The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Repentance

"In the battle of life, the adversary takes enormous numbers of prisoners, and many who know of no way to escape and are pressed into his service.  Every soul confined to a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate.  The adversary cannot hold them if they know how to use it.  The key is labeled Repentance.  The twin principles of repentance and forgiveness exceed in strength the awesome power of the adversary." — Elder Boyd K. Packer, "Our Moral Environment," General Conference, April 1992

"That great morning of forgiveness may not come at once. Do not give up if at first you fail. Often the most difficult part of repentance is to forgive yourself.  Discouragement is part of that test. Do not give up. That brilliant morning will come." — Elder Boyd K. Packer, "The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness," General Conference, October 1995

"Once we have sufficient faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we believe he has paid for our sins, then we will repent. And no one truly repents until they believe in Christ. You see, there is a difference between stopping sinning and repentance. In the first instance we are still guilty; in the second we are free of the sin and guilt. People stop sinning all the time because they are afraid they will get AIDS or die of lung cancer or some other reason, but they do not get rid of their sins. That can happen only when a nonmember follows Jesus Christ down into the waters of baptism, then comes forth and receives the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by priesthood authority. That's how we get clean before the Lord (see D&C 84:74)." — Hartman Rector, Jr., "Ensign," Nov. 1994 (October Conference) page 25-26

"The Redeemer can settle your individual account with justice and grant forgiveness through the merciful path of repentance. Full repentance is absolutely essential for the Atonement to work its complete miracle in your life." — Richard G. Scott, "Ensign," May 1995 (April Conference) page 75

"Pride keeps repentance from even starting or continuing.  Some fail because they are more concerned with the preservation of their public image than with having Christ's image in their countenances!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Ensign," Nov. 1991 (October Conference) page 31

"I thought that repentance, like soap, should be used frequently. I found that when I apologized for mistakes, things were better. But for serious mistakes, an apology was not enough—sometimes not even possible. While these mistakes were, for the most part, not major ones, the spiritual pain called guilt invariably set in. Sooner or later they must be resolved, but I didn’t know what to do. That happens when you break something that you alone can’t fix." — Boyd K. Packer, "Washed Clean," "Ensign," May 1997, p. 9–10

"As children of our Father in Heaven, we can have setbacks of sin. But we must never quit or give up hope. Heavenly Father has provided a way to overcome spiritual setbacks through the great gift of repentance. He truly loves us and wants to forgive us. All we have to do is to go through the process of repentance, and we will triumph over our mistakes." — Peter Vidmar (LDS Olympic gymnastics champion), "Pursuing Excellence," Ensign, May 1985, p. 39

"The scriptures say, 'Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.' (D&C 58:42.) It’s true. We can learn to repent and to forgive ourselves. Unfortunately, some of us would rather carry a cross farther than we need to rather than confess and start anew." — Marvin J. Ashton, "Carry Your Cross," Ensign, Feb. 1988, p. 70

"There are only two elements that separate us from the Holy Spirit: first, our lack of desire to repent, and second, our lack of desire to forgive." — F. Enzio Busche, "Hitting the Mark," New Era, Oct. 1997, p. 8

"John the Baptist went on to say to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery that this priesthood, which he bestowed upon them, included the keys of the gospel of repentance. What a marvelous and wonderful thing this is! It is our privilege, yours and mine, as those who hold this priesthood, to repent of evil with the expectation that we will be forgiven if we live worthy of the forgiveness of the Lord." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Aaronic Priesthood—a Gift from God," Ensign, May 1988, p. 46

"Free agency in the plan of salvation contemplates that men and women are free to choose the direction of their lives for themselves. Repentance means that as imperfect beings sometimes make imperfect decisions, they may correct their course. By following the rules of repentance, and through the atonement of Jesus Christ, mistakes don’t count. The Lord agrees to 'remember no more.' (Heb. 8:12.) Because of the miraculous gift of forgiveness, transgressions are forgiven—and forgotten. Men can be cleansed and return to the path of purpose and progress and peace." — F. Burton Howard, "Repentance," Ensign, May 1983, p. 60

