Objective 13: Changing Core Beliefs
The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature. (Ezra Taft Benson, “Born of God,” Oct. 1985 general conference)
As President Benson indicated, real change starts from the inside. Part of this can include identifying false core beliefs and replacing them with beliefs based on truth. Ask, “What are some eternal truths about who you are?” Include the following truths in the discussion:
- I am lovable.
- I am a son of God.
- Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me perfectly.
- The Atonement of Jesus Christ is effective for me.
- No one is beyond the reach of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
- I am enough as I receive the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- I am of worth, regardless of my behavior.
Continue the discussion with questions such as:
- What distorted core beliefs, thoughts, or actions keep you from believing and embracing these truths?
- If you were to accept these core truths, what would be different about your thoughts, feelings, or actions?
- The Holy Ghost may choose to speak through our emotions and feelings. How do I distinguish between my own thoughts/feelings/emotions and the Spirit?
Intervention 1: Reframing Negative Labels
Aid the client in learning to question and reframe his negative labels. Make a table on the board with four columns titled “Label,” “Evidence For,” “Evidence Against,” and “Reframe/Reinterpretation.”