January 30, 2022 - Repent

Those who truly repent forsake the world; they flee unto Christ; they assemble with the saints and worship the Father in spirit and in truth. They die as to carnal and evil things and become alive in Christ, choosing thereby to walk in a newness of life. They repent of their evil deeds and of their false doctrines. A truly repentant person believes the gospel, rejects all heretical views, and goes forward along the course leading to eternal life. Repentance, thus, is not an isolated principle, standing alone by itself; it is part and portion of the plan of salvation, and it is interwoven with the whole gospel scheme of things.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, "A New Witness for the Articles of Faith"

Many times, I have the mindset that repentance is a series of isolated events throughout my life. For instance, I mess up doing one thing and I repent. That is one event. Then I do something else and I repent. That's another event. Sometimes I mess up doing the same thing but on a different day. That, again, is a separate event....in my mind.

The more I understand repentance, I'm beginning to realize that's it's not a series of isolated events involving a single mess up for each instance, but one continuous event that involves every instance. It's a process of becoming perfect and eternal, not a process of overcoming one mortal aspect.

Repentance is an eternal law. Meaning, this process will continue long after this mortal probation here on earth.

When I hear "those who truly repent", I tend to think of repentance as a one-and-done event, like being baptized by immersion. But to "repent" is an attitude, not a single choice to be made. Therefore, those that truly repent, are those that are following Christ despite mortal flaws. They are in this world, but not of this world.

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