"If you have a bad habit, do you think death is going to change it? Do you think that habit will simply dissolve in some miraculous way and will no longer be with you? I believe that the Lord impresses upon you and me the need to repent and live the law, keep the commandments, and keep our lives aligned to the celestial goal because it is when we are here in mortality that the body and the spirit can learn together." — M. Russell Ballard, "Is It Worth It?" "New Era," June 1984, p. 42

"Let us rejoice that Jesus Christ’s Atonement really makes it possible for us to truly repent, wipe clean our slate, start over, and virtually begin a wonderful life. Let us rejoice in the knowledge that regardless of any inadequacies we have—or feel we have, or have been told we have, whether real or perceived—the Lord Jesus Christ can make up any difference that may remain after we have done all we can to overcome our weaknesses (see Ether 12:27)." — Jack H Goaslind, "Look to the Future with Optimism," "Ensign," Apr. 1997, p. 24

"The gospel offers us the only way to eternal life, and whenever accepted, a new era in life begins. The glorious principle of repentance makes it possible for each of us to be born again and to go forward in the knowledge that our sins are forgiven, and we can now begin to strive for that perfection which will bring the promised reward. We are told: '...except ye repent ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of heaven.' (Alma 5:51.)" — N. Eldon Tanner, "Walking in Obedience to the Commandments," "Ensign," Feb. 1972, p. 3

"Do not doubt your abilities. Do not delay your worthy impressions. With God ’s help, you cannot fail. He will give you the courage to participate in meaningful change and purposeful living. We need to repent, straightway, and trust in His reality and capacity to assist us in knowing the abundant life. He will help us learn to be sensitive to our own needs and to those of others. Those who fear, procrastinate. Those who change for the better show progress straightway and become wiser and stronger. We need to develop the courage to straightway take the first step. We need to remember that children learn to walk only because someone encourages them to take the first step." — Marvin J. Ashton, "Straightway," "Ensign," May 1983, p. 32

"Which of us is not in need of the miracle of repentance? Whether your life is lightly blemished or heavily disfigured from mistakes, the principles of recovery are the same. The length and severity of the treatments are conditioned to fit the circumstances. Our goal surely must be forgiveness. The only possible path to that goal is repentance, for it is written: 'There is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ....'" — Richard G. Scott, "Finding Forgiveness," "Ensign," May 1995, p. 75

"When you choose to see or hear filth portrayed, for instance, you may at first feel you have just spent some time. But if you persist, you will find that beyond time wasted you have allowed Satan to draw you toward sin and then into it. And then you will have incurred debts that will burden and diminish every minute of existence that follows, unless and until you find the healing balm of the atonement of Jesus Christ through repentance, which takes pain, and time." — Henry B. Eyring, "Child of Promise," "New Era," Aug. 1993, p. 6

"Again, while we are blessed with and need the principle of repentance, with its soothing, prescriptive balm, prevention is still the primary task!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Talk of the Month," "New Era," May 1971, p. 29

"Your personal chain that anchors your souls to the gospel can be as strong as you want to make it through a daily review of your life. Be grateful for the principle of repentance, which provides the way for us to strengthen any weak links in our chain." — M. Russell Ballard, "Steadfast in Christ," "Ensign," Dec. 1993, p. 53

"Repentance is a great blessing, but you should never make yourself sick just so you can try out the remedy." — M. Russell Ballard, "Purity Precedes Power," "Ensign," Nov. 1990, p. 36

"Generally we understand that, conditioned upon repentance, the ordinance of baptism washes our sins away. Some wonder if they were baptized too soon. If only they could be baptized now and have a clean start. But that is not necessary! Through the ordinance of the sacrament you renew the covenants made at baptism. When you meet all of the conditions of repentance, however difficult, you may be forgiven and your transgressions will trouble your mind no more." - Boyd K. Packer, "Washed Clean," General Conference, April 1997

