This post is part of a series of posts relating to the book Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Change. See related posts here.
It's no surprise to anyone that sin dominates the world culture. Temptation is a pandemic and each member of the church deals with it in a personal manner. The problem to overcome isn't necessarily the sin itself but the fact that sin is so addicting once it's started.
All bishops meet with individuals that are struggling with addiction to sin. From drugs, pornography, lying, alcohol, impure lifestyles and so on. Thankfully the gospel includes individuals like bishop that allow an individual to confess and partake of the healing power of the Atonement. Not only is the Bishop there to fill the role as a common judge but also to counsel.
Elder Hales stated the following when he was the presiding Bishop of the church,
The bishop’s role as a common judge is not merely to hear our confessions and determine what action should be taken with regard to our transgressions. The bishop serves as our counselor if we will listen to him. He can help us repent or turn away from transgression so that we may feel better about ourselves and so that we will feel comfortable in the presence of the Holy Ghost, who will guide us and comfort us. Ultimately, it is the Lord who will forgive us when we have overcome our transgressions.
Many times the transgressor will be looking for direction about how to stop the addictive sin. Inspiration as a bishop will definitely give direction on what to say and how to counsel. It is also important to educate yourself on how to deal with addiction so you have clear direction to give.
I was given the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of Change Anything: The Science of Personal Success. This book gives a solid model that a bishop can follow as they counsel people to change. A model that the authors of the book say will make change 1000% more successful. That assertion alone makes the book worth reading.
Over the next few weeks LeadingLDS will dedicate a variety of posts that will highlight the principles in this book and how they can be used as you lead other towards change. You will also find these principles helpful in changing yourself and becoming a better leader.