Repentance and Forgiveness
February 2019

“Repentance and Forgiveness,” New Era, Feb. 2019, 45.

Doctrinal Mastery

Repentance and Forgiveness

Doctrinal Mastery

He who has repented

All people have sinned (see Romans 3:23). Repentance is a gift made possible through Jesus Christ’s Atonement and is part of Heavenly Father’s plan for all of His children who are accountable for their choices.

Is forgiven

“As often as my people repent will I forgive them their trespasses against me” (Mosiah 26:30). True repentance brings God’s forgiveness. Some of the blessings of forgiveness are:

  • Peace.

  • Joy.

  • Freedom.

  • Relief.

  • Healing.

  • The Holy Ghost’s companionship.

(See Romans 6:16–18; Mosiah 4:3; Alma 36:17–21; Doctrine and Covenants 1:33.)

To be forgiven, we must have:

  • Sincerity.

  • Humility.

  • A firm resolve to obey the commandments.

(See Mosiah 4:10; Doctrine and Covenants 84:21.)

I, the Lord, remember them no more

Our sins can be forgiven, and God will remember them no more (see Jeremiah 31:34). This means we can move forward in obedience.


And forsake

To forsake sin means to turn from it and never go back to it. Completely forsaking sins can take time and patience. Just because you’re still tempted and sin again doesn’t mean you should give up. The Lord will help you if you sincerely repent.