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Repentance Quotes.Various - REPEN TAN CE Let me impress...

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Unformatted text preview: REPEN TAN CE Let me impress upon yea that one never can hold quite the same relation to a law of God which he has transgressed, as if one has lived in conformity with its requirements. . . . He may and will be forgiven if he repents; the blood of Christ will make him free, and will wash him clean, though his sins be as scarlet; - but all this willr not return to him any loss sustained, nor place him on an equal foetng with his neighbor who has kept the cornmandments of a better law. Nor will it place him in a position Where he would have the perfection, the loving mercy, the kindness and forgiveness of the Lord God. (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 374.) . badly seared because of their curiosity about the forbidden. The more I see of life, the more I am convinced that we must impress you young people with the awfitlness of sin rather than content ourselves with merely teaching the way of repentance. (Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living, p. 88.) But now, please do not misunderstand the true meaning of the scriptures with respect to this matter. One may not wallow in the mire of filth and sin and conduct his life in a manner unlawful in the sight of God and then suppose that repentance will wipe out the effects of his sin and place him on the level he would have been on had he always lived a righteous and virtuous life. . . . The Lord extends loving mercy In providing an interpretation of the message of the parable of the prodigal son, President Spencer W. Kimball has written: and being with him always in exaltatton. On the other hand, the younger son could hope for no more than salvation as a servant, since he “despised his birthright,” and dissipated “all” of his inheritance, leaving nothing to develOp and accumulate toward eternal heirship again. He had sold it for a mess of portage as - did Esau, another prodigal. He had sold something he could never recover. He had exchanged the priceless inheritance of great lasting value for a temporary satisfaction of physical desire, the future for the present, eternity for time, spiritual blessings for physical meat. Though he was sorry for his rash trade, it was not so late, “everlastineg too late.” Apparently neither his efforts nor his tears could retrieve his lost blessings. Thus God will forgive the repentant sinner who sins against divine law, but that forgiveness can never restore the losses he sustained during the period of his sinning. (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of For- giveness, pp. 310-11.) ' utterly lost. The shepherd will find his sheep. They were his before they were yours—long before he entrusted them to your care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them. They have but strayed in ignorance from the Path of Right, and God is merciful to ignorance. Only the fullness of knowledge brings the fullness of accountability. Our Heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting Gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend. (Elder Orson F. Whitney, Conference Report, April 1929, p. 110.) I feel that [the Lord] will give that punishment which is the very least that Our transgression will justify. . . . I believe that when it comes to making the rewards for our good conduct, he will give the maximum that is possible to give. (President J. Reuben Clark, From “As Ye Sow . . .” Address at Brigham Young University, 3 May 1955.) 14 wTfififieeeeeeeweeeaeeweeneoweeneeeeoomnomaooeei THIS LIFE IS THE TIME TO REPENT Melvin J. Ballard A man may receive the priesthood and all its privileges and blessings, but until he learns to overcome the flesh, his temper, his tongue, his disposition to indulge in the things God has forbidden, he cannot come into the celestial kingdom of God—he must overcome eitherin this life or in the life to come. But this life is the time in which men are to repent. Do not let any of us imagine that we can go down to the grave not having overcome the corruptions of the flesh and then lose in the grave all our sins and evil tendencies. They will be with us. They will be with the spirit when separated from the body. It is my judgment that any man or woman can do more to conform to the laws of God in one year in. this life than they could in ten years when they are dead. The spirit only can repent and change, and then the battle has to go forward with the flesh afterwards. It is much easier to overcome and serve the Lord when both flesh and spirit are combined as one. This is the time when men are more pliable and susceptible. We will find when we are dead every desire, every feeling will be greatly intensified. When clay is pliable it is much easier to change than when it gets hard and sets. This life is the time to repent. That is why I presume it wiil take a thousand years after the first resurrection until the last group will be prepared to come forth. It will take them a thousand years to do what it would have taken, but three score and ten to accomplish in this life. You remember the vision of the redemption of the dead as given to the Church through the late President Joseph F. Smith. President Smith saw the spirits of the righteous dead before their resurrection and the language is the same as One of the Prophet Joseph’s revelations—that they, the righteous dead, looked upon the absence of their spirits from their bodies as a bondage. I grant you that the righteous dead will be at peace, but I tell you that when we go out of this life, leave this body, we will desire to do many things that we cannot do at all without the body. We will be seriously handicapped, and we will long for the body, we will pray for that early reunion with our bodies. We will know then what advantage it is to have a body. Then, every man and woman who is putting off until the next life the task of correcting and overcoming the weakness of the flesh are sentencing themselves to years of bondage, for no man or w0man will come forth in the resurrection until they have cempleted their work, until they have overcome, until they have done as much as they can do. This is why Jesus said in the resurrection there is neither marriage or giving in marriage, for all such contracts—agreements—will be provided for those who are worthy of it before men and women come forth in the resurrection, and those who are complying in this life with these conditions are shortening their sentences, for every one of us will have a matter of years in that spirit state to complete and finish our salvation. And some may attain, by reason of their righteousness in this life, the right to do post—graduate work, to be admitted into the celestial kingdom, but others will lose absolutely the right to that glory, all they can do will not avail after death to bring them into the celestial kingdom. The point I have in mind is that we are sentencing ourselves to long periods of bondage, separating our spirits from our bodies, or we are shortening that period, according to the way in which we overcome and master Ourselves. (“Three Degrees of Glory,” A Discourse Delivered in the Ogden Tabernacle, September 22, 1922.) 15 ...
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