How do I repent?

Russell M. Nelson

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

From “Repentance and Conversion,” Ensign, May 2007, 102–3.

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Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

How do I repent?

  • The Lord has commanded us to repent, to change our ways, to come unto Him, and be more like Him.

  • There must first be recognition, remorse, then confession.

  • Confession is to be made to the person who has been wronged. Confession should be sincere and not merely an admission of guilt.

  • The next step is restitution—to repair damage done.

  • Then come steps to resolve to do better.

  • Thanks to … the Atonement of Jesus Christ, full forgiveness is given to the sinner who repents and remains free from sin.

Illustration by Jack Martin