"The resurrected Savior taught the people in the Americas 'that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world' (3 Ne. 27:16). In writing of repentance, President Boyd K. Packer said: 'In the universal battle for human souls, the adversary takes enormous numbers of prisoners. Many, knowing of no way to escape, are pressed into his service. Every soul confined in a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate. The key is labeled Repentance. The adversary cannot hold them, if they know how to use it. The twin principles of repentance and forgiveness exceed in strength the awesome power of the tempter (The Things of the Soul [1996], p. 114)." - Jerald L. Taylor, "Gratitude," General Conference, April 1997

"Along with all the foregoing reasons for our individual repentance, Church members have a special rendezvous to keep, brothers and sisters. Nephi saw it. One future day, he said, Jesus' covenant people, 'scattered upon all the face of the earth,' will be 'armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.' (1 Ne. 14:14.) This will happen, but only after more members become more saintly and more consecrated in conduct." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Repentance," Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 32

"In a very real way, repentance is one of the gifts we give to our Savior when we 'offer a sacrifice unto the Lord [our] God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit' (D&C 59:8). Through repentance, we may 'come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need' (Heb. 4:16). Nephi taught: 'For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do' (2 Ne. 25:23)." - Ted E. Brewerton, "Rejoice in Christ," Ensign, Dec. 1994, pp. 7-8

"Through repentance we can become at one with Christ, or, as Jacob put it, we can 'be reconciled unto him' (Jacob 4:11). Amaleki invited the people of his day-and us as well-to 'come unto Christ... and partake of his salvation... and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him' (Omni 1:26). We become reconciled with him when we willingly give our souls to him as he offered his life for us." - Spencer J. Condie, "The Fall and Infinite Atonement," Ensign, Jan. 1996, p. 26

"In the anguishing process of repentance, we may sometimes feel God has deserted us. The reality is that our behavior has isolated us from Him. Thus, while we are turning away from evil but have not yet turned fully to God, we are especially vulnerable. Yet we must not give up, but, instead, reach out to God's awaiting arm of mercy, which is outstretched 'all the day long.' (Jacob 5:47; Jacob 6:4; 2 Ne. 28:32; Morm. 5:11.) Unlike us, God has no restrictive office hours." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Repentance," Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 31

"The sixth and final point I wish to make about the process of repentance is that we must be careful, as we seek to become more and more godlike, that we do not become discouraged and lose hope. Becoming Christlike is a lifetime pursuit and very often involves growth and change that is slow, almost imperceptible. The scriptures record remarkable accounts of men whose lives changed dramatically, in an instant, as it were: Alma the Younger, Paul on the road to Damascus, Enos praying far into the night, King Lamoni. Such astonishing examples of the power to change even those steeped in sin give confidence that the Atonement can reach even those deepest in despair." - Ezra Taft Benson, "A Mighty Change of Heart," Ensign, October 1989, p. 5

"Heavenly Father knew the grave dangers we would face on our journey through life, but He remains resolute in His desire to have each and every one of His children return home. Therefore, He gave us time-time to work out our mistakes, time to overcome our sins, time to prepare for reunion. 'There was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God' (Alma 12:24)." - Keith B. McMullin, "Welcome Home," Ensign, May 1999, p. 80

"Contrition is costly-it costs us our pride and our insensitivity, but it especially costs us our sins. For, as King Lamoni's father knew twenty centuries ago, this is the price of true hope. 'O God,' he cried, 'wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee... that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day.' (Alma 22:18.) When we, too, are willing to give away all our sins to know him and follow him, we, too, will be filled with the joy of eternal life." - Howard W. Hunter, "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee," Ensign, May 1993, p. 64

