Sometimes the steps of repentance are initially difficult and painful, like the cleansing of a soiled garment. Yet, they produce purity, peace of mind, self-respect, hope, and finally, a new person with a renewed life and abundance of opportunity.
-Elder Richard G Scott May 1995
The glorious thing about the whole matter of repentance is that the scriptures are as full of the Lord’s assurances that he will forgive as they are full of his commands for us to repent, to change our lives and bring them into full conformity with his wonderful teachings.
-President Spencer W Kimball May 1982 First Presidency Message.
President Ezra Taft Benson, speaking of repentance, gave this counsel: “We must be careful, as we seek to become more and more [Christlike], 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.”
-D Todd Christofferson CES Fireside Jan 2011
“Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life. Pretending there is no sin does not lessen its burden and pain. Suffering for sin does not by itself change anything for the better. Only repentance leads to the sunlit uplands of a better life. Only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ and salvation. Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace. Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration. Any pain entailed in repentance will always be far less than the suffering required to satisfy justice for unresolved transgression.”
-D. Todd Christofferson General Conference October 2011
Another condition of repentance is suffering or punishment for the sin. In the words of Alma, “Repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment.” Where there has been sin, there must be suffering.
-Elder Dallin H Oaks BYU Fireside 1990
God is good. He is eager to forgive. He wants us to perfect ourselves and maintain control of ourselves. He does not want Satan and others to control our lives. We must learn that keeping our Heavenly Father’s commandments represents the only path to total control of ourselves, the only way to find joy, truth, and fulfillment in this life and in eternity.
-President Spencer W Kimball May 1982.
The next step in the process of repentance is to abandon the sin. The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” And to the adulteress, the Master said, “Go, and sin no more.”
-President Spencer W Kimball May 1982
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—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.
-Elder Neal A Maxwell Nov. 1991
There will be a final judgment. An important condition of repentance is to believe that one day we will all stand before the judgment bar. That day will come.
-Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy LDS Bus. College 1998
When our commitment is diminished for any reason, part of the solution is repentance. Commitment and repentance are closely intertwined.
-Quinten L Cook “Can Ye Feel So Now?” October 2012 General Conference
Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence.
-David A Bednar “Converted Unto The Lord” October 2012 General Conference
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