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7 Beautiful Commandments We Sometimes Forget Are Commandments


5. Repent Every Day

Sometimes we mistakenly think that obedience to God's commandments means perfection, but that's not what our Heavenly Father expects. If that were the case, he would have never given us the seemingly contradictory commandment of repentance. 

Although God doesn't want us to fall, He knows that we will, and He's commanded us to get back up, reorient ourselves toward Him, and keep trying.

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I often have to remind myself that repentance is not just for the big things, but for the little things too, and that I should be repenting every day. When I'm acting grumpy and then realize it, that realization is a gift and a call to repent. When a thought pops into my head that I've been persuing an idle activity for too long and need to get up and be productive, following that prompting is a choice to repent. 

In a general conference talk in October 2016, Sister Linda S. Reeves of the General Relief Society presidency said:

"Oh, how I want each of my children, grandchildren, and each of you, my brothers and sisters, to feel the joy and closeness to Heavenly Father and to our Savior as we daily repent of our sins and weaknesses. Each accountable child of Heavenly Father needs repentance."

I also loved what BYU Professor Anthony Sweat said at a recent Time Out for Women event. To paraphrase, he said that we need to move from a culture of perfectionism to a culture of loyalty. When we demand perfection of ourselves, we don't allow room for repentance and are cutting this gift from God out of our lives. When we strive to be loyal to God, however, we become "really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly," as Elder Jorg Klebingat of the Seventy once said. 

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Like each of God's commandments, repentance was designed with our happiness in mind. Repentance brings us closer to our Savior and our Heavenly Father, and we should commit to following this commandment daily. 

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