7 Truths & Actions for Overcoming Pornography

Truths:

  1. You are not aloneSo many people struggle with the temptation to use pornography, both men and women. You’re not the only one, not by a long shot.
  2. You are not evil. You are a good person. You’re just mistaken in the moment. When you feel tired or lonely or weak or depressed, you may think viewing pornography will help you feel better. It does for a moment, but the feeling doesn’t last. Making that mistake (even if you do it over and over) doesn’t make you evil or a bad person, it just makes you human.
  3. You can still be worthy. Worthiness is more about your heart than your actions. If you’re trying to do good and moving in the right direction, however slowly, you are worthy.

Actions:

  1. Communicate. Pornography thrives in the dark, so bring it to the light. If you do, it will start to die. Talk to a loved one. Talk to someone you trust. Talk to your bishop.
  2. Make little changes. Go on walks. Listen to more wholesome music. Read more, especially scripture, and especially The Book of Mormon. Pray and meditate. Get more sleep. Do wholesome things that make you happy.
  3. Don’t try to erase — replace. Be proactive. What things can you do in order to make yourself less susceptible to temptation? What can you do instead of viewing pornography?
  4. Be patient with and love yourself. Remember that you are a child of God. He gave us this life to struggle and learn. There’s a reason why we are given many years of life. We need time to learn and change. Overcoming pornography is a long-term pursuit, so be patient. With God’s help, you will overcome.

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