What can I do to feel better when I have sinned?
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“What can I do to feel better when I have sinned?” New Era, Nov. 2005, 37

“I went to an R-rated movie. It made me feel awful. What can I do to feel better?”

That awful feeling is there to motivate you to get the Spirit back into your life. When you sin, the Holy Spirit leaves you, but you can get His companionship back when you repent. Praying, reading the scriptures, and talking to your bishop and parents can also help bring the Spirit back into your life.

Part of repenting is forsaking your bad habit. That means avoiding inappropriate movies, no matter what the rating is. As you replace the bad things you do with good things, you will begin to feel better. (See Isa. 1:18 and For the Strength of Youth, 17, 19.)

E-mail your questions to newera@ldschurch.org. Please put “To the Point” in the subject line.

Photography by David Stoker, posed by models