Repentance in Mormonism

Repentance is one of the first principles believed by the Mormon Church. Article of Faith 1:4 reads: ""We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance…"1 Mormons do believe that faith leads to repentance and the need for repentance has always been necessary. In Ecclesiastes we are told that 'no one is without sin and that if we think we are, we are deceiving ourselves.'2 We each sin whether that be through ignorance, our weaknesses or willful disobedience.

It is believed that we each come to this earth to grow and progress and work towards returning to our Father in Heaven; it is a lifelong process for each of us. Because each of us sin, it makes us unworthy to dwell in the presence of God.

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ suffered the penalty for each of our sins so that we can each be forgiven if we truly repent. Since we are not perfect as the Savior was, we need help in returning to live with our Father in Heaven. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ (atone = reconcile or to restore to harmony), we can be prepared or reconciled to return to our Heavenly Father and able to dwell in His presence forever because we have been made perfect through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Repentance is a vital part in our returning to live with God. This life, as short as it may be, is believed by the Mormons, to be the time to prepare to meet God. Repentance is a daily process – we sin daily, thus we need to repent daily.

repentance mormonismThe Mormons believe that procrastinating repentance or rationalizing our sins is a grave mistake. In the Book of Mormon it states: "This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God…I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed."3 Meaning that if we don't repent than the time will come when it will be too late.

Repentance sometimes requires great courage, many prayers, living the commandments of God and repairing the wrongs we may have done to others.

1 "Book of Mormon", Articles of Faith 1:4

2 "Holy Bible", Ecclesiastes 7:20

3 "Book of Mormon", Alma 34:32-33