“Conscience,” Topics and Questions (2023)

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All people are born with the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong. This ability, called conscience, is a manifestation of the Light of Christ.1 A person’s conscience is a defense against situations that are spiritually harmful.

Righteous decisions and obedience to the commandments bring peace of conscience.

When we sin, we feel remorse or guilt, just as we feel physical pain when we are wounded. This is the natural response of our conscience to sin, and it can lead us to repent.

Repentance and forgiveness renew our peace of conscience. On the other hand, if we ignore our conscience and do not repent, our conscience will be impaired as if it has been “seared with a hot iron.”2

We are to learn to follow our conscience. This is an important part of exercising agency. The more we follow our conscience, the stronger it will become. A sensitive conscience is a sign of a healthy spirit.

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