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    The Gift Of Repentance 
    By Thomas S. Monson

    "Our responsibility is to rise from mediocrity to competence, from failure to achievement," President Thomas S. Monson has taught. "Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy to try again, for no failure ever need be final."
    We often associate the advent of a new year with resolutions and goals. We resolve to improve, to change, to try again. Perhaps the most important way we can try again is by embracing what President Monson has called "the gift of repentance."
    In the following excerpts from his teachings since he became President of the Church, President Monson counsels us to "apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified."

    The Miracle of Forgiveness
    "We have all made incorrect choices. If we have not already corrected such choices, I assure you there is a way to do so. The process is called repentance. I plead with you to correct your mistakes. Our Saviour died to provide you and me that blessed gift. Although the path is not easy, the promise is real: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" [Isaiah 1:18]. "And I, the Lord, remember them no more" [D&C 58:42]. Don't put your eternal life at risk. If you have sinned, the sooner you begin to make your way back, the sooner you will find the sweet peace and joy that come with the miracle of forgiveness."

    Return to the Path
    "Although it is imperative that we choose wisely, there are times when we will make foolish choices. The gift of repentance, provided by our Saviour, enables us to correct our course settings, that we might return to the path which will lead us to that celestial glory we seek."

    The Way Back
    "If any of you have stumbled in his journey, I assure you that there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Although the path is difficult, your eternal salvation depends on it. What could be more worthy of your efforts? I plead with you to determine right here and now to take the steps necessary to fully repent. The sooner you do so, the sooner you will be able to experience the peace and the quietness and the assurance spoken of by Isaiah [Isaiah 1:18]."

    People Can Change
    "We need to bear in mind that people can change. They can put behind them bad habits. They can repent from transgressions. They can bear the priesthood worthily. And they can serve the Lord diligently."

    Become Clean Again
    "Should there be anything amiss in your life, there is open to you a way out. Cease any unrighteousness. Talk with your Bishop. Whatever the problem, it can be worked out through proper repentance. You can become clean once again."

    The Saviour's Essential Role
    "Essential to the plan of salvation is our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Without his atoning sacrifice, all would be lost. It is not enough, however, merely to believe in Him and His mission. We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve. We need to know God's laws and live them. We need to receive His saving ordinances. Only by so doing will we obtain true, eternal happiness."

    I share this in the memorial of the prophet President Thomas S. Monson.

    @Budgie2, this is more you can do to discover the Lord for yourself, hearkening to the words of the earth's prophet and exercising them. Today's prophet, Russel M. Nelson is the only man on Earth who possesses all the keys to the mysteries of God, by doing so, he can point us towards the kingdom of God and live in Celestial Glory. If we repent for our mistakes and sins God will forgive us and forget that we even made the mistake as if it never happened, just as Prophet Thomas S. Monson taught here.

    @dannymoore....Thankyou I
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    edited January 2018
    @DannyMoore me and my mum haven't been baptised we was booked in to our local Christian church  for November but the stress of pip got in the way it shouldn't have done but it did anyway we going to speak to our church and get it done soon ...we do strongly believe ...but I don't think I'm intelligent enough to understand the bible all them big words ...but mum prays and thanks him for everyday what she receives and although she lost her sons recently she never blamed him like most would ...and she says the lords prayer everyday I just wish my faith was has strong has yours .
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    @DannyMoore .yes they are after my brothers passed away my mum was in a very bad place ..the loss the memories and awful neighbours ...she held the bible  and prayed to God and jesus for a move to a better place to live ...whilst praying she felt a warmth on her head she said only could of come from the holy spirit ...two weeks later she got a lovely little house...She also went to Jerusalem some years ago too. THANKYOU.
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    Hello @Danny Moore Thank you for these words.  An important message.  Unfortunately my problem is forgiving those who have constantly hurt me and I have tried so many times to forgive.

    You say people do change but how can you change people who have no understanding.  Have no time to listen and even when I have prayed for them and still they are striking out.  Making my life a mess.

    I believe in a lot of what you say but some times I have to deal with negative situations that cause me misery and depression.

    I have this self doubt I discuss my past history and know if I went back into the fold and asked for forgiveness.  I would be laughed at and used again.  No one wants that do they.  Being deceived and lied to all the time.

    I shall never forget or even contemplate forgiveness for my family who have put me through some trauma.  I can try to move on but it is always hurting me.

    Thank you 
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