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The 12 Steps as Adapted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The 12 Steps* as Adapted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  1. Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.
  2. Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.
  3. Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
  4. Make a searching and fearless written moral inventory of yourself.
  5. Admit to yourself, to your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, to proper priesthood authority, and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs.
  6. Become entirely ready to have God remove all your character weaknesses.
  7. Humbly ask Heavenly Father to remove your shortcomings.
  8. Make a written list of all persons you have harmed and become willing to make restitution to them.
  9. Wherever possible, make direct restitution to all persons you have harmed.
  10. Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong promptly admit it.
  11. Seek through prayer and meditation to know the Lord’s will and to have the power to carry it out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, share this message with others and practice these principles in all you do.

*The Twelve Steps were adapted and reprinted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

The Twelve Steps are reprinted and adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (A.A.W.S.) Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that A.A.W.S. has reviewed or approved the contents of this publication, or that A.A.W.S. necessarily agrees with the views expressed herein. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only—use of the Twelve Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise. Additionally, while A.A. is a spiritual program, A.A. is not a religious program. Thus, A.A. is not affiliated or allied with any sect, denomination, or specific religious belief.

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove al these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

                                                                      Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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