Daily Messages

Words for You to Ponder Today


Repentance

  • "Because He loves us, the Lord expects much of us. If we are humble, we will welcome the Lord’s invitations to repent, to sacrifice, and to serve as evidence of His perfect love for us. After all, an invitation to repent is also an invitation to receive the wonderful gift of forgiveness and peace. Therefore, “despise not … the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.”"

    —S. Mark Palmer, "Then Jesus Behold Him Loved Him"
    Topics: Repentance

  • "Each accountable child of Heavenly Father needs repentance. Consider what sins we need to repent of. What is holding us back? In what ways do we need to improve? I know, as President Packer experienced and testified, that when we sincerely repent of our sins, they are truly gone—without a trace!"

    —Linda S. Reeves, "The Great Plan of Redemption"
    Topics: Repentance

  • "Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand, and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind."

    — History of the Church, 5:23-24
    Topics: Repentance

  • "A growing number of both men and women are choosing to view [pornography] and are drawn back repeatedly until it becomes an addiction. These individuals may desire with all of their hearts to get out of this trap but often cannot overcome it on their own. How grateful we are when these loved ones choose to confide in us as parents or a Church leader. We would be wise not to react with shock, anger, or rejection, which may cause them to be silent again. We as parents and leaders need to counsel with our children and youth on an ongoing basis, listening with love and understanding."

    —Linda S. Reeves, "Protection from Pornography—A Christ-Focused Home"
    Topics: Repentance

  • ""You can change anything you want to change and you can do it very fast. It is another Satanic falsehood to believe that it takes years and years and eons of eternity to repent. It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say “I’ll change”—and mean it. Of course there will be problems to work out and restitutions to make. You may well spend—indeed, you had better spend—the rest of your life proving your repentance by its permanence. But change, growth, renewal, and repentance can come for you as instantaneously as it did for Alma and the Sons of Mosiah. Do not misunderstand. Repentance is not easy or painless or convenient. It can be a bitter cup from hell. But only Satan would have you think that a necessary and required acknowledgement of sin is more distasteful than permanent residence in it. Only he would say, “You can’t change. You won’t change. It’s too long and too hard to change. Give up. Give in. Don’t repent. You are just the way you are.” That, my friends, is a lie born of desperation. Don’t fall for it.""

    —Jeffrey R. Holland, "How to Change", Liahona, February 2017
    Topics: Repentance

  • "Understanding the doctrine of repentance is essential for becoming resistant to sin. Being sin-resistant doesn’t mean being sinless, but it does imply being continually repentant, vigilant, and valiant. Perhaps being sin-resistant comes as a blessing from repeatedly resisting sin."

    —Joy D. Jones, "A Sin-Resistant Generation"
    Topics: Repentance

  • "Sometimes we wonder why we remember our sins long after we have forsaken them. Why does the sadness for our mistakes at times continue following our repentance?"

    —Neil L. Andersen, "Repent ... That I May Heal You"
    Topics: Repentance

  • "Repentance is the Lord’s regimen for spiritual growth."

    —Russell M. Nelson, "Repentance and Conversion", Liahona, May 2007
    Topics: Repentance

  • "As if we were climbing a tree-covered mountain, at times we don’t see our progress until we get closer to the top and look back from the high ridges. Don’t be discouraged. If you are striving and working to repent, you are in the process of repenting."

    —Neil L. Andersen, "Repent ... That I May Heal You"
    Topics: Repentance

  • "Remember, repentance is not punishment. It is the hope-filled path to a more glorious future. Father in Heaven has provided us tools that help to build the fortifications between our vulnerabilities and our faithfulness."

    —Elder Richard G. Scott, "Personal Strength through the Atonement of Jesus Christ"
    Topics: Repentance