Category Archives: Repentance

Repentance Closing Post

Congratulations! The Repentance segment has finished! The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm. The topic will be Sabbath Day Observance and the segment will last for three weeks, until October 4. I should warn that during this coming period I am starting college (I’m in my apartment now). Everything should continue to work properly, but just a heads up. Also, sometime this segment I should be sending out a survey to get some feedback on FTSOA, so keep a look out for that.

Before you let this topic rest: ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” Write what you think of down. It can be a specific instance, a favorite quote, a feeling, a thought, whatever it is, write it down. I find it helps me to put the hard work into perspective, seeing how much it has helped.

To conclude this segment, here’s a final thought, quoted from Finding Forgiveness by Richard G. Scott because he said it better than I ever could:

“In closing, with all the tenderness and sincerity of heart I invite each one of you to thoughtfully review your life. Have you deviated from the standards that you know will bring happiness? Is there a dark corner that needs to be cleaned out? Are you now doing things that you know are wrong? Do you fill your mind with unclean thoughts? When it is quiet and you can think clearly, does your conscience tell you to repent?

“For your peace now and for everlasting happiness, please repent. Open your heart to the Lord and ask Him to help you. You will earn the blessing of forgiveness, peace, and the knowledge you have been purified and made whole. Find the courage to ask the Lord for strength to repent, now. I solemnly witness that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer. I know that He lives. I testify that He loves you personally and will help you.

“Obtain His forgiveness by repenting, now.”

~ George

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #21 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

“When you do what is necessary to repent and receive forgiveness, you will know for yourself the power of the Atonement and the love God has for you.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today I, ____________________, commit to do what is necessary to repent and receive forgiveness.


I Stand All Amazed, Hymn Number 193

1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
2. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #20 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

“As you strive to repent, seek help and counsel from your parents. Serious sins, such as sexual transgression or use of pornography, need to be  confessed to your bishop.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and tomorrow, I, ____________________, commit to seek the help and counsel of friends and family as I strive to repent.*

If I have committed any serious sins that should be confessed to my bishop, I, ____________________, commit to do so.

*For the Strength of Youth doesn’t say anything about which sins to seek help for, so I personally assume it means to seek help for any and all sins. Of course, you can still be picky about who you talk to.


“The invitation to repent is an expression of love. When the Savior “began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17), it was a message of love, inviting all who would to qualify to join Him “and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life [itself] in the world to come” (Moses 6:59). If we do not invite others to change or if we do not demand repentance of ourselves, we fail in a fundamental duty we owe to one another and to ourselves. A permissive parent, an indulgent friend, a fearful Church leader are in reality more concerned about themselves than the welfare and happiness of those they could help. Yes, the call to repentance is at times regarded as intolerant or offensive and may even be resented, but guided by the Spirit, it is in reality an act of genuine caring (see D&C 121:43–44).” – The Divine Gift of Repentance by D. Todd Christofferson


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

Once you have confessed your sins to the Lord, “seek forgiveness from those you have wronged, and restore as far as possible what has been damaged by your actions.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 2 days, I, ____________________, commit to seek forgiveness of those I’ve wronged and restore as far as possible what has been damaged by my actions.


“Follow the steps of repentance (continued from Wednesday)

“In The Miracle of Forgiveness, President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) gives a superb guide to forgiveness through repentance. It has helped many find their way back. He identifies five essential elements of repentance. [These are steps four and five].

“Restitution for sin

“You must restore as far as possible all that which is stolen, damaged, or defiled. Willing restitution is concrete evidence to the Lord that you are committed to do all you can to repent.

“Obedience to all the commandments

“Full obedience brings the complete power of the gospel into your life with strength to focus on the abandonment of specific sins. It includes things you might not initially consider part of repentance, such as attending meetings, paying tithing, giving service, and forgiving others. The Lord said: “He that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven.”” – Finding Forgiveness by Richard G. Scott


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #18 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

“Repentance is more than simply acknowledging wrongdoings. It is a change of mind and heart.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next  3 days, I, ____________________, commit to go beyond simply acknowledging my sins. I will seek a change of mind and heart.


“Repentance means striving to change. It would mock the Savior’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross for us to expect that He should transform us into angelic beings with no real effort on our part. Rather, we seek His grace to complement and reward our most diligent efforts. Perhaps as much as praying for mercy, we should pray for time and opportunity to work and strive and overcome. Surely the Lord smiles upon one who desires to come to judgment worthily, who resolutely labors day by day to replace weakness with strength. Real repentance, real change may require repeated attempts, but there is something refining and holy in such striving. Divine forgiveness and healing flow quite naturally to such a soul, for indeed “virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; [and] mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own” (D&C 88:40).

“With repentance we can steadily improve in our capacity to live the celestial law, for we recognize that “he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory” (D&C 88:22).” – The Divine Gift of Repentance by D. Todd Christofferson


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Repentance section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/repentance/

How can I do better today than I did yesterday?