Sunday, 25 September 2011

Spencer W. Kimball: Model of Forgiveness

Presdient Kimball wrote a book called The Miracle of Forgiveness. In it he taught some very simple steps for us to follow in order to fully repent of our sins:

  • 1. We must awake to the fact that we have committed sins. Read 2 Corinthians 7:9–10.
  • 2. We must abandon sin. Read James 4:7.
  • 3. We must confess our sins: (1) to persons we have offended, (2) to the Lord himself, and (3) to the Lord’s authorized representatives if the sins are of a serious nature. (See Doctrine and Covenants 58:43: “By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.”)
  • 4. We must make restitution where we can. (See Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 194: “The repentant sinner is required to make restitution insofar as it is possible.”)
  • 5. We must thenceforth keep the commandments of God. (See Doctrine and Covenants 1:32: “Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven.”)

  • To prepare for the lesson on this:
    As you listen to conference next week listen out for what is said on the topic of repentance!

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