Step Twelve is our commitment to apply all of the Twelve Step principles in all that we think and do. As we have experienced a “spiritual awakening” (conversion), we find that it is no longer difficult to apply these principles to our lives. We have moved away from our self-centered and self-obsessive behavior and have come to realize how much better our lives are as a result of practicing these steps daily.
When we first started in recovery we acknowledged that our lives were out of control. We came to believe that we wanted and needed divine intervention to restore our lives. We made a commitment to try our best to do God’s will by obeying His commandments. We inventoried our past, confessed our wrongful behavior, and sought help from God in replacing the defects in our character with a more Christ-like character. We then humbly asked our Heavenly Father to remove our sins. We continued to rebuild relationships by making amends to those we harmed in the past. We continued to be accountable for our thoughts and behaviors on a daily basis. We continued to draw closer to God through prayer and meditation, receiving personal knowledge and direction in doing His will. We are now prepared for Step Twelve.
The changes in our character are obvious to those around us. As questions come up of “how did it happen” and “what are we doing different in our lives,” we discover a strong desire to share our personal message of recovery and the spiritual principles which have brought us to where we are today. We find that our recovery experiences can provide guidance and hope to others struggling with compulsive addictive behaviors.
Others have reached out to assist us in our struggle by sharing with us their experiences of hope and faith; it is now our privilege to carry the message of hope to others. Let us remember however, as we reach out to others, that we cannot force recovery on anyone and must respect their own agency. Giving advice or counsel is not ours to give. However, it is entirely proper to share what is worked (or not worked) for us in our recovery. Recovery is a personal journey involving one’s self, individual agency, and their relationship with Heavenly Father.
In Step Twelve, the Lord is asking us to witness, through sharing our personal testimonies, that God, and God alone, has the power to free us from our addiction(s) and to restore our lives as we turn our will to His. We have learned to follow the Savior’s example as He would always be kind to those who were lost and would continually look for the good in everyone. We have discovered the joy of living the principles of the Twelve Steps and we now desire to share what we have learned, by offering our message to anyone who will listen. The message we carry is that no matter how destructive our lives have been, no matter how badly our hearts have been broken by others, we can “be made whole” through the redemptive power of our Savior, Jesus Christ. (See John Chapter 5)
“Because I have been given much, I too must give.
Because of thy great bounty, Lord, each day I live,
I shall divide my gifts from thee
With every brother that I see,
Who has the need of help from me.”
Why is it that when we become converted to a good principle, we feel the desire to share it with everyone that may benefit by it?
“And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!”
Why is it that we feel joy when we guide Heavenly Father’s lost children back to Him?
3 Nephi 12:16
“Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
How is God glorified when others are affected as a result of the spiritual changes we have made?
"And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer.”
How does sharing our stories of recovery help others who are still struggling in their
What do we gain personally by sharing our stories of recovery?
Why would God choose an addict to reach out to another addict?
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
What wisdom have you learned as you have served God by being of service to others?
“...and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy. And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.”
What has the Lord done to bring you where you are today?
How does helping others become a way to helping yourself to stay on the right path?
3 Nephi 18:32
“Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out of your synagogues, or your places of worship, for unto such shall ye continue to minister; for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.”
What do we learn from this scripture concerning the character of God and the worth of a soul?
What have been your feelings as you have reached out to others in need?