Repentance

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“In preparing this talk, I wanted to get a feeling for how our grandchildren understand repentance and how they feel about the Savior, so I asked our children to ask them the following questions. I was touched by our grandchildren’s responses.
 
“What is repentance? ‘When you hit someone, you can say ‘sorry’ and help them up.’
 
“How do you feel when you repent? ‘You can feel Him; you can feel His warmness, and the bad feeling goes away.’
 
“How do you feel about Jesus and Heavenly Father when you repent? ‘I feel that Jesus feels it was worth it to do the Atonement, and He’s happy that we can live with Him again.’
 
“Why do Jesus and Heavenly Father want me to repent? In the words of my teenage grandchild: ‘Because They love me! In order to progress and become like Them, I need to repent. I also want the Spirit to be with me, so I need to repent daily to have His wonderful companionship. I will never be able to thank Them enough.’ ”
 
Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Great Plan of Redemption,” October 2016 General Conference

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“Perhaps at no other time do we feel the divine love of the Savior as abundantly as we do when we repent and feel His loving arms outstretched to embrace us and assure us of His love and acceptance.”

Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants,” October 2013 General Conference

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“In our mortal condition, no one is perfect. Even in our most diligent efforts to live the gospel, all of us will make mistakes, and all of us will sin. What a comforting assurance it is to know that through our Savior’s redeeming sacrifice, we can be forgiven and made clean again. This process of true repentance and forgiveness strengthens our testimony and our resolve to obey the Lord’s commandments and live our life according to gospel standards.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
I Know It. I Live It. I Love It,” October 2012 General Conference

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“Let me reassure you that it is always possible for us to find our way back. Through repentance, made possible by the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can regain and recommit to a strong grip on the iron rod and feel the loving guidance of our Heavenly Father once again. The Savior has extended an open invitation to us: repent, hold on, and don’t let go.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Hold On,” October 2009 General Conference

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“Every day is a new opportunity to remember our Savior and follow His example. Without repenting, we cannot progress. That is why repentance is the second principle of the gospel.

“Instead of making excuses for a weakness, we work each day to develop good habits and Christlike qualities.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Remembering, Repenting, and Changing,” April 2007 General Conference

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“It is not possible to make real change all by ourselves. Our own willpower and our own good intentions are not enough. When we make mistakes or choose poorly, we must have the help of our Savior to get back on track. We partake of the sacrament week after week to show our faith in His power to change us. We confess our sins and promise to forsake them.

“When our best efforts are not quite enough, it is through His grace that we receive the strength to keep trying.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Remembering, Repenting, and Changing,” April 2007 General Conference

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“Sometimes people get casual about repenting. I have heard some people say that repenting is too hard. Others say they are tired of feeling guilty or have been offended by a leader who was helping them repent. Sometimes people give up when they have made mistakes and come to believe that there is no hope for them. Some people imagine that they will feel better about themselves if they just leave the restored gospel and go away.

“It is Satan who puts hopeless thoughts into the hearts of those who have made mistakes. The Lord Jesus Christ always gives us hope…The easiest, quickest path to happiness and peace is to repent and change as soon as we can.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Remembering, Repenting, and Changing,” April 2007 General Conference

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“That very will to go forward toward our Savior sometimes requires on-the-spot repentance. It’s recognizing we’ve made mistakes or haven’t done what we could to encourage or help someone. These personal course corrections in thought, action, or word are essential for all who desire to come unto Christ. They represent individual choices about how we will touch each other literally and figuratively.

“We draw closer to the Savior as we encircle others in loving arms. Or we don’t. We balm emotional or physical wounds. Or we don’t. We look at each other with a loving rather than a critical eye. Or we don’t. We ask forgiveness for harm we have caused, even if it was unintended. Or we don’t. We do the hard spiritual work of forgiving those who have given us offense. Or we don’t. We quickly correct our errors or oversights in personal relationships when we become aware of them. Or we don’t.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ,” October 2006 General Conference

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“Every time you worthily partake of the sacrament, you have the opportunity to begin again and do a little better. It is like burying the old, unworthy part of yourself and starting over with a new life.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us,” April 2003 General Conference

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“The Savior isn’t our last chance; He is our only chance. Our only chance to overcome self-doubt and catch a vision of who we may become. Our only chance to repent and have our sins washed clean. Our only chance to purify our hearts, subdue our weaknesses, and avoid the adversary. Our only chance to obtain redemption and exaltation. Our only chance to find peace and happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Our Only Chance,” April 1999 General Conference

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“Each of us has memories of spiritual feelings. Some of us remember spiritual feelings from our earliest childhood. Some of us may have memories of feelings when we first discovered the Lord’s true Church. Almost all have spiritual feelings connected with the love of mother, father, brothers, and sisters. We may remember feelings of love and belonging that have come while serving in the kingdom with our fellow Saints. We may remember feeling spiritually renewed on a Sabbath evening after attending church, studying the gospel together, and sharing testimonies. We may remember earnest feelings that have accompanied fervent prayer, the comfort of the Holy Ghost in times of trial or sadness. We may remember the sorrow and the joy of deep repentance—of feeling forgiven and cleansed. We may remember profound feelings of gratitude for the Savior’s atoning gift of love to us.

“Remembering our spiritual feelings draws us to our Heavenly Father and to His Son, Jesus Christ. It gives us a sense of our true identity.”

Susan L. Warner, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Remember How Thou Hast Received and Heard,” April 1996 General Conference

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“One widely recognized expert in helping troubled youth said that the young people who most readily and completely come back after losing their way are those who have a foundation of standards and spirituality to which they can return. They are strengthened by their spiritual memories, and for them, repentance feels like coming home.

“Children come into this world pure and open and eager to learn. It is our happy privilege and solemn responsibility to lovingly teach them plain and simple gospel truths, provide opportunities for them to feel the Spirit, and help them identify and recognize their own spiritual feelings.”

Susan L. Warner, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Remember How Thou Hast Received and Heard,” April 1996 General Conference

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“In this life, we do make mistakes, but through the process of repentance and the blessings of the Atonement, they can be resolved.

“Repentance means turning the heart and the will to God. It denotes a change of mind, a fresh view about God, about oneself, and about the world. It is a cleansing process. It is the way back. There is someone who does care and will help. You can choose to wallow in despair or to make the changes that will bring lasting happiness.”

Elaine L. Jack, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Identity of a Young Woman,” October 1989 General Conference

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“Repentance makes it possible to return to the straight and narrow path and become as pure as we were at baptism.

“We can all do what Christ asks us to do. He has a plan that will bring us happiness. As he whispers through the Spirit, he tells us how to follow his plan.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Keeping the Covenants We Make at Baptism,” October 1984 General Conference

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