Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:
Preparing for Exaltation Teacher’s Manual
Is Repentance the Process Heavenly Father Has Given for “Erasing” Our Sins?” (Pages 62-67):
Note to the teacher: Heavenly Father has lovingly included repentance in the gospel plan and promised to receive all who forsake their sins and come to him with a broken heart and contrite spirit. Be sure to leave class members with hope and encouragement following this lesson. Repentance is necessary for everyone. It is a great blessing that allows us to be forgiven and cleansed of our sins so we can achieve exaltation.
Repentance Allows Us to Become Clean Again…
On the chalkboard write in large letters SINS.
Have you ever done something wrong and wished you had a giant eraser to undo your action? (This is a general question. Do not ask class members to name the actions they are thinking of.) Using the eraser labeled Repentance, erase the word SINS from the chalkboard. Make sure class members can see the label as you erase. Explain that repentance is the process Heavenly Father has given us for “erasing” our sins. Heavenly Father wants us to return to live with him after this life, but no unclean, or sinful, person can live with him (see Moses 6:57). Heavenly Father knows that everyone will make mistakes and commit sins while on the earth, so he has given us a way to become clean again after we have sinned. This is repentance. Explain that because Jesus Christ paid for all our sins with his suffering, when we repent we can be forgiven and can become clean again (see D&C 19:16)…
Repentance Requires Effort…
1. Recognize your sin and desire to change…
2. Confess your sin.
3. Forsake your sin. Why is it necessary to confess your sin? To whom should you confess? Explain that all sins must be confessed to the Lord. If we have sinned against another person (for example, if you lied to your mother), we should also confess to that person. Serious sins must also be confessed to the bishop or branch president. Confession shows that we are sincere about wanting to repent.
What does it mean to forsake your sin? Explain that to forsake means to give up. If we forsake a sin, we resolve never to do that wrong thing again. Why is forsaking your sin an important part of repentance?
4. Make restitution. Explain that to make restitution means to make right, as much as is possible, what we have done wrong…
5. Keep the commandments. Explain that the last step in repentance is striving to keep all the commandments of God (see D&C 1:32). Repentance is a process that we will have to use throughout our lives, but as we become more perfect in keeping the commandments, we will do less for which we need to repent…
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Will Forgive Us When We Repent.
Explain that repentance can be a long and difficult process. But the effort required to repent is more than repaid by the blessings we receive when we do repent…
Have a person read the following statement by Elder Spencer W. Kimball when he was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “What relief! What comfort! What joy! Those laden with transgressions and sorrows and sin may be forgiven and cleansed and purified if they will return to their Lord, learn of him, and keep his commandments” (The Miracle of Forgiveness , 368)…
Testify of the joy and gratitude you feel for the principle of repentance, which enables us to be forgiven of our sins. Express your gratitude for Christ’s Atonement, which makes repentance possible…
For the following object lesson, bring to class a clear bottle or bowl of water, a few drops of red food coloring, and a few drops of liquid bleach… Have class members read and mark Isaiah 1:18.
Why do you think the prophet Isaiah used the colors scarlet and crimson in describing sins? (The color red represents blood, which implies serious sin. Isaiah is saying that we can repent even if we have committed serious sins.) In contrast, why did he use the phrase white as snow to show God’s forgiveness? (To represent purity.) Through repentance we can become pure and clean again.)
Show the class the container of water. Explain that the clean, clear water represents a person free from sin. Add a few drops of red food coloring to the water. Have class members observe the coloring as it gradually discolors all the water. Explain that sin discolors our lives like the food coloring discolored the water.
Add a few drops of the liquid bleach to the container and gently stir or swirl until the water is clear again.
What gospel principles does the bleach represent? (Repentance and forgiveness.)
Explain that as the bleach makes the water clear again, sincere repentance enables us to be forgiven and become clean again after we have sinned.
Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:
There is only one way to be forgiven of a sin–through the life-shed blood of a perfect sacrifice: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
Amazingly, every single sin was paid for and forgiven at the cross, where Jesus shed His life’s blood as the perfect sacrifice. But if you don’t believe this, then you reject Christ’s most precious gift.
The Apostle Peter testified how a person receives forgiveness: “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43).
Believe it and receive it! Then, dedicate your life:
“Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5b-6)
To read more about where Christ won our forgiveness, go to this blog Post: “Why is the Cross the Symbol of Christianity?” written August 10, 2009; or, Click here: