As we led addiction recovery meetings, Duane would share his faith, hope and experience with the men and women who found their way into the room.
He would tell those who were tempted to avoid their trials and pain through using, “The struggle is the purpose.” The truth is, pain is normal and so is the natural response to avoid it. Avoidance though, does not bring with it growth.
“As a result of these struggles, our souls are stretched and our spirits are strengthened.” (“Strength During Struggles”, Elder L. Lionel Kendrick, October 2001 Ensign)
~Selena Pannell, co-author of 3,000 Miles To Eternity: A True Internet Love Story