"So the question of questions is: What makes people repent? As near as I have been able to determine, once a person has sufficient faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that he believes Christ has paid for his sins, then he will repent. And it seems that very few, if any, will repent until they believe this truth. Therefore, it is vital to teach the truth about Jesus Christ as the literal son of God and our Lord and Savior and Redeemer in order to bring souls to repentance. Faith in Jesus Christ unto repentance is the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (See Alma 34:16.)" - Hartman Rector Jr., "The Resurrection," Ensign, November 1990, p. 76

"For some months, I've tried to emphasize repentance, one of the most vital and merciful doctrines of the kingdom. It is too little understood, too little applied by us all, as if it were merely a word on a bumper sticker. Since we have been told clearly by Jesus what manner of men and women we ought to become--even as He is (see 3 Ne. 27:27)--how can we do so, except each of us employs repentance as the regular means of personal progression? Personal repentance is part of taking up the cross daily. (See Luke 9:23.) Without it, clearly there could be no 'perfecting of the Saints.' (Eph. 4:12.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Repentance," Ensign, November 1991, p. 30

"Those who make one serious mistake tend to add another by assuming that it is then too late for them. It is never too late! Never!" - Boyd K. Packer, "To Young Women and Men," Ensign, May 1989, 59

"I know it isn't easy to go back and to undo and to make a new beginning, but I believe with all my heart that it is easier to begin anew than it is to go on believing that justice will not take its toll. As Elder Richard L. Evans was fond of saying, 'What's the use of running if you're on the wrong road?' A favorite British scholar said, using the same metaphor, 'I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road. A [mathematical] sum [incorrectly worked] can be put right; but only by going back till you find the error and then working it fresh from that point. [It will] never [be corrected] by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot 'develop' into good. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound.' (C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, New York: Macmillan Co., 1973, p. 6.) God is just, but mercy claimeth the penitent, and the evil can be undone. There is some repenting to be done in every life, and we ought to be about it." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "However Long and Hard the Road," p.56

"...For heaven's sake, forget your regrets. The many years you have lived have been filled both with success and with experiences you might change if you could. But you can't, so stop any self-inflicted sadness or despair. When the Savior said, 'Judge not,' he was speaking, in part, about your relationship with yourself (see Matt. 7:1). Live the repentant life happily. The scripture 'Men are, that they might have joy' (2 Ne. 2:25) applies to you right now." - Hugh W. Pinnock, "We Will Go with Our Young and with Our Old," Ensign (CR), November 1979, p.74

"And when God has forgiven us, which He is so eternally anxious to do, may we have the good sense to walk away from those problems, to leave them alone, to let the past bury the past. If one of you has made a mistake, even a serious mistake, but you have done all you can according to the teachings of the Lord and the governance of the Church to confess it and feel sorrow for it and set it as right as can be, then trust in God, walk into His light, and leave those ashes behind you. Someone once said that repentance is the first pressure we feel when drawn to the bosom of God. For real peace may I recommend an immediate rush to the bosom of God, leaving behind you all that would bring sorrow to your soul or heartache to those who love you. 'Depart from evil,' the scripture says, 'and do good.' (Ps. 34:14.)" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.82

"As we plead for mercy, we need to show mercy to others. The injury people do us may appear at the moment to be very great. Yet, just as time heals the wounds of the body, so time also heals the wounds of the soul. As we apply disinfectants to aid in healing the wounds of the body, we need to apply love and understanding in disinfecting the wounds of the soul. To the extent we give forgiveness to others, we can expect to receive forgiveness for ourselves. It is all part of the process of repentance." - Theodore M. Burton, "To Forgive Is Divine," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p.70

"Lets face it. All of us have done something that we ought not to have done, or we have neglected to do things we should have done. All of us then have made mistakes, and every one of us needs to repent. The old devil would have you believe that if you have made one mistake, why don't you just keep on making mistakes? That is Satan trying to tell you that there is no chance to come back. But you must turn your face towards the rising sun, and through repentance turn from the thing you have done that is wrong and never go back again thereto. The Lord said, 'Go [thy way] and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth [meaning again] shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God' (D&C 82:7)." - "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Harold B. Lee," p.27

"The doctrine of repentance is much broader than a dictionary's definition. When Jesus said 'repent,' His disciples recorded that command in the Greek language with the verb metanoeo. This powerful word has great significance. In this word, the prefix meta means 'change.' The suffix relates to four important Greek terms: nous, meaning 'the mind'; gnosis, meaning 'knowledge'; pneuma, meaning 'spirit'; and pnoe, meaning 'breath.'

