Principles of True Repentance

Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 5 goes over the reality of repentance. Everyone has the opportunity to become clean again but it takes work to get there. One of my favorite points is when President Benson reminds us that 

It is so important to remember the best way to change our situation is to start with changing ourselves. That can be a whole lot of long, hard work but the end result is always worth it. The key to repentance is understanding that the gospel plan is a plan of happiness. God wants us to be happy but we can't be when we are making the wrong choices. We can't just change our behavior either. We have to repent to achieve that happiness. We have to actually change ourselves and know that the power to become clean again comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Often I think we give our children the wrong impression of repentance. It is not just saying "Sorry." Repentance is so much more. President Benson goes on to remind us that 

We can't give up hope. This is especially true for those that struggle with addictions. There is still a way; you can overcome it; don't give up. It may seem like a long road but it does end and there are people put in our path that can help us along the way, including a loving Heavenly Father. 

Questions to Ponder

  • To truly repent, we must first understand that "the gospel plan is the plan of happiness" and that wickedness "never will bring us happiness."  Why do you think this realization is essential in the repentance process?
  • Why is a change of behavior not enough to repent? 
  • Why do we need to look to Jesus Christ in order to truly repent?
  • How have you experienced a "mighty change of heart"? What can you do to help others experience this change?
  • How is "godly sorrow" different from the regret some people feel when they have done something wrong?
  • How might a parent or bishop use the teachings in section 4 to help someone who needs to repent? 
  • What teachings in section 5 do you find particularly comforting? Why?
  • What truths about the Atonement offer you hope?

Study Schedule


Read the Questions to Ponder then Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 5: Principles of True Repentance Then come on over to our Private Facebook Group and share your insights, questions, and more. 


Lord Works from Inside Out (about 1 minute)


"The Divine Gift of Repentance" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson


"Repentance, a Blessing of Membership" by Elder Richard G. Hinckley


"Finding Forgiveness" by Elder Richard G. Scott 


Reread Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 5: Principles of True Repentance What do you notice this time?

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