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ATONEMENT CAN CLEANSE SIN, ASSIST IN PERFECTION OF MAN

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Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved.

And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works. - Hel. 12:23-24

"The grace of the Lord through the Atonement can both cleanse us of sin and assist us in perfecting ourselves through our trials, sicknesses, and even `character defects,' " said Elder Gene R. Cook of the Seventy at the April 1993 general conference. "We are both sanctified and justified through the grace of the Lord. (See D&C 20:30-31.) Truly, `as a man his sins confess, Christ, in mercy, manifests.' (See Alma 24:10.) Remember, Christ can repair our flaws and failings that otherwise are not repairable. (See Gen. 18:14; Mark 9:23-24.)

"That great truth ought to fill us all with hope, as long as we are quick to remember that the effect of grace in our lives is conditioned upon repenting of our sins. . . .

"A repentant heart and good works are the very conditions required to have grace restored to us. When someone pleads fervently in prayer for an answer, the answer may be more conditioned on repentance from our own personal sins than any other factor." (See D&C 101:7-8; Mosiah 11:23-24.)