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How I Overcome Porn Addictions


I Was a Dead Man Walking


How to overcome porn addictions.

Porn trapped me at a young age.

My story starts in 1954. I was given up for adoption three days after my birth, lived in a foster home for a couple of months, and was then adopted by my parents. I grew up with good parents, although I would say I was never really close to my father; in fact, most of what I learned from him was how not to do things.


At about the age of 11, I was abused by one of my Boy Scout assistant leaders, who was probably 18 years old at the time. This abuse went on for maybe a year and a half or so. He introduced me to masturbation, and I was hooked.


At that same time, I discovered porn in magazines, with a friend from school. Of course I didn’t tell anyone; in fact, I didn’t tell anyone ever until I shared it with my wife, Marilyn, after we’d been married some 25 years. What I was experiencing didn’t feel right, but it “worked” for me because it felt so good. No one had talked to me about this. No one had prepared me to say no. No one had warned me that this was inappropriate. We, meaning everyone, just didn’t talk about stuff like this in the 1960s. This was the first time my physical self was winning the battle with my spiritual self, but at that point in my life I really didn’t know I had a spiritual self.


I was a Mormon—a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I checked all the boxes growing up in the church: baptized at 8, deacon’s quorum president at 12, teacher’s quorum president at 14, four years of early morning seminary before school, served a mission to Chile, district and zone leader on my mission, and married in the temple when I was 22. I firmly believed in Jesus Christ, that He was my Savior and Redeemer. I also was active with some good friends in Young Life, a Christian youth organization, and I loved it. I developed a strong testimony of the truth of the Gospel, but at the same time I was developing a pretty good addiction to porn. Resourcefulness Living.

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