s statement. Tears welled up, spilling down my face. I burned through and through as with a fire, a passionate and yet childlike love for God. I felt as if someone had just given me permission to approach the Lord, to actually embrace Him, at least in spirit. I felt such a burning, such a passionate and yet childlike adoration for the Lord. It felt as if I had suddenly awakened to Nephi’s example of approaching the Lord and coming to know Him as my dearest friend, as my Jesus
3/20/2014 9:32 am (mt) judy: I love this paragraph it really speaks to me and i appriciate that i can know that the
3/20/2014 9:32 am (mt) judy: savior is mine and that i can e
3/20/2014 9:33 am (mt) judy: embrase him and have him with me as my personal friend and savior
3/20/2014 9:33 am (mt) judy: I need this statement and love it as i have said
3/20/2014 9:33 am (mt) judy: ty for letting me share
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: thats all....
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: THAT CONCLUDES OUR READING FOR TODAY I will share, then we will open the meeting for general sharing.
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: The meeting is now open for sharing. Please let us know if you would like to share. You can post your sharing every couple of sentences, or prepare it in advance in larger sections for easier posting. Please remember to add . . . or “that’s all” to the last post so we will know you are finished. Sharing should be about your own personal thoughts and not involve cross-talk or comments made directly about another member’s sharing. Please remember also that in Heart t’ Heart we emphasize the solution rather than the problem and principles over personalities. Who would like to begin?
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: Thank you for letting me be your leader for this meeting. Please let me remind all of us of two important points: First, the principle of anonymity as captured in this thought: “Who you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here let it stay here.” As part of respecting others’ anonymity, please do not share transcripts of this meeting with others. Second, the opinions expressed here are those of the individual who expressed them and don’t necessarily represent the principles of Heart t’ Heart as a whole.
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: It is time to close our meeting. Could we please have a volunteer to “say” our closing prayer, today?
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: We’ll leave the “room” open for a while so people can chat. Please remember to start your post with the person’s name you’re addressing. That way, we can have several conversations going at once. Please remember, also, not to exchange personal email addresses while in this chat room. Please note also that the way we exchange e-mail addresses now is to get on the "We Care" list, either for men or for women. Send your e-mail address to email@example.com and your name will be put on the list and it will be sent to you. We hope you will be patient with this approach. We, in HtH, do not encourage people to “meet” others one-on-one in open Internet environments. We also do not provide email addresses between genders. Thank you for being here, everyone…
3/20/2014 9:34 am (mt) judy: I will pray
3/20/2014 9:35 am (mt) judy: Father we come before thee with gratitude for this time with thee and thy son
3/20/2014 9:35 am (mt) judy: bless us to go about our day and keep thee in it
3/20/2014 9:35 am (mt) judy: as we do our daily tasks
3/20/2014 9:36 am (mt) judy: bless those that couldnt be here today that they
3/20/2014 9:36 am (mt) judy: will join us in the future
3/20/2014 9:36 am (mt) judy: we say this prayer in Jesus Name
3/20/2014 9:36 am (mt) judy: Amen
3/20/2014 9:36 am (mt) judy: ty for allowing me to be your trusted servant today
3/20/2014 9:36 am (mt) judy: see you all again in another meeting
3/20/2014 9:37 am (mt) judy: byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
3/20/2014 8:17 pm (mt) judy: logs in on 3/20/2014 8:17 pm (mt).
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