"Thus, when Jesus said 'repent,' He asked us to change—to change our mind, knowledge, and spirit—even our breath. A prophet explained that such a change in one's breath is to breathe with grateful acknowledgment of Him who grants each breath. King Benjamin said, 'If ye should serve him who has created you... and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath... from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.'

"Yes, the Lord has commanded us to repent, to change our ways, to come unto Him, and be more like Him. This requires a total change. Alma so taught his son: 'Learn wisdom in thy youth,' he said. 'Learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.... Let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Repentance and Conversion," General Conference, April 2007

"We grow in two ways—removing negative weeds and cultivating positive flowers. The Savior's grace blesses both parts—if we do our part. First and repeatedly we must uproot the weeds of sin and bad choices. It isn't enough just to mow the weeds. Yank them out by the roots, repenting fully to satisfy the conditions of mercy. But being forgiven is only part of our growth. We are not just paying a debt. Our purpose is to become celestial beings. So once we've cleared our heartland, we must continually plant, weed, and nourish the seeds of divine qualities. And then as our sweat and discipline stretch us to meet His gifts, 'the flow'rs of grace appear,' (
There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today, Hymns, no. 227.) like hope and meekness. Even a tree of life can take root in this heart-garden, bearing fruit so sweet that it lightens all our burdens 'through the joy of his Son.' (Alma 33:23.) And when the flower of charity blooms here, we will love others with the power of Christ's own love. (See Moro. 7:48.)" - Bruce C. Hafen, "The Atonement: All for All," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.97

"Repentance is the one important part of the 'refiner's fire' that brings the human soul to celestial glory. God placed Satan on this earth to tempt man. Man has appetites and human frailties to master and conquer. The human, Godlike mind must be trained to be in full control of the soul and life of man. Fear and the appetites too often creep in and crush out the control of the mind. Self-control and self-mastery in righteousness is the real joy of this life." - Bernard P. Brockbank, "Conference Report," April 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p.132

"God has said that if we really repent of our sins, we will be forgiven. He said, '...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.'  (Isa. 1:18.)  The Lord has indicated that if we repent, he will wash the memory of our sins out of his mind and just forget the whole thing. But what good does it do for the Lord to wash them out of his mind if we keep running them through the delicate tissues of our own?" - Sterling W. Sill, That Ye Might Have Life , p.191

"No man can know the things of God, but the Spirit of God can bear witness of their truth; and it is absolutely essential to every one who would know that this is indeed the work of God, beyond all question, that he shall obtain first the Spirit of God. As this Spirit will not and does not dwell in an unclean tabernacle, it follows that we must cleanse and purify our hearts by sincere faith in God, and repentance from sin. Every soul that will adopt this method and seek to obtain forgiveness of sin, from Him who alone can remit our sins, through the holy waters of baptism, he shall come to a knowledge of the truth. If, perchance, after these initial ordinances of the gospel have been complied with, you find yourself still lacking in knowledge and understanding, and in a testimony, do not blame in any degree the ordinances themselves or the truth of those principles, but look deep into your own souls, into your own hearts, and you will find the reason there and nowhere else." - Rulon S. Wells, "Conference Report," October 1910, Afternoon Session, p.29

“Of this mortal developmental process, which requires so much ongoing repentance, the rhetorical question might be asked, ‘Is there not another way?’ But we are clearly told that the Lord’s name and God’s plan are the only way. The answer, therefore, is a stark ‘No!’ ‘And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God’ (2 Nephi 31:21).” - Neal A. Maxwell, “Not My Will, But Thine,” p. 71

“The scriptures speak of His arms being open, extended, stretched out, and encircling. They are described as mighty and holy, arms of mercy, arms of safety, arms of love, ‘lengthened out all the day long.’

