Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What They Said Wednesday–Elder D. Todd Christofferson



Full Talk

Talk: D. Todd Christofferson - Quorum of the Twelve

  • Mormon thought it was important to include the story of Nehor in the Book of Mormon.
  • Korihor preached as Nehor did, that:
    • Every man conquered according to his strengths
    • Denied sin and anything such
    • Whatever anyone feels is right is right
    • God will only beat us with a few stripes and then let us return to Him
  • Repentance is the condition, and the Grace of Christ is the power by which we can return to our Father in Heaven.
  • The prophetic call should be received with joy.
  • Pretending there is no sin, does not lessen it’s pain.
  • Repentance is a divine gift. We should have a smile on our faces when we speak of it.
  • Repentance: it points us to freedom and confidence and peace.
    • The gift of repentance is a cause for true celebration
  • We know that justification, or forgiveness of sin, through Jesus Chris is just and true.
  • 5 aspects of this fundamental gospel principle
    • 1. Invitation to repent is an expression of love.
      • The Savior invites us to repent so we may become like He is and have the eternal life that He has
    • 2. Repentance means striving to change
      • It is a mockery for us to think that Christ should transform us into angelic beings without our effort and faith = repentance.
      • We seek his grace to complement and reward our most diligent efforts.
      • There is something holy in such striving
      • He that cannot abide a celestial law, could not abide in a Celestial Glory.
    • 3. Not just abandon sin but COMMITTING to obedience.
      • Turn to the lord with all your mind might and strength
      • Baptismal covenant = our covenant of obedience to Him
      • He showeth unto the children that he humble himself unto the father and keepeth the commandments.
      • Repentance is incomplete without this baptismal covenant.
      • The choice to repent is the choice to burn bridges in every direction, having determined to follow only the one way to return to Him
    • 4. Repentance requires a seriousness of purpose and a willingness to persevere, even through pain.
      • True repentance is not superficial.
      • if you repent, you confess and forsake
      • not a “check off the boxes” approach, with numbered steps
        • much more than a casual “I admit it! I’m sorry!”
        • Deep agonizing recognition with sorrow.
        • Bitter tears and deep regret
      • Through the love and Atonement of our Savior, deep despair turns into hope.
      • Resolve to abandon and forsake the sin forms in that NEW heart.
      • the once appealing sin becomes abhorrent
      • my soul is filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain (Alma)
      • The Savior spoke little about what he endured except for this one scripture:
        • “I have suffered these things for all that they might not have to suffer if they repent” (D&C 19:16-19)
    • 5. Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness
      • April 1847 Brigham Young lead Pioneers out of Winter quarters at the same time as the Donner party escaped the mountains
        • Spent winter
        • Starvation
      • John Breen... Describes camp near Johnston Ranch as blue and beautiful.
        • Pres. Packer - How can he forget all the struggles and suffering
        • Same as a person who truly repents. He who repents the same is forgiven, and I the Lord remember them no more
  • The suffering, death of our Lord bring to pass the condition of repentance.
  • I invite all to repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. In accepting this invitation, you will find joy, both now and forever.