White As Snow

Ok kids! Sorry it took me so long to get this next post out. Do you want to know why? Because I've moved! I'm in Nashville now!! And it is just wonderful. I haven't even been here a full day but I can see how great the work has been going here and I know there are so many miracles to come.

(No time for pictures on this post so I thought I'd find one of my new home!)

So back to the plot of the story here. Are you ready for the Gospel of Christ topic #2? It's repentance!
What is a definition of repentance you ask? It is a way to become clean from sin, or how we ask God to forgive us of the things that we do wrong. We all make mistakes. I probably make more than the average person. I know that repentance has been an immense blessing in my life and it has shaped me into the person that I am today.

There are a few steps that I want to cover:

1. Recognize that you've done something wrong.
(Because um, why would you try to change if you didn't think you had done anything wrong in the first place?)
2. Pray and Ask for forgiveness. (A really great scripture to read about this step can be found in D&C 58:43)
3. Make Restitution, or in other words, if you've offended someone, go apologize. If you've stolen something, pay for it. If it is a serious sin go to the Bishop and he can help you through the repentance process.
4. Don't Do It Again! What an important step of repentance! You've done this great work to try to give up a sin and become clean from it so do everything you can to never do it again! You may slip up, sometimes taht happens. But it is so important to show that commitment to God to promise to never make those same mistakes again.

I know that these steps seem simple and so basic. A quote from our manual Preach My Gospel says "repentance includes forming a fresh view of God, ourselves and the world. When we repent we feel godly sorrow, then we stop doing things that are wrong and we start doing things that are right." That pretty much sums up the basics of this entire post. In two sentances. What an idea, that we can form a fresh view of God and our entire lives just through giving up our sins through repentance.
Ah, it feels so good!

 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

3 sweet messages:

Katrina said...

One of my companions taught me the ABCs of repentence:
Acknowledge you did something wrong.
Be sorry.
Don't do it again.
Endure to the end. and
Forgive others.
I liked it. It sticks :p

Sister Elle McCall said...

I love that! I know there is a way to remember it that is 5 R's but I couldn't think of them.

Heidi said...

Well, that's what I was going to say....I think I learned it from Brownie-cakes.... I liked it so much I even wrote it in my scriptures.