The Missionaries Will Teach...
The second principle of the gospel is repentance. Repentance means
that through our faith in Jesus Christ, we change our thoughts, beliefs, and
behaviors so that they are in accordance with God's will. Repentance causes
us to feel godly sorrow for the things we do wrong, so that we stop doing
things that are wrong and do things that are right. This process of
repentance is one of the central purposes of our lives. The only way
to return and live with Heavenly Father is through the mercy of Jesus
Christ, and the only way to receive Christ's mercy is upon the condition of
In order to repent, we first feel remorse, or godly sorrow. We then
must confess our sins to God. We also confess very serious sins to
God's authorized Church leaders, who can help us repent. We ask God to
forgive us, and do everything we can to correct the problems that our sins
caused. Through repentance, the way we see the world changes, and we
realize that we are children of God and don't need to make the same mistakes
over and over and over. If our repentance is sincere, we turn away
from our sins and stop sinning. We resist desires to sin and our
desire to follow God becomes more and more strong.
When we sincerely repent, we feel God's forgiveness and feel peace in
life. We no longer feel guilt and sorrow. We feel the spirit of God more deeply. And after this life, we'll be more prepared to
live with Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ.
Even after accepting Jesus and repenting, we'll probably fall short and
sin again. We need to continually try to stop sinning and strive to
always improve and develop Christlike qualities. As we learn more
about how Christ wants us to live, we'll demonstrate our love of him by
obeying. As we repent daily, our lives change and improve.
Our hearts and behaviors become more like Christ's, and we will come to feel
great joy in repenting daily.
Some Additional Thoughts...
Mormon Ethics. This raises an interesting
question; if God commanded you to do something that was unethical, would it
be sinful to disobey?
Mormon Guilt. How much guilt should we feel?
Mormon Confession. Confess to God or to you bishop?