“We have each felt to some extent these spiritual arms around us. We have felt His forgiveness, His love and comfort. The Lord has said, ‘I am he [who] comforteth you.’

“The Lord’s desire that we come unto Him and be wrapped in His arms is often an invitation to repent. ‘Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you.’” – Neil L. Anderson, “Repent… That I May Heal You,” Ensign, November 2009

“Formulas have been crafted to help remember some of the essential actions required for full repentance. While these can be helpful, generally they ignore the most fundamental aspect of repentance-that it is centered in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, that it has efficacy because He willingly paid the full price through His redeeming sacrifice, motivated by a perfect love of His Father and of each of us.” - Richard G. Scott, “The Path to Peace and Joy,” Ensign (CR), November 2000, p. 25

“Now, there is one thing I have learned, and it has been a wonderful thing for me as a religionist in my present position. I've learned from these men that there isn't a man living who isn't greater than his sins, who isn't greater than his weaknesses. That's a wonderful thing to know. It is a wonderful thing to know that even though a man may sink so low that he is at the bottom of the gutter, yet within him there is a greatness that can regenerate him if he will submit himself to the right influences and to the power above and beyond himself.” - Matthew Cowley, “Matthew Cowley Speaks,” p. 219

“John Locke, the English philosopher, expresses it this way, ‘Repentance is a hearty sorrow for our past misdeeds, and a sincere resolution and endeavor, to the utmost of our power, to conform all our actions to the law of God. It does not consist in one single act of sorrow, but in doing works meet for repentance in a sincere obedience to the law of Christ for the remainder of our lives.’

“The ability to receive the blessings of repentance lies within our individual power. It is a never-ending endeavor. There is no restriction to those who may achieve: All may partake of this gift from God.” - John H. Vandenberg, “Conference Report,” October 1962, Afternoon Meeting, p. 64-65

“I am not sure what your most painful memories might be. I’m certain there are lots of problems we could all list. Some may be sins among the most serious God himself has listed. Others may be less serious disappointments, including a poor start in school, or a difficult relationship with your family, or personal pain with a friend. Whatever the list, it's bound to be long when we add up all the dumb things we’ve done. And my greatest fear is that we will not believe in other chances, that we will not understand repentance, that on some days we will not believe in any future at all.” - Jeffrey R. Holland, “However Long and Hard the Road,” p. 68

"Why will not the people of the world engage in national and international repentance and humiliation? God is not responsible for our calamities. He has pointed out the means of escape. If we will turn our faces towards him and repent this depression will vanish like magic. Let the spirit of the Prince of Peace be firmly fixed in the councils of the nations and observed; then all talk about war will cease, and nations shall no longer learn war for their 'swords shall be beaten into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.'" - Charles A. Callis, "Conference Report," April 1935, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 17

"As the Savior demonstrated, the consecrated life is a pure life. While Jesus is the only one to have led a sinless life, those who come unto Him and take His yoke upon them have claim on His grace, which will make them as He is, guiltless and spotless. With deep love the Lord encourages us in these words: 'Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day' (3 Nephi 27:20)." - Todd D. Christofferson, "Reflections on a Consecrated Life," Ensign (CR) October 2010

