How do you know that Heavenly Father has forgiven you?

“How do you know that Heavenly Father has forgiven you?” New Era, Aug. 2020, 44–45.

Questions & Answers

How do you know that Heavenly Father has forgiven you?

Emotions and feelings. Youth. Female

Feeling the Spirit

I know I’ve been forgiven whenever I am able to feel the Spirit. Especially as a missionary, it’s always important to have the Spirit in our lives. If we’re living righteously, we’ll always have the Spirit with us, and He’ll help us know our standing with God.

Elder Bakker, 23, Brazil Vitória Mission

Reassurance That Christ Is with Me

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ endured all of the pains and sins of the world so we could be forgiven of our sins and one day be worthy to enter the celestial kingdom. I feel forgiven when I feel a reassurance that Christ is with me and is touching me spiritually.

Alex H., 15, Idaho, USA

Love and Happiness

I love the gift of repentance because I often feel an overwhelming sense of guilt and heartache whenever I make a mistake. When I take the time to kneel down and ask my Heavenly Father for forgiveness with sincere intent, I am overcome with a strong feeling of love, peace, and happiness! I no longer feel alone, and that is how I know Heavenly Father has forgiven me.

Brynlee H., 17, Utah, USA

Peace in My Heart

Feeling peace in my heart is how I recognize I’ve been forgiven. I will always remember that I’ve done something wrong, but this helps me learn not to do it again. The Lord has made us a wonderful promise: “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42).

David E., 19, Chihuahua, Mexico