Finally Understanding the Savior's Grace Helped Me Overcome Pornography

I had the privilege to share my story on the digital platform of the Ensign and Liahona, a worldwide publication for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here's my story:

I was 17 and, once again, on my knees, sobbing into my bedside, desperately pleading with Heavenly Father to take away my compulsion to view pornography. I’d spent the last two hours shut up in my room on my laptop, and I felt like I was drowning in shame, guilt, fear, and self-hatred.

Nothing about this scenario was new for me. I was 11 years old when I first came across pornography. It was scary and made me feel uncomfortable, but it was also very intriguing and exciting. My curiosity brought me back to it again and again, and eventually it turned into a compulsive habit. I soon began using pornography as a way to cope with negative emotions like anxiety, fear, and anger.

From late childhood until my young adult years, I was caught in a debilitating trap of compulsive pornography use that eventually turned into what many therapists would consider an addiction. It was impacting my ability to function at work and school and in relationships. Most importantly, it was hurting my relationship with God and myself.

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