Thus, if we repent, we can be forgiven of our sins, the price having been paid by our Redeemer. This is good news for all of us, “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Those who have strayed significantly from the paths of righteousness desperately need this redemption, and if they fully repent, it is theirs to claim. But those who have worked hard to live good lives also desperately need this redemption, for none can get to the presence of the Father without Christ’s help. Thus, this loving redemption allows the laws of justice and mercy to be satisfied in the lives of all who repent and follow Christ. - LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr. "Redemption," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Repentance exists as an option only because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is His infinite sacrifice that “bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance” (Alma 34:15). Repentance is the necessary condition, and the grace of Christ is the power by which “mercy can satisfy the demands of justice” (Alma 34:16). - D. Todd Christofferson, "The Divine Gift of Repentance," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Each of us can evaluate ourselves, determine which things are preventing us from taking time to live a gospel principle, then repent and make the necessary adjustments so that we can have time to apply that gospel principle in our lives. If we do so, the Lord has promised that we’ll have an increased understanding of His truths as Enos did. The Savior declared, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). - Walter F. González, "Writing Gospel Principles in Our Hearts," Ensign (CR) November 2001

So where should our focus be? “And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.” That can happen if we take responsibility for our dirty linen through repentance and make sure it is clean. -
Lynn A. Mickelsen, "The Atonement, Repentance, and Dirty Linen," Ensign (CR) November 2003

All of us, like Enos, need to continually have our sins and weaknesses swept away through repentance, confession, and sincere prayer. I repeat the Lord’s promise: “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.

“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them” (D&C 58:42–43).

Repentance will purify and cleanse the mind and body and make room for greater perfection and godliness. - Bernard P. Brockbank, "Prayer to Our Heavenly Father," Ensign (CR) November 1979

This is the exchange the Savior is asking of us: we are to give up all our sins, big or small, for the Father’s reward of eternal life. We are to forget self-justifying stories, excuses, rationalizations, defense mechanisms, procrastinations, appearances, personal pride, judgmental thoughts, and doing things our way. We are to separate ourselves from all worldliness and take upon us the image of God in our countenances. - Robert C. Gay, "What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?" Ensign (CR) November 2012

The many imperfections which trouble our daily lives require us to be a repenting as well as a repentant people. We should pay attention to the gentle admonitions as well as the thundering warnings. - Wm. Grant Bangerter, "What It Means to Be a Saint," Ensign (CR) May 1987

We can compare our lives with the flight of a spaceship. When its motor is started up, its trajectory is monitored precisely. Any deviation from its decreed course is corrected immediately. Even a fraction of a degree off course would carry it many miles from its destination if not corrected. The longer the correction is delayed, the greater will be the required adjustment. Can you imagine how far off course we can become without course corrections?

The Lord has provided for us prophets, scriptures, parents, and other wise leaders to teach us the course we should be following. They can help us monitor our progress and correct the direction we are going when necessary, much the same as tracking stations monitor a satellite's progress and keep it on the right path. Our course on earth is so important. It is determined by the decisions we make each day. We cannot separate our thoughts and actions now from their effects on the future. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Time to Prepare," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.14

The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to change. “Repent” is its most frequent message, and repenting means giving up all of our practices—personal, family, ethnic, and national—that are contrary to the commandments of God. The purpose of the gospel is to transform common creatures into celestial citizens, and that requires change. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Repentance and Change,” Ensign (CR) November 2003

Brethren, we find healing and relief only when we bring ourselves to the feet of the Great Physician, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We must lay down our weapons of rebellion (and we each know what they are). We must lay down our sin, vanity, and pride. We must give up our desires to follow the world and to be respected and lauded by the world. We must cease fighting against God and instead give our whole hearts to Him, holding nothing back. Then He can heal us. Then He can cleanse us from the venomous sting of sin. - Patrick Kearon, “Come unto Me with Full Purpose of Heart, and I Shall Heal You,” Ensign (CR) November 2010

I guess one of the greatest mysteries of human history is why people fail to learn from the past. In the case of the Church, why do those who profess to be true followers of Christ repeatedly become victims of the enticements of the world? The evidence is strong regarding the blessings that accrue to those who trust in and follow the ways prescribed by the Lord, yet so many members of the Church fail to heed the evidence. - L. Tom Perry, "Living with Enthusiasm," p.65

As you and I slosh through the mud slides of life, we can’t help getting a few mud spots on us along the way either. And we don’t want to stand before the Lord looking muddy.

