By Sharon Lindbloom 4 April 2017 At a blog site titled “Relationship Refinery,” Mormon blogger Kate wrote about her “Lifelong Wrestle with Mormonism.” In her article, Kate writes that there is one factor to which she attributes “any lasting peace or happiness” she has experienced. “that, unequivocally, has come from fully living my religion. And […]
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Chapter 5: Principles of True Repentance
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 76–88
Repentance: The process by which a member receives forgiveness. True repentance involves six steps, including confession and a successful abandonment of sins. According to a number of church manuals:
By Bill McKeever
Ninth LDS President David O. McKay, once wrote:
“The fallacy that Jesus has done all for us, and live as we may, if on our deathbed, we only believe, we shall be saved in his glorious presence, is most pernicious. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, has given us the means whereby man may obtain eternal happiness and peace in the kingdom of our Father, but man must work out his own salvation through obedience to the eternal principles and ordinances of the gospel. For centuries men have been blinded by the false teaching of ‘belief alone sufficient’; and today there is manifest on every hand the sorry plight into which this and other perverse doctrines have thrown the pseudo-Christian sects. The world is in sore need at the present time of the gospel of individual effort—the gospel of faith and works. He who will not grasp this means provided him, will sink beneath the waves of sin and falsehood” (Gospel Ideals, p.8).
As with all Mormon leaders, McKay insists that faith in Christ’s sacrifice was not sufficient to bring believers into His glorious presence. Individual effort, he claims, completes the formula. But how much effort must a Mormon expend? Can a Mormon hope to achieve exaltation by keeping some of the commandments or by failing to repent of all of his sins? Of this Mormon leaders have been very clear.
According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, repentance plays a major role in every member’s salvation. LDS scripture declares:
“Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven; And he that repents not, from him shall be taken even the light which he has received; for my Spirit shall not always strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:32-33).
The big question is, if the LDS Church is true, repentance should be something that can actually be achieved. Have you met the requirements of repentance as defined by the LDS Church?