Elder David A. Bednar spoke about an important aspect of repentance during his recent address at the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar.
“Described most simply, repentance is turning away from evil and turning to God. As we exercise faith in and on the Lord, we turn toward, come unto, and depend upon Him,” he said. “Thus, repentance is trusting in and relying upon the Redeemer to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.”
Turning toward God in repentance is a hopeful theme often found in the scriptures, Elder Bednar said. He then outlined three fundamental truths about repentance, which Church News highlighted in a recent article.
- Repentance requires the Redeemer.
- Repentance requires an honest heart and real intent.
- The sequence of discipleship includes repentance, sacred covenants and ordinances, the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost, and always retaining a remission of sins.
Elder Bednar assured listeners that in following these three truths, they would be able to have spiritual assurance and confidence in their lives.
“Trusting in and turning to the Savior are the ultimate sources of spiritual confidence, assurance and enduring joy,” he said. “Repentance and remission of sins are supernal blessings made possible through the infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. These principles are real, and they are true.”
Learn more about the three truths Elder Bednar spoke about during the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar at Church News.