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FORGIVENESS

1. Of all the blessings we can count, the greatest by far is the feeling of forgiveness that
comes as we partake of the sacrament. . . when we feel gratitude for what He has done for
us, we will feel His love for us and our love for Him.
President Henry B. Eyring, Gratitude on the Sabbath Day, Ensign, November 2016

2. When our faith in Jesus Christ leads us to qualify for the joy of His forgiveness, we feel a
desire to serve others for Him. King Benjamin taught that forgiveness is not accomplished
in a single moment. . . we must continue in our service to Him to retain forgiveness.
President Henry B. Eyring, Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good, General
Womens Session, April 2016 General Conference.

3. Of course, there can be times when one spouse falls short and the other is wounded and
feels pain. When that happens, the one who is wronged should balance current
disappointments against the good of the past and the brighter prospects of the future.
Dont treasure up past wrongs, reprocessing them again and again. In a marriage
relationship, festering is destructive; forgiving is divine. Plead for the guidance of the
Spirit of the Lord to forgive wrongs, to overcome faults, and to strengthen relationships. . .
please join hands, kneel together, and prayerfully plead for help and the healing power of
the Atonement. Your humble and united pleadings will bring you closer to the Lord and to
each other and will help you in the hard climb back to marital harmony.
Dallin H. Oaks, Divorce, April 2007 General Conference, Sunday morning session.

4. Jesus Christ knows about fierce struggles and trials. He gave His life for us. His final hours
were brutal, beyond anything we can even comprehend, but His sacrifice for each one of
us was the ultimate expression of His pure love. No mistake, sin, or choice will change
Gods love for us. That does not mean sinful conduct is condoned, nor does it remove our
obligation to repent when sins are committed. But do not forget, Heavenly Father knows
and loves each of you, and He is always ready to help.
Ronald A. Rasband, Lest Thou Forget, October 2017 General Conference, Sunday
afternoon session.

5. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It
applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what
infinite meanstotal, complete, all, forever. President Boyd K. Packer has taught: There is
no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted
from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ.
Just as the landfill requires dedicated work and attention, laboriously applying layer after
layer of fill to reclaim the low-lying ground, our lives also require the same vigilance,
continually applying layer after layer of the healing gift of repentance. . . When we
gratefully accept, and use this precious gift, we can enjoy the beauty and usefulness of
our lives that God has reclaimed through His infinite love and the Atonement of His Son
and our brother, Jesus Christ.
Shayne M. Bowen, The Atonement Can Clean, Reclaim, and Sanctify Our Lives, October
2006 General Conference, Saturday afternoon session.

6. When we sin, we turn away from God. When we repent, we turn back toward God. The
invitation to repent is rarely a voice of chastisement but rather a loving appeal to turn
around and to re-turn toward God. It is the beckoning of a loving Father and His Only
Begotten Son to be more than we are, to reach up to a higher way of life, to change, and
to feel the happiness of keeping the commandments. Being disciples of Christ, we rejoice
in the blessing of repenting and the joy of being forgiven. They become part of us, shaping
the way we think and feel.
Neil L. Andersen, Repent That I May Heal You, October 2009 General Conference,
Saturday afternoon session.

7. Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness.


D. Todd Christofferson, The Divine Gift of Repentance, October 2011 General
Conference, Saturday afternoon session.

8. Perhaps as much as praying for mercy, we should pray for time and opportunity to work
and strive and overcome. Surely the Lord smiles upon one who desires to come to
judgment worthily, who resolutely labors day by day to replace weakness with strength.
Real repentance, real change may require repeated attempts, but there is something
refining and holy in such striving. Divine forgiveness and healing flow quite naturally to
such a soul, for indeed virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; [and] mercy hath
compassion on mercy and claimeth her own (D&C 88:40).
D. Todd Christofferson, The Divine Gift of Repentance, October 2011 General
Conference, Saturday afternoon session.

9. Real repentance must involve faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, faith that He can change us,
faith that He can forgive us, and faith that He will help us avoid more mistakes. This kind
of faith makes His Atonement effective in our lives. When we perceive afterwards and
turn around with the Saviors help, we can feel hope in His promises and the joy of
forgiveness. Without the Redeemer, the inherent hope and joy evaporate, and repentance
becomes simply miserable behavior modification. But by exercising faith in Him, we
become converted to His ability and willingness to forgive sin.
Dale G. Renlund, Repentance: A Joyful Choice, October 2016 General Conference,
Sunday afternoon session.

10.Forgiveness for our sins comes with conditions. We must repent, and we must be willing
to forgive others. . . When the Lord requires that we forgive all men, that includes forgiving
ourselves. Sometimes, of all the people in the world, the one who is the hardest to forgive
as well as perhaps the one who is most in need of our forgivenessis the person looking
back at us in the mirror.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Merciful Obtain Mercy, April 2012 General Conference, Sunday
morning session.

11.We must recognize that we are all imperfectthat we are beggars before God. Havent
we all, at one time or another, meekly approached the mercy seat and pleaded for grace?
Havent we wished with all the energy of our souls for mercyto be forgiven for the
mistakes we have made and the sins we have committed? Because we all depend on the
mercy of God, how can we deny to others any measure of the grace we so desperately
desire for ourselves? My beloved brothers and sisters, should we not forgive as we wish to
be forgiven? . . . Forgiving ourselves and others is not easy. In fact, for most of us it
requires a major change in our attitude and way of thinkingeven a change of heart. But
there is good news. This mighty change of heart is exactly what the gospel of Jesus Christ
is designed to bring into our lives. . . The pure love of Christ can remove the scales of
resentment and wrath from our eyes, allowing us to see others the way our Heavenly
Father sees us: as flawed and imperfect mortals who have potential and worth far beyond
our capacity to imagine. Because God loves us so much, we too must love and forgive
each other.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Merciful Obtain Mercy, April 2012 General Conference, Sunday
morning session.