Category Archives: Repentance

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #17 out of 21

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

“The Savior has promised you forgiveness if you will humble yourself and make the effort that repentance requires… To repent, you need to confess your sins to the Lord.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 4 days, I, ____________________, will seek to humble myself to the Lord and confess my sins to Him.


“Follow the steps of repentance

“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.

“Sorrow for sin

“Study and ponder to determine how serious the Lord defines your transgression to be. That will bring healing sorrow and remorse. It will also bring a sincere desire for change and a willingness to submit to every requirement for forgiveness. Alma taught, “Justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.”

“Abandonment of sin

“This is an unyielding, permanent resolve to not repeat the transgression. By keeping this commitment, the bitter aftertaste of that sin need not be experienced again. Remember: “But unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return.” Joseph Smith declared: “Repentance is a thing that cannot be trifled with every day. Daily transgression and daily repentance is not … pleasing in the sight of God.”

“Confession of sin

“You always need to confess your sins to the Lord. If they are serious transgressions, such as immorality, they need to be confessed to a bishop or stake president. Please understand that confession is not repentance. It is an essential step, but is not of itself adequate. Partial confession by mentioning lesser mistakes will not help you resolve a more serious, undisclosed transgression. Essential to forgiveness is a willingness to fully disclose to the Lord and, where necessary, His priesthood judge all that you have done. Remember, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”” – Finding Forgiveness by Richard G. Scott, continued Friday.


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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #16 out of 21

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

“If you have sinned, the sooner you repent, the sooner you begin to make your way back and find the peace and joy that comes with forgiveness.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 5 days I, ____________________, commit to not delay repenting of my sins.


“If you delay repentance, you may lose blessings, opportunities, and spiritual guidance. You may also become further entangled in sinful behavior, making it more difficult to find your way back.” – For the Strength of Youth


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/

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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #15 out of 21

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

“Some people knowingly break God’s commandments, planning to repent later, such as before they go to the temple or serve a mission. Such deliberate sin mocks the Savior’s Atonement.”  – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next week, I, ____________________, commit to not mock the Savior’s Atonement by knowingly* breaking God’s commandments.

*perhaps read as “deliberately.” Either way this is hard.


“Understand the Atonement

Every incorrect choice we make, every sin we commit is a violation of eternal law. That violation brings negative results we generally soon recognize. There are also other consequences of our acts of which we may not be conscious. They are nonetheless real. They can have a tremendous effect on the quality of our life here and most certainly will powerfully affect it hereafter. We can do nothing of ourselves to satisfy the demands of justice for a broken eternal law. Yet, unless the demands of justice are paid, each of us will suffer endless negative consequences.

Only the life, teachings, and particularly the Atonement of Jesus Christ can release us from this otherwise impossible predicament. Each of us has made mistakes, large or small, which if unresolved will keep us from the presence of God. For this reason, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the single most significant event that ever has or ever will occur. This selfless act of infinite consequence, performed by a single glorified personage, has eternal impact in the life of every son and daughter of our Father in Heaven—without exception. It shatters the bonds of death. It justifies our finally being judged by the Master. It can prevent an eternity under the control of the devil. It opens the gates to exaltation and eternal life for all who qualify for forgiveness through repentance and obedience.” – Finding Forgiveness by Richard G. Scott, emphasis added.


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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #14 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 and for the next 7 days, I, ____________________, commit to do what is necessary to repent and receive forgiveness.


“Of all the necessary steps to repentance, I testify that the most critically important is for you to have a conviction that forgiveness comes because of the Redeemer. It is essential to know that only on His terms can you be forgiven. Witness Alma’s declaration: “I was … in the most bitter pain and anguish of soul; and never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But … I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.” You will be helped as you exercise faith in Jesus Christ. That means you trust Him and you trust His teachings. Satan would have you believe that serious transgression cannot be entirely overcome. The Savior gave His life so that the effects of all transgression can be put behind us, save the shedding of innocent blood and the denial of the Holy Ghost.

The fruit of true repentance is forgiveness, which opens the door to receive all of the covenants and ordinances provided on this earth and to enjoy the resulting blessings. When a repentant soul is baptized, all former sins are forgiven and need not be remembered. When repentance is full and one has been cleansed, there comes a new vision of life and its glorious possibilities. How marvelous the promise of the Lord: “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.” The Lord is and ever will be faithful to His words.” – Finding Forgiveness by Richard G. Scott


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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #13 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 for the next 8 days, 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.


“Do not take comfort in the fact that your transgressions are not known by others. That is like an ostrich with his head buried in the sand. He sees only darkness and feels comfortably hidden. In reality he is ridiculously conspicuous. Likewise our every act is seen by our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son. They know everything about us.

