Sin

“If we fail to forgive ourselves when God has done so, we make ourselves a higher judge than Him.”

CS Lewis

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“The experience of sin is not an unalterable state we inhabit; it is a felt disharmony. The unhappiness of sin is nothing more than our spirit rebelling against a condition alien to its true nature. We have fallen out of alignment with God. The separation from God is not punishment inflicted by God, but the consequence of an existential reality of our own making.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  The God Who Weeps

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“The pain associated with sin is the natural consequence of our choices; it is not God’s retribution upon the wicked.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  The God Who Weeps

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“When we pray, we are not conveying any information to God that he does not already have. Nor, when we confess our sins before him, is it news to him that we have misbehaved. More than we realize, being honest with God in our prayers helps us to be more honest with ourselves.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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“Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them with tenderness.”

Harold B. Lee

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“Fear which ‘shall come upon every man’ D&C 63:33 is the natural consequence of a sense of weakness, also of sin. Fear is a chief weapon of Satan in making mankind unhappy. He who fears loses strength for the combat of life, for the fight against evil. Therefore, the power of evil ever seeks to engender fear in human hearts. In this day of sorrow, fear walks with humanity. It directs, measurably, the course of every battle. It remains as a gnawing poison in the heart of victors as of the vanquished.

John A. Widtsoe  |  "If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear"

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“Rationalizing is the bringing of ideals down to the level of one’s conduct. Repentance is the bringing of one’s conduct up to the level of his ideals.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  The Miracle of Forgiveness

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“God uses no magic wand to simply wave bad things into nonexistence. The sins that he remits, he remits by making them his own and suffering them. The pain and heartaches that he relieves, he relieves by suffering them himself. These things can be shared and absorbed, but they cannot be simply wished or waved away. They must be suffered.”

Stephen E. Robinson  |  Believing Christ: The Parable of the Bicycle and Other Good News

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“Grace is original. Grace is what comes first, and it is sin that then comes in response. Or creating is what comes first, and it is the fall that then comes in response. Sin at root, is a rejection of what God by way of creation, has given as a grace.”

Adam S. Miller  |  Future Mormon

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“If you are suffering the disheartening effects of transgression, please recognize that the only path to permanent relief from sadness is sincere repentance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.”

Richard G. Scott  |  A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit

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