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Dec 27, 2021

The word hope is sometimes misunderstood. In our everyday language, the word often has a hint of uncertainty. For example, we may say that we hope for a change in the weather or a visit from a friend. In the language of the gospel, however, the word hope is sure, unwavering, and active. Prophets speak of having a “firm hope” (Alma 34:41) and a “lively hope” (1 Peter 1:3).

“Happy is he,” said the Psalmist, “that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5). With hope, we can find joy in life. We can “have patience, and bear with ... afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions” (Alma 34:41).

These are wise words from a study guide we use called The Bible Dictionary, and I love how it perfectly describes the word and meaning of hope. Today’s podcast is all about step 2 in the 12 steps: hope. We're sharing our personal experiences in finding hope in the midst of addiction in our marriage, and if you're trying to find hope for yourself or someone you love, this is how and where you can find it too.


Time Stamps:

[01:09] - Today, we’re talking about the second step in the 12 Steps, which is hope.

[02:50] - Neil gives his perspective on why he finds beauty in hope being the second of the 12 steps.

[04:39] - Why does it not help to tell someone to “try harder”?

[07:05] - Corrine and Neil discuss how some traits can influence a person’s response to possible addiction.

[09:04] - Corrine speaks from her perspective as a spouse who needed to change her view of drug addiction.

[10:51] - Neil explains the gradual process of carrying new principles, like hope, into life when on a recovery journey.

[13:07] - It’s remarkable to see someone’s transformation while on their journey to turn life around.

[16:00] - How hard is it to stick to addiction recovery when heavy life situations arise? Neil shares his insight.

[17:39] - Corrine recalls relatable stories of people staying strong despite the heavy distractions of life.

[20:11] - Sometimes people don’t realize that their story is inspiring to others.

[22:24] - Neil talks about humanizing the recovery journey and giving grace while in recovery.

[24:07] - Sharing your testimony can strengthen your testimony.

[25:39] - Sharing your testimony allows for others to learn from your experience.

[27:09] - What are actionable steps you can do to cultivate more hope?

[30:02] - Hope is about restoration.

[32:52] - What is it that you shall hope for?

[35:30] - Have strength, courage, and hope to take one step forward.


Supporting Resources:

Scripture on hope in the Book of Mormon-Moroni 7:41

ARP Manual “Addiction Recovery Program: A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing”

Mark 9:24 “...Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief”