Here’s my memes, along with some great quotes, for Chapter 5: Principles of True Repentance from this year’s manual for Relief Society and Priesthood, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson. (Most wards will teach this lesson on March 8th; lessons from the manual are usually taught on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month.) Please feel free to use these for non-commercial, gospel sharing purposes!
“If it were not for the perfect, sinless life of the Savior, which He willingly laid down for us, there could be no remission of sins.
“Therefore, repentance means more than simply a reformation of behavior. Many men and women in the world demonstrate great willpower and self-discipline in overcoming bad habits and the weaknesses of the flesh. Yet at the same time they give no thought to the Master, sometimes even openly rejecting Him. Such changes of behavior, even if in a positive direction, do not constitute true repentance.”
“The fourth chapter of Alma describes a period in Nephite history when ‘the church began to fail in its progress.’ (Alma 4:10.) Alma met this challenge by resigning his seat as chief judge in government ‘and confined himself wholly to the high priesthood’ responsibility which was his. (Alma 4:20.)
“He bore down ‘in pure testimony’ against the people (Alma 4:19), and in the fifth chapter of Alma he asks over forty crucial questions. Speaking frankly to the members of the Church, he declared, ‘I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?’ (Alma 5:14.)
“He continued, ‘If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?’(Alma 5:26.)”
“The third important principle for us to understand if we would be true members of the Church is that repentance involves not just a change of actions, but a change of heart… Can human hearts be changed? Why, of course! It happens every day in the great missionary work of the Church. It is one of the most widespread of Christ’s modern miracles. If it hasn’t happened to you—it should.”
“One of Satan’s most effective strategies with those whom he has lured into sin is to whisper in their ears that they are not worthy to pray. He will tell you that Heavenly Father is so displeased with you that He will never hear your prayers. This is a lie, and he says it to deceive us. The power of sin is great. If we are to extricate ourselves from it, especially serious sin, we must have a power greater than ourselves.
“No one is more anxious to help you flee from sin than your Heavenly Father. Go to Him. Acknowledge your sin, confess your shame and your guilt, and then plead with Him for help. He has the power to help you triumph.”
“For those who pay the price required by true repentance, the promise is sure. You can be clean again. The despair can be lifted. The sweet peace of forgiveness will flow into your lives.”
Thanks for visiting my blog today! I know that a meme is a small and simple thing, but I believe “that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” (Alma 37:6)