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Elder Richard G. Scott

Quorum of the Twelve

God wants his children to enjoy the blessing of peace of conscience.

"A tranquil conscience invites freedom from anguish, sorrow, guilt, shame and self-condemnation. It provides a foundation for happiness. It is a condition of immense worth yet there are few on Earth that enjoy it."

Peace of conscience only comes from God through a righteous, obedient life.

The light of Christ gives life to all things. It prompts rational individuals to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong. It activates the conscience. Its influence can be weakened through transgression and addiction and restored through proper repentance.

Sin or transgression causes anguish of mind and heart from an offended conscience. Knowing that all, save Jesus Christ, would unintentionally or intentionally violate his laws, God provided repentance as means to correct the consequences of such acts.

"Of all the necessary steps to repentance, I testify that the most critically important is for you to have a conviction that forgiveness comes in and through Jesus Christ. It is essential to know that only on his terms can you be forgiven. You will be helped as you exercise faith in Christ. That means you trust him and his teachings."

Forgiveness is the fruit of repentance that opens the door to receive covenants and ordinances and to enjoy the resulting blessings. "When repentance is full and one has been cleansed, there comes a new vision of life and its glorious possibilities."