Repentance


Repentance is one of the first principles of the gospel and is essential to our temporal and eternal happiness. It is much more than just acknowledging wrongdoings. It is a change of mind and heart that gives us a fresh view about God, about ourselves, and about the world. It includes turning away from sin and turning to God for forgiveness. It is motivated by love for God and the sincere desire to obey His commandments.

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The Need for Repentance

The Lord has declared that “no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven” (Alma 11:37). Our sins make us unclean—unworthy to return and dwell in the presence of our Heavenly Father. They also bring anguish to our soul in this life.

Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our Father in Heaven has provided the only way for us to be forgiven of our sins (see Forgiveness). Jesus Christ suffered the penalty for our sins so we can be forgiven if we sincerely repent. As we repent and rely on His saving grace, we will be cleansed from sin.

Elements of Repentance

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Prophetic Teachings

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Additional Study Materials

  • "The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel" Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, Chapter 21

  • "The Glorious Work of Repentance and Baptism" Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, Chapter 7

  • "Repent, Repentance" Guide to the Scriptures

  • "Repentance and Baptism" Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, Chapter 9

  • "The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel" Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Chapter 4

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