Repentance and Forgiveness

In any relationship between two people, there are going to be mistakes made. I believe this is the human condition and the purpose of this life, to fully understanding the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, its states that, “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

From Successful Marriages and Families, we learn of a quote by Elder Dallin that states: “The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to change. . . . Repenting means giving up all of our practices—personal, family, ethnic, and national—that are contrary to the commandments of God. The purpose of the gospel is to transform common creatures into celestial citizens, and that requires change.” He also said that the instruction to repent was the gospel’s “most frequent message.” (Walton, Hendricks, 2016 p. 202)

In addition to the importance that is repenting, forgiveness goes hand in hand with repentance. From the scriptures, we are reminded, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25–26)

On a personal level, I feel that I am constantly apologizing and asking for understanding from my husband and I am also constantly forgiving him. I adore him, but sometimes he drives me crazy. I think we are continually giving each other grace and that’s a good thing and always offering forgiveness if we hurt each other, even in small ways.

My grandmother gave us sage advice when we got married and that was to “never go to bed angry” and we haven’t yet. That takes these principles to be successful and it’s been working for us after 15 years together.


The Family: A Proclamation to the World. (n.d).

Walton, E., Hendricks, H. M. (2016). Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives. BYU Bookstore Publishing Services.


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