05 February 2014

LDS Teachings: Being Reclaimed and Repentance

What Sister Breksa Teaches About Repentance

"To repent, we recognize our sins and feel remorse, or godly sorrow.  We confess our sings to God. We also confess very serious sings to God's authorized Church leaders, who can help us repent. We ask God in prayer to forgive us. We do all we can to correct the problems our actions may have caused; this is called restitution. As we repent, our view of ourselves and the world changes. As we change, we recognize that we are children of God and that we need not continue making the same mistakes over and over. If we sincerely repent, we turn away from our sins and do them no more. We resist any desire to commit sin. Our desire to follow God grows stronger and deeper.

"Sincere repentance brings several results. We feel God's forgiveness and His peace in our lives. Our guilt and sorrow are sept away. We feel the influence of the Spirit in greater abundance. And when we pass from this life, we will be more prepared to live with our Heavenly Father and His Son. 

"Even after we have accept Christ and repented of our sins, we may fall short and sin again. We should continually try to correct these transgressions.  In addition, we should continually improve -- to develop Christlike qualities, to grow in knowledge, and to serve more effectively. As we learn more about what the Savior expects of us, we will want to show our love by obeying Him. Thus, as we repent daily, we will find that our lives will change and improve. Our hearts and our behavior will become more Christlike. We will come to feel great joy in repenting daily."
Preach My Gospel, LDS Church, 2004 pages 62-63