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Repent, Repentance

A change of mind and heart that brings a fresh attitude toward God, oneself, and life in general. Repentance implies that a person turns away from evil and turns his heart and will to God, submitting to God’s commandments and desires and forsaking sin. True repentance comes from a love for God and a sincere desire to obey his commandments. All accountable persons have sinned and must repent in order to progress toward salvation. Only through the atonement of Jesus Christ can our repentance become effective and accepted by God.

  • Make confession unto the Lord:Ezra 10:11;
  • Put away the evil of your doings; cease to do evil:Isa. 1:16;
  • Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions:Ezek. 18:30–31;
  • Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand:Matt. 3:2;
  • There is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth:Luke 15:7;
  • God commandeth all men every where to repent:Acts 17:30; ( 2 Ne. 9:23; 3 Ne. 11:31–40; D&C 133:16; )
  • Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation:2 Cor. 7:10;
  • The Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent has wrought a mighty change in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil:Mosiah 5:2;
  • If he confess his sins and repent, him shall ye forgive:Mosiah 26:29;
  • After Alma’s preaching, many people began to repent:Alma 14:1;
  • Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance:Alma 34:33;
  • Alma taught Helaman of his repentance and conversion:Alma 36; ( Mosiah 27:8–32; )
  • Repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment:Alma 42:16;
  • Let your sins trouble you, with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance:Alma 42:29;
  • Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit:3 Ne. 9:20;
  • Whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive:3 Ne. 9:22;
  • Repent, all ye ends of the earth:3 Ne. 27:20;
  • As oft as they repented, they were forgiven:Moro. 6:8;
  • Say nothing but repentance unto this generation:D&C 6:9; ( D&C 11:9; )
  • How great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!:D&C 18:13;
  • Every man must repent or suffer:D&C 19:4;
  • He that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out:D&C 42:28;
  • He who confesses and forsakes his sins is forgiven:D&C 58:42–43;
  • The dead who repent will be redeemed:D&C 138:58;
  • We believe in repentance:A of F 1:4;