To start to immediately heal from the wounds we’ve sustained in life, we must find and USE a tool that works to dislodge, absorb and convert mistakes, wounds, and fears into blessings and power. I hope we can all agree that the best tool is the one rooted in the atonement of Jesus Christ. It’s only through His sacrifice that we have access to His power to become whole again and then go on to receiving God’s companionship, eventually becoming like Him — child gods to the Great God our Father.
Everyone has been wounded in this life. Everyone has sustained disappointment and discouragement, abandonment, and rejection to a degree that leaves marks on their soul. The level to which we’ve been wounded, sinned and made mistakes is the degree to which we can receive the Savior. Thus wounds, sins, and mistakes aren’t a bad thing; they’re just a way to receive more grace — more help, more light and more power from the Savior.
I don’t mean to suggest that sinning is good. It’s not, but it IS inevitable and can be very valuable. No one gets the privilege of coming into this world without sinning, being wounded or wounding others, except Christ and He was wounded more than all others. Because of this we can receive the greatest gift and tool for healing — the atonement. To do this we must know how to quickly access the atonement with total confidence.
The process of R&R may look simple, and many have judged it to be of little worth, but it’s not. I have used this tool to receive full healing, to know the Lord and see God in all things. It has healed everything from childhood sexual abuse, addictions and broken marriages to simple mistakes of misunderstanding. It’s the greatest tool on the earth because it is Christ Himself whom we receive when we apply this simple pattern of healing and growth. We trade our broken perceptions with TRUTH. Through R&R we can choose to receive His DNA and His pattern of wholeness into our body and Spirit. To be washed in the blood of the atonement and take upon us His power instead of our own. That’s the power of the ordinance of repentance and baptism we’ve made. Again I repeat, it’s not enough to make promises and then not understand or act on them. They just become a hinderance to growth and healing instead of a power. We must DO them, and then we’re empowered in the atonement.
To overcome the wounding of this world we must receive the Atoning blood of Jesus Christ AND the ‘vision’ of how things look from the perfect perspective of God, who sees all things as they truly are. We must know TRUTH. Then His healing power changes us. This is what we’re going to achieve if we DO as God has asked us to DO, by continually becoming clean through the gifts of the lower law which include faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and obedience.
We can start now to feel the difference between seeing as God see’s and start our own personal healing or we can wait until we go through the trauma that will require us to change. It’s our call, but please don’t read this blog and think that it sounds true, and start to share the information in it without ‘doing’ what it suggests. We must apply our knowledge and do what we learn or we will lose what we have learned and more. If we start to do the things commanded by God, we begin to receive healing and the perspective of the Lord.
We can’t receive more if we don’t DO what we know. Let’s start now to DO what we have already covenanted to do in our baptismal covenant. Keeping our baptismal covenant isn’t just about going to church and taking the sacrament or giving service. That’s a false notion that makes our progress in spiritual things stagnant. We must do what we’ve been commanded to do. We’ve been taught enough to DO and receive all that He has, so why don’t we have it yet? In OUR side of the baptismal covenant, believing is the first thing we’re to do, repentance is the second, and finally obedience, (which includes repentance — because we’re commanded to repent). We are to be clean before we’re baptized but then we forget to continue to do it from then on (unless we commit big sins), staying in a continual progression of becoming clean before the Lord. “Sin” is not the only purpose of repentance. Repentance in it’s most pure form is about changing and becoming like God. Repent means to change. When we take His name upon us we are covenanting to become like Him. We cannot do that alone. We must use the tool He has given us to change which is repentance. Repentance IS the pattern we use to change ourselves. It’s less about sin and more about change, but we have mistakenly made it all about sin. Because of this we are missing the atonement and our covenant to become like God through obedience to Him. He promises to perfect us as we obey and follow Him.
The BIGGEST thing that we must to do to keep the commandment of baptism and to keep God’s commandments in general is to repent — because we don’t always keep His commandments, which are to be prefect and become “at-one” with Him. Did you know that repentance is the ‘doing’ part of baptism?
When we’re baptized we promise to keep God’s commandments and become like Him (take upon us His name), but we will not be able to do that perfectly (as we promised) because we’re weak, flawed and imperfect. Because of our fallen nature all we can do is repent of these flaws over and over again and choose to be like Christ until we’ve been fully remade in His image. This is how God perfects us. Repentance is the most repeated commandment in the scriptures and the least heeded or understood. We think repentance is for the “bad guys”. Furthermore, we don’t understand our sins; we don’t know that NOT repenting is what keeps us from the Lord, and receiving more from Him.
