Repentance

May 17, 2024 06:25 AM MDT
We cannot truly love others until we complete this crucial step.
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May 02, 2024 12:37 PM MDT
In a recent video, Elder D. Todd Christofferson said he’d been thinking about “the precious gift of repentance” offered by Jesus Christ.
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March 26, 2024 01:25 PM MDT
“I wasn’t sure how I could be forgiven for all my bad choices. But I found repentance was more about who I was becoming than who I was in the past.”
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March 19, 2024 10:53 AM MDT
What if change can be immediate? In fact, what if long-lasting change isn’t possible without immediate change?
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February 22, 2024 10:27 AM MST
When a young man expressed concern that he was still feeling guilt after repenting, Elder Andersen shared this insight on repentance and forgiveness.
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January 15, 2024 08:31 AM MST
To be at peace with our efforts, we must learn to stop seeing our lives through a self-centric lens and start looking through a Savior-centric lens.
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January 15, 2024 06:55 AM MST
We may be discouraged when reading of those who are ‘lost’ in Lehi’s vision. But if we examine the context, the vision can actually be a hopeful message.
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November 08, 2023 01:37 PM MST
Sy’s son Zachary was killed in an act of random violence. With the Savior by her side, Sy fought the decades-long battle to forgive his killer and find joy in her life once more.
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July 13, 2023 04:00 PM MDT
We all want to feel loved and accepted. Here are nine ideas that may help those who are unable to fully participate at church know they are welcome among their fellow Latter-day Saints.
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Fun
January 07, 2022 03:30 PM MST
This video shared on Facebook captures an instance of a sheep being rescued—but with a surprise ending that may hold powerful spiritual lessons for all of us.
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December 06, 2021 10:05 AM MST
Highlights from Elder Soares’s October 2020 conference talk are pared with beautiful animation to illustrate an important message of hope and healing.
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November 05, 2020 01:00 PM MST
On this week’s episode of This is the Gospel, two storytellers share about small decisions that had lasting impacts. At 18 years old, Vinnie moved away from his family and was ready to do things his way. But he promised his mom that he would try attending church one last time. Read how Vinnie’s decision to keep this promise influenced him when he felt lost—both physically and spiritually.
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September 29, 2020 01:18 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided wonderful mental health resources in recent years. There is even an entire “mental health” section in the Gospel Library on the Church’s website. The content is excellent, and I encourage you to explore it.
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April 27, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
As I attended seminary in high school, I had a friend who sat across the aisle from me. She was intelligent and kind, and had a warm personality. We rarely saw each other outside of seminary. Through my senior year of high school, we got to know each other in seminary class and discussed many things that were meaningful to us.
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January 27, 2020 12:51 PM MST
You are now here on earth, a glorious son or daughter of God. You have entered a mortal world with all the deficiencies, temptations, and enticements of a secondary existence where Satan and his followers are allowed to tempt you, to seduce you, and to ensnare you.1 While you have made mistakes, these sins do not describe who you are. Your identity is not defined by the sins of this world, but by the righteousness of another. Finding yourself here with the sins and failings of this difficult probationary state, your soul cries out for divine help. Deep in your soul, you yearn for a Redeemer, a Savior, to find your way back to your heavenly home.2 The Fall does not define you; it helps to refine you.
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January 20, 2020 11:10 AM MST
While we should not be overly preoccupied in thinking about Satan and his purposes, as we honestly consider our desire to repent and more closely follow the Savior, we need to realize that the forces of the adversary will attempt to thwart our resolve.
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January 06, 2020 09:19 PM MST
I was called as the mission president of the France Bordeaux Mission in 1989, and we arrived in Bordeaux in the month of July. The mission was just opening, and we were the first family to live in the mission home, which was still being furnished when we arrived. The mission home needed a piano, and we were encouraged to visit local music stores to find one. It seemed with each store we entered, seeing our missionary tags with the name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the proprietor of the store would say, “I know one of your members, Philippe Moreau.” Philippe was a concert pianist of some reputation in Bordeaux, and I was impressed that he was so open about his beliefs. I expected to meet him soon. When we did not meet him, I asked the leaders in Bordeaux about Philippe Moreau. Their countenances saddened at the question, and they informed me that he was no longer a member of the Church. They explained that he had joined the Church in his late teens and had been a fervent disciple of the Savior, but then had moved away from the Savior’s teachings.
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September 27, 2019 01:19 PM MDT
In the January 2017 Ensign, then-President Uchtdorf lovingly prepared a message for members of the Church: “Aiming at the Center.” This message shares a compelling metaphor for how we should focus our lives.
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September 06, 2019 08:07 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in 2 Corinthians 1-7. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Livingfor additional resources and suggestions.
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By  LDS Living
August 22, 2019 03:03 PM MDT
"We talk about repentance and we focus on its importance and we know that there's only one person who ever lived who doesn't need it, but when we see others around us going through it, we're not really sure how to react," Nick says in the new His Grace video "Repentance: We Are Never Alone."
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August 17, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
I must have walked past the bishop’s office at least 10 times that night. To my 15-year-old brain, it felt more like 100, but I kept walking by even though Mutual had been done for a while. Trying to look nonchalant, I walked toward the lobby one more time to see if the bishop’s door was open, just like I had the week before and the week before that. It hadn’t been open any of those other weeks, but tonight might be different. Palms sweating, stomach aching, and head hanging low, I slinked one more time through the church building.
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July 12, 2019 02:38 PM MDT
As Disney fans around the world prepare for The Lion King to hit theaters, we wanted to share some of the gospel lessons that make this story great.
