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:
- “8. He removes our sins if we keep his commandments” (Uniform System for Teaching Investigators, 1961, p. 55).
- “10. We repent by no longer sinning” (Uniform System for Teaching Investigators, 1961, p. 55).
- “What must we do to become ‘a saint’? (Repent so that the atonement of Christ will apply to us; become as a child of God)” (Achieving Individual Spirituality – Sunday School Course 17, 1984, p. 11).
- “To make our repentance complete we must keep the commandments of the Lord” (Gospel Principles, 1997, p. 125).
- “As we repent, the atonement of Jesus becomes fully effective in our lives, and the Lord forgives our sins” (Gospel Principles, 1997, p. 126).
- “Forsaketh (v.1) – Repents of, gives up and never does again” (Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Student Guide, 2001, p. 106. Referring to D&C 93)
- “Our Father in heaven does not sin, and He does not allow people who sin to live with Him. To live with Him, we must repent of our sins. To repent means to feel sorry for our sins and stop doing them” (Gospel Fundamentals, 2002, p. 67).
- “What do we have to do to show we have truly repented? (Confess our sins and forsake them)” (Preparing for Exaltation, p. 68).
For additional articles, see:
- Aren’t All Mormons Procrastinating their Repentance?
- The Careful Finagling of Repentance
- Conflicting Views of Repentance
- The LDS Repentance Quiz
- The LDS Repentance Quiz tract
- For a podcast on repentance, click here.
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