REPENTANCE

According to Mormonism, all the blessings of God, including forgiveness of sins and happiness on this earth, are dependent upon a person’s obedience. Jesus Christ has done His part to provide a way to receive God’s blessings, now it up to Mormons to do their part. These actions are referred to as repentance which is considered one of the first principles of the LDS gospel.

“Jesus Christ suffered the penalty for your sins so you can be forgiven if you sincerely repent. As you repent and rely on His saving grace, you will be cleansed from sin.” (True to the Faith, p. 132)

For Mormons, repentance is a painful and continuous process, but by being valiant in their attempts, they can receive forgiveness, joy, and peace. This process includes:

a) Exercising faith
God is always ready to help Mormons triumph over sin if they sincerely pray and follow His terms.

b) Sorrow for sin
Striving to obey the gospel will lead to “godly sorrow” which is a “sincere desire for change and a willingness to submit to every requirement for forgiveness.” (True to the Faith, p. 134)

c) Confession
It is a willingness to disclose all sins fully to God and to His representatives in the Church.

d) Abandonment of Sin
“Maintain an unyielding, permanent resolve that you will never repeat the transgression.” (True to the Faith, p. 135) If Mormons repeat a sin, this means that their process of repentance is not complete.

e) Restitution
It is a willingness to restore any damage that was caused by sinful words or actions.

f) Righteous Living
This phrase means to engage in activities that bring power and blessing in a Mormon’s life. “Full obedience brings the complete power of the gospel into your life, including increased strength to overcome your weaknesses.” (True to the Faith, p. 135) These activities include, but are not limited to, going to church, paying tithes, serving others and the church, and forgiving others.

Biblical Christianity teaches:
Repentance is a turn or change of mind, trusting in Jesus rather than our self to receive God’s acceptance. This is based on the realization that our human nature is inherently corrupt and in need of a rescue. Receiving the full forgiveness of sins is not a process, since faith in Christ instantly receives salvation and the status of a full pardon from the penalty of sin. The mark of a person’s faith includes daily repentance, renewing our trust in what Christ has already done for us.