“Adultery, fornication, committing homosexual acts, and other deviations approaching these in gravity are not acceptable alternate lifestyles. They are serious sins. Committing physical and sexual abuse are major sins. Such grave sins require deep repentance to be forgiven. President Kimball taught: “To every forgiveness there is a condition. The plaster must be as wide as the sore. The fasting, the prayers, the humility must be equal to or greater than the sin.” “It is unthinkable that God absolves serious sins upon a few requests. He is likely to wait until there has been long, sustained repentance.”

“If you have seriously transgressed, you will not find any lasting satisfaction or comfort in what you have done. Excusing transgression with a cover-up may appear to fix the problem, but it does not. The tempter is intent on making public your most embarrassing acts at the most harmful time. Lies weave a pattern that is ever more confining and becomes a trap that Satan will spring to your detriment.” – Finding Forgiveness by Richard G. Scott


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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #12 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 9 days, I, ____________________, commit to seek forgiveness of those I’ve wronged and restore as far as possible what has been damaged by my actions.


“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?

“You will remember a tender story told by President James E. Faust. “As a small boy on the farm … , I remember my grandmother … cooking our delicious meals on a hot woodstove. When the wood box next to the stove became empty, Grandmother would silently pick up the box, go out to refill it from the pile of cedar wood outside, and bring the heavily laden box back into the house.”

“President Faust’s voice then filled with emotion as he continued: “I was so insensitive … I sat there and let my beloved grandmother refill the kitchen wood box. I feel ashamed of myself and have regretted my [sin of] omission for all of my life. I hope someday to ask for her forgiveness.”

“More than 65 years had passed. If President Faust still remembered and regretted not helping his grandmother after all those years, should we be surprised with some of the things we still remember and regret?

“The scriptures do not say that we will forget our forsaken sins in mortality. Rather, they declare that the Lord will forget.

“The forsaking of sins implies never returning. Forsaking requires time. To help us, the Lord at times allows the residue of our mistakes to rest in our memory. It is a vital part of our mortal learning.

“As we honestly confess our sins, restore what we can to the offended, and forsake our sins by keeping the commandments, we are in the process of receiving forgiveness. With time, we will feel the anguish of our sorrow subside, taking “away the guilt from our hearts” and bringing “peace of conscience.”

“For those who are truly repentant but seem unable to feel relief: continue keeping the commandments. I promise you, relief will come in the timetable of the Lord. Healing also requires time.

“If you are concerned, counsel with your bishop. A bishop has the power of discernment. He will help you.” – “Repent … That I May Heal You” by Neil L. Andersen, emphasis added.


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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #11 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  11 days, I, ____________________, commit to go beyond simply acknowledging my sins. I will seek a change of mind and heart.


“Realizing where we need to change, we sorrow for the sadness we have caused. This leads to sincere and heartfelt confession to the Lord and, when needed, to others. When possible, we restore what we have wrongly harmed or taken.

“Repentance becomes part of our daily lives. Our weekly taking of the sacrament is so important—to come meekly, humbly before the Lord, acknowledging our dependence upon Him, asking Him to forgive and to renew us, and promising to always remember Him.

“Sometimes in our repentance, in our daily efforts to become more Christlike, we find ourselves repeatedly struggling with the same difficulties. 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.

“As we improve, we see life more clearly and feel the Holy Ghost working more strongly within us.” – “Repent … That I May Heal You” by Neil L. Andersen, emphasis added.


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/

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Daily Reminder on Repentance: #10 out of 21

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

“The Savior has promised you forgiveness if you will humble yourself and make the effort that repentance requires… To repent, you need to confess your sins to the Lord.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 12 days, I, ____________________, will seek to humble myself to the Lord and confess my sins to Him.


“Repentance requires a seriousness of purpose and a willingness to persevere, even through pain. Attempts to create a list of specific steps of repentance may be helpful to some, but it may also lead to a mechanical, check-off-the-boxes approach with no real feeling or change. True repentance is not superficial. The Lord gives two overarching requirements: “By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them” (D&C 58:43).

“Confessing and forsaking are powerful concepts. They are much more than a casual “I admit it; I’m sorry.” Confession is a deep, sometimes agonizing acknowledgment of error and offense to God and man. Sorrow and regret and bitter tears often accompany one’s confession, especially when his or her actions have been the cause of pain to someone or, worse, have led another into sin. It is this deep distress, this view of things as they really are, that leads one, as Alma, to cry out, “O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death” (Alma 36:18)…

“[Despite that], whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness.” – The Divine Gift of Repentance by D. Todd Christofferson, emphasis added


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?