When the Savior appeared in ancient America, He said, “Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day” (3 Ne. 27:20). - Clate W. Mask, Jr., “Standing Spotless before the Lord,” Ensign (CR) May 2004

Some may be thinking that because they have a Word of Wisdom problem or because they have been dishonest or immoral—because they have not prayed for years—because of any reasons they now feel unworthy—they may say, “It’s too late, I’ve made so many mistakes—so why even try?” To these we say, “For your own sake, give yourself another chance.” - H. Burke Peterson, “Adversity and Prayer,” Ensign (CR) November 1973

We should never let Satan fool us into thinking that all is lost. Let us take pride in the good and right things we have done; reject and cast out of our lives those things that are wrong; look to the Lord for forgiveness, strength, and comfort; and then move onward. - Howard W. Hunter, “Parents’ Concern for Children,” Ensign (CR) October 1983

Nowhere is the generosity and mercy of God more manifest than in repentance. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

Forgiveness and the chance to change our past is at the heart of Christ's greatest gift to us all: the atoning sacrifice so willingly begun in Gethsemane and concluded upon the cross of Calvary. We "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God," so we take courage when we see the repentance of one like young Alma, who changed his life as dramatically and instantly as any man ever has. To be born of God is to find "marvelous light…and exquisite joy.” - Jeffrey R. Holland, "However Long and Hard the Road," p. 77

I testify that the Savior will never turn away from us when we humbly seek Him in order to repent; will never consider us to be a lost cause; will never say, “Oh no, not you again”; will never reject us because of a failure to understand how hard it is to avoid sin. He understands it all perfectly, including the sense of sorrow, shame, and frustration that is the inevitable consequence of sin. - Allen D. Haynie, “Remembering in Whom We Have Trusted,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

I am grateful to be alive, and I promised the Lord that I would bear testimony of that power and that healing influence whenever I could have the strength to do so. I thank God, and I hope that you thank God just to be alive. If you feel that you are not quite prepared or ready for that change from life to death, let me urge you now—today—to change your life. Remember it only takes a few seconds to change from life unto death. Let me urge you to make the necessary adjustments in your life. Yes, make new resolutions. Turn back, if you have reason to believe that you are on the wrong road, turn back now. It isn't too late. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1959, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.97

Sin and the need to repent might be represented by a man who takes a journey. On his back is a large empty bag. From time to time, he picks up a rock, representing the transgression of a law. He places the rock in the bag on his back. Over time, the bag becomes full. It is heavy. The man cannot continue on his journey. He must have a way to empty the bag and remove the rocks. This can be done only by the Savior through the Atonement. - Earl C. Tingey, "The Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR) April 2006

I know that every difficulty we face in life, even those that come from our own negligence or even transgression, can be turned by the Lord into growth experiences, a virtual ladder upward. I certainly do not recommend transgression as a path to growth. It is painful, difficult, and so totally unnecessary. It is far wiser and so much easier to move forward in righteousness. But through proper repentance, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and obedience to His commandments, even the disappointment that comes from transgression can be converted into a return to happiness. - Richard G. Scott, "Finding Joy in Life," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.24

In the battle of life, the adversary takes enormous numbers of prisoners, and many who know of no way to escape and are pressed into his service. Every soul confined to a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate. The adversary cannot hold them if they know how to use it. The key is labeled Repentance. The twin principles of repentance and forgiveness exceed in strength the awesome power of the adversary.

I know of no sins connected with the moral standard for which we cannot be forgiven. I do not exempt abortion. The formula is stated in forty words:

“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord,remember them no more.

“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” (D&C 58:42–43.) – Boyd K. Packer, “Our Moral Enviornment,” Ensign (CR) May 1992

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