Pres Ezra Taft Bensen: “Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering. Our sins caused Him to bleed at every pore. This very real mental and spiritual anguish is what the scriptures refer to as having ‘a broken heart and a contrite spirit.’
Elder Richard G. Scott: “The painful consequences of sin were purposely put in His plan of happiness by a compassionate Father in Heaven so that you need not follow that tragic path in life. A sinner will not only suffer in this life, but sins that have not been forgiven through true repentance will cause anguish beyond the veil.“
Pres Spencer W. Kimball: Re Alma 36:17-21- “In Alma’s account the sensitive reader can in a measure identify with him, feel his pains, experience his great sense of horror a the recognition of the depth of his sin. The reader can then share also in the great relief which Alma was to find. How did he gain this relief? In the same way every transgressor does–by partaking of the miracle of forgiveness through genuine repentance and by casting himself wholly on the mercies of Jesus Christ.”
“‘…And never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.'”
Pres Ezra Taft Benson: “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…changes of behavior, even if in a positive direction, do not constitute true repentance…Repentance involves not just a change of actions, but a change of heart.”
“When we have undergone this mighty change, which is brought about only through faith in Jesus Christ and through the operation of the Spirit upon us, it is as though we have become a new person. Thus, the change is likened to a new birth….You have no more disposition to return to your old ways. You are, in reality, a new person. This is what is meant by a ‘change of heart.'”
There are a couple 2 or 3 critical and eternal concepts spoken above by Prophets, that we MUST account for in our Spiritual lives, our spiritual paths, our spiritual goals and our spiritual nutrition.
I feel strongly that each of us has arrived (some of us slower than others 🙂 ) on this path…the truly straight and narrow path…the one that we are PROMISED not to step away from if we will hold to the scriptures (iron rod) daily. If we slacken, if we fail, if we become lax in this, we risk “wandering off into unknown paths” and being lost in the fog that each of us, in one degree or another in this life, HAS experienced.
But more than this, it is not so much about WHAT we do each day – as in a scorecard of righteous living…but more critically, it is about WHO you are becoming each day. The more you inch toward becoming like Him – then your actions, your words and most importantly, your thoughts (which dictate words and actions) will evolve and become more righteous in their focus each day. We must each ask ourselves, am I distracted by things in life, OR am i truly, daily focused and desirous of drawing nearer to Him through scriptures, prayer and service which will result in my becoming more like him, less distracted, less tempted and a “more profitable servant” to Him.
Lastly is the statement by Richard G. Scott – basically, make CERTAIN in your attitude and repentance that you do not stop short of seeking forgiveness for ALL sins, daily.
I do not wish to become a stuffy church member, or goody two shoes, or a religious “fanatic” – but these things are serious and must be or become a focused part of who you are, deep inside, your being, your essence – then let your natural amazing personalities coat that core to create the eternal being your Heavenly Father knows you to be. Have fun. Enjoy success. Enjoy wholesome activities, good friends, laughter, good music, uplifting movies or TV. Be charitable, seek out those with “feeble knees” that you can assist and lift each day. Be the loving child of God you already are. Feel the noble and divine birthright within you, and let that light shine as you engage in daily life.