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July 12, 2019 09:09 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Acts 10-15. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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By  LDS Living
July 06, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of powerful videos about overcoming pornography, supporting loved ones with a pornography problem, and finding healing from pornography or betrayal trauma. We will be highlighting these valuable resources over the ensuing weeks.
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July 05, 2019 09:58 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Acts 6-9. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Livingfor additional resources and suggestions.
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April 23, 2019 01:35 PM MDT
“Angels above us are silent notes taking of ev’ry action; then do what is right!” As a child, I took those hymn lyrics to heart, imagining that someone somewhere was watching my every action and taking note.
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January 12, 2019 02:00 PM MST
We know we shouldn’t think about sin because “as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). So on what should we be focusing? Avoiding sin? Not really.
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December 27, 2018 04:04 PM MST
This is an excerpt from the book Falling to Heaven: The Surprising Path to Happiness, by James L. Ferrell.
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December 27, 2018 01:59 PM MST
Godly sorrow, or mature guilt, is a constructive emotion. We are guilty of sin, and so feeling guilty is completely appropriate, including feeling deep remorse for our rebellion against God and sorrow for the hurt we have caused others. Awareness of our guilt is the first step in repentance and change. This godly sorrow appropriately follows the recognition that we have violated our own moral code.
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November 17, 2018 02:05 PM MST
The following story was originally published on Jason F. Wright's blog in 2015and has been republished with permission.
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November 12, 2018 04:03 PM MST
Recently I visited with a friend who hasn’t stepped inside a chapel in years. This genuinely good guy believes that even casual church attendance should be based upon some basic level of obedience.
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November 03, 2018 12:05 PM MDT
Some time ago a friend, not a member of the Church because of recent discipline, asked, "What can I do while I am waiting? Over the past period of time, it has been made very evident what I cannot do. Tell me and others in my situation what we can do."
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September 25, 2018 12:48 PM MDT
We need not be guilty of serious sin in order to need, to appreciate, and to take advantage of a second chance. In fact, sometimes we may find ourselves hoping for a second chance that has nothing to do with sin at all. How many times have we made innocent mistakes—not out of rebellion but just out of ignorance or poor judgment—and wished we could try again? How often has a misunderstanding led to a strained relationship, and we wished we could go back in time to do things differently?
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August 28, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
It’s a Sunday morning, and I’ve just finished breakfast. I decide to go for a walk while listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on my MP3 player. Afterward, I shower and dress in clothes I ironed the day before. Anxious not to be late for church, I gather my scriptures and lesson materials because today is my turn to teach Sunday School. I feel prepared, but I run through a mental checklist to make sure I have everything I need. Ready at last, I set out for the chapel, greet some friends before the service begins, find my usual seat, and pick up a hymnbook.
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August 20, 2018 04:24 PM MDT
In response to our humility about our weakness, God offers to “make weak things become strong” unto us (Ether 12:27). There must be ways for weak things to become strong other than through noticeable improvement in our ability. . . .
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July 12, 2018 12:23 PM MDT
“The Vision of the Redemption of the Dead is a great addition to our scriptures and reveals more fully than any passages found in the scriptures that Jesus Christ loves all the daughters and sons of God and provided them the way to return home,” President M. Russell Ballard said.
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July 05, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
We each have our own “favorite sins” that, for some reason, we can’t seem to shake. So when we lose hope and feel like change is impossible, how do we conquer the weaknesses that hold us back?
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June 06, 2018 06:00 PM MDT
Keep your eye on the ball,” whispers the golf coach, encouraging the player to maintain her focus solely on the goal, which is to hit the ball in precisely the right way to get a hole in one. Well, maybe someday.
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May 05, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the Seventy spoke of the message of Hosea:
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March 12, 2018 03:42 PM MDT
William Shakespeare wrote:
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February 19, 2018 02:08 PM MST
In place of faith in Christ, some choose disbelief. When people say, “There is no God,” or, “The Church isn’t true,” their words can put us on the defensive. However, such comments are sometimes attempts to justify poor choices and avoid change. When we listen beyond the words, the message really being communicated in such cases is, “I’ve sinned and don’t want to repent.”
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February 13, 2018 07:14 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Anthony Sweat's recently released book, Christ in Every Hour.
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By  LDS Living
January 26, 2018 01:25 PM MST
"I didn't think it was possible to ever get clean. But I remembered in the scriptures the Lord had descended below all things. And certainly, if anything could save me it would be the Atonement," Moroni says in a new Mormon Channel video.
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By  LDS Living
January 24, 2018 08:37 PM MST
This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message remind us that in our quest to better ourselves, we need to remember to prayerfully minister to others with love and to rely on the Atonement when we mess up.
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December 15, 2017 09:37 AM MST
General Conference Talk: “Repentance Is Always Positive” Stephen W. Owen, October 2017 general conference
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October 05, 2017 11:02 AM MDT
What a powerful story of repentance and love that reaches beyond judgment and fear to see others the way our Heavenly Father does.
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August 31, 2017 08:39 AM MDT
To the person who didn’t take the sacrament today:
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August 16, 2017 06:11 PM MDT
Occasionally I get a letter from a concerned parent about their child in a gay relationship or leaving their Christian faith. Often these parents are paralyzed with fear. Fear of condoning or accepting immoral behavior yet fear of losing their child to choices the parent disagrees with. Based on correspondence with these parents, I feel many in the name of “truth and righteousness” draw their swords only to find it turned into a tragic event that was avoidable.
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August 04, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
"Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace."
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July 24, 2017 02:52 PM MDT
This is a good reminder of the mistakes we should avoid as members of the Church.
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June 30, 2017 02:54 PM MDT
When I was a teen I worked full-time as an international runway model. I retired from the industry shortly after I turned 18 and have been speaking to Young Women groups about finding true happiness for the last 10 years.
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