Repentance

By  Emily Abel
April 20, 2021 03:41 PM MDT
One of the most famous parables in scriptures comes from Luke 15:4, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” The video below, recently shared on Facebook, captures an instance of an actual sheep being rescued—but with a surprising, somewhat humorous, ending.
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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
The April pick for LDS Living Book Club is The Divine Gift of Forgiveness by Elder Neil L. Andersen. Copies are available for 20% off at DeseretBook.com.
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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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By  Emily Abel
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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June 21, 2017 06:09 PM MDT
AsElder Lynn G. Robins says,"Romantic movies today would have you believe that love is governed by some uncontrollable, ungovernable force—like fate or serendipity. But this simply isn’t reality. . . . Love is a verb." And love is a choice we have to make every day. (Read more about how we can choose to love here.)
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June 12, 2017 08:56 AM MDT
Habits. We all have them. Some of them endear us to others, and some drive us crazy, but all of them somehow work their way into our subconscious and make us who we are. Latter-day Saint Stephen R. Covey understood the power of creating good habits and wrote a book about some of the best habits we can cultivate. This list of habits to help Latter-day Saints become closer to the Savior is based off of that model.
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May 19, 2017 09:30 AM MDT
Self-confidence. It’s a word and a concept that every human struggles with at some point in their life. But it’s never something I thought I struggled with. Until I read an article onlds.orgthat I realized perfectly described me:
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April 27, 2017 02:18 PM MDT
There are so many things I love about our Church culture—our outgoingness, our willingness to serve, our focus on the Savior and others, and the fact that no matter where I go, I instantly have a community I'm a part of.
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March 18, 2017 02:03 PM MDT
Many of these fears are ones we might not have realized within ourselves.
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February 06, 2017 04:02 PM MST
We all need to rely on the Atonement in order to make it back to our Heavenly Father, but what if we are getting one vital part of repentance painfully wrong?
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December 01, 2016 04:24 PM MST
On Thanksgiving day, Kayden Carlos stepped off a plane in Salt Lake City after completing a two-year assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
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October 09, 2016 09:01 AM MDT
A few years ago, I sent my daughter off to college at BYU with high hopes for her future. She was definitely active in the church when she left home, and she appeared willing to participate going forward. She seemed to love the gospel…enough. But when she transferred to another college a few years later, she simply never found her way to her new congregation. She quit attending church, and she didn’t seem to miss it.
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October 08, 2016 02:56 PM MDT
Generally, we don't think of losing as a good thing. But when it comes to one aspect of the gospel, losing is the best possible outcome.
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By  LDS Living
September 02, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
13 Weeks of FHE
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June 14, 2016 04:13 PM MDT
Repentance is one of the most important and meaningful gifts we are given while living on this earth. Because we are not perfect individuals, we are in need of Christ's Atonement in our lives each day. Through repentance, we have the opportunity to start with a clean slate and rid ourselves of our sins. The Lord suffered for each of our sins so that we will be able to live with Him again. Here are some things to remember when you want to repent.
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May 09, 2016 06:45 PM MDT
The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the everlasting Gospel the record of the ancient Nephites, translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, by the gift and power of God in him—that we may come to a knowledge of the principles of the Gospel in simplicity and in purity. It makes clear many dark sayings of the Jewish Scriptures, as they have come down to us. It sheds a flood of light over the Bible; it contains the key of knowledge and understanding; and it is more precious than all the works of modern times, and is worth more, (Erastus Snow, Journal of Discourses, Vol.23, p.300 p.301, October 7, 1882).
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April 08, 2016 04:35 PM MDT
The Mormon Channel recently released this compelling and brutally honest video of a mother so trapped in addiction, she loses the custody of her children. Though heartbroken, this woman finally finds the source of hope and forgiveness, helping her to realize the words "Be Still My Soul."
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By  Tamu Smith
March 24, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Usually we don’t write in our diaries one day and then read what we wrote the next. Some time usually elapses between when we record and when we look back. But we should evaluate our lives regularly and be performing spiritual background checks on ourselves.
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March 09, 2016 04:59 PM MST
At the beginning of this month, President Henry B. Eyring shared an unexpected story about a grandmother traveling to see her grandson in jail. While overwhelmed by heartbreak and wondering, this sweet woman received inspiration that teaches us about the reality of agency, the power of the atonement, and the overarching reach of God's infinite love.
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As a former bishop and now a YSA branch president, many members have asked me, “How long will it take me to repent?” And I usually answer, “Well, that depends—it depends on you and on the Lord.” Some people are able to repent rather quickly, while others take a long time.
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February 24, 2016 07:30 PM MST
We all slip-up. Sometimes, we even crash and burn. And no matter our mistakes, we get bombarded with justifications or reasons why we can't or don't need to repent. But all of these are not true. In fact, they are downright dangerous.
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February 20, 2016 04:10 PM MST
An obsession with social media and video games isolated one LDS teen, forcing him to look to other sources for a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Here's his touching story:
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February 17, 2016 07:19 PM MST
Nakedness: so often it is used to portray sin, humiliation, vulnerability, and carnal natures. So, why is this image one of the most beautiful associated with the atonement?
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