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Young Men Lesson 24: Christ-centered Repentance

Manual 1; Excerpt from "Repent … That I May Heal You” by Neil L. Andersen

June 08, 2012

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"The invitation to repent is rarely a voice of chastisement but rather a loving appeal to turn around and to “re-turn” toward God." -Neil L. Andersen

Discussion Questions:
  • What does it mean to truly repent? (see Mosiah 5:1–7).
  • What is the Savior’s role in the repentance process? (see Alma 42:14–15; D&C 19:15–20).

Excerpt from "Repent … That I May Heal You” by Neil L. Andersen, October 2009 General Conference:

For most, repentance is more a journey than a one-time event. It is not easy. To change is difficult. It requires running into the wind, swimming upstream. Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” 18 Repentance is turning away from some things, such as dishonesty, pride, anger, and impure thoughts, and turning toward other things, such as kindness, unselfishness, patience, and spirituality. It is “re-turning” toward God.

How do we decide where our repentance should be focused? When a loved one or friend suggests things we need to change, the natural man in us sometimes pops up his head and responds, “Oh, you think I should change? Well, let me tell you about some of your problems.” A better approach is to humbly petition the Lord: “Father, what wouldst Thou have me do?” The answers come. We feel the changes we need to make. The Lord tells us in our mind and in our heart. 19

We then are allowed to choose: will we repent, or will we pull the shades down over our open window into heaven?

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