Sins is in our thoughts that eventually become actions, and keep us from completely giving God our broken heart and contrite spirit. Our thoughts are what we need to change, but stay the same because we don’t even see the problem with them most of the time. This is because we are so caught up in our experiences, emotions, wounds, judgments and false beliefs.
Most people think that they’ve taken care of their sins. They think, “sure, I have a few small sins here and there, and yes, I should repent of all the things I do daily that aren’t good, but my sins are no more than anyone else’s and really I’ve done nothing horrible, like adultery or murder, so I’m fine.” Because our sins aren’t likely to be the kind we need to go to the Bishop about, we don’t think much of them.
Or maybe some of us do take a full daily inventory of our mistakes and sins we have DONE, repenting of them daily, and we think that’s enough, and that IS really good. But it’s not all I’m talking about here. While repenting of our actions is an important part of repentance, it’s not the only repentance God is speaking about in the scriptures or what we promise to do when we’re baptized. I’m talking about the parts of our sins we don’t quantify or see as sin. The beginning and biggest part of our sin are the thoughts and judgments behind our actions or words. God says He judges us as much on what we think and what’s in our hearts as on what we do. If we’ve cultivated hard feelings and thoughts that make our hearts dark, even though our actions are acceptable, we’re still in grievous sin.
Jacob told his people that they were beginning to LABOR IN SIN because of their thoughts. He said that before this time the people had been “obedient unto the word of the Lord, which I have given unto you. But behold, harken ye unto me, and know that by the help of the all-powerful Creator of heaven and earth I can tell you concerning your thoughts, how that ye are beginning to labor in sin, which sin appeareth very abominable unto me, yea, and abominable unto God. Yea, it grieveth my soul and causeth me to shrink with shame before the presence of my Maker, that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts.”(Jacob 2:4-6) Jacob, didn’t tell them that they were doing what the Spirit had told him they were considering yet. From his words they were just thinking about doing it! He chastised them for thinking about having many wives and concubines like David and Solomon, not doing it! Some may have actually committed the sin, but most had not; they had only thought about it.
Most of the time our thoughts are what keep us from entertaining angels, doing miracles, and having free access to the heavens, because faith is rooted in thought. If we think we cannot have these things, we can’t. Sin is anything that takes us away from God. If we think we’re not good enough, worthy enough, important enough, then those thoughts are full of darkness and must be changed. They are lies from Satan and remove us from the Truth. We can have anything through the Savior because He is worthy, good and important and He is our advocate. Our thoughts are what we must change if we want to be healed, heal others and become one with the Father and the Son. If we want this blessing, in this body, we must do the work in this life. The blessings are possible and even promised. When we DO we become and when we become we cannot be kept from the blessing because we ARE the blessing. Having DONE the law we become what the law creates. When we run a lot we can become a runner, when we cook a lot we can become a chef. When we repent of our messed up thinking and replace it with truth we become full of truth and light.
The first step is to see what we’re doing (thinking) that is keeping us from God and the Spirit. Next, we must learn to access the atonement quickly, and use our agency to change direction in order to face the Lord. This in turn provides a way for the Savior’s sacrifice to change us, completely remaking us into His people, and thus He becomes our God. It’s the two GREAT principles of atonement and agency combined. Without one or the other we’re unable to be changed; we just end up having a bit of relief for a moment, but no change happens. These two things must be completely present in order for us to be re-created in God’s image. When Christ healed anyone He also admonished them to “go and sin no more”. Their agency had to be quickened and educated also, even the power of God was not enough to KEEP them from returning back into their wounds and sins.
We combine the atonement and agency in a simple prayer that doesn’t take any great script, or special words. It doesn’t take someone else showing us what to do, or making us reliant on them. It doesn’t take any special skills or abilities. It takes us and the Lord, in a personal prayer, in which He will always be present and all we must do is speak and be willing to see what needs to change, and then say the words.
This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, laid out in the pattern He created, showing us where we can find the Lord in all we do. It’s simple and delicious because it’s about us and God working together; both doing their part. We acknowledge the mess we’ve made, repent, He cleans us up and we choose to follow Him. It’s about each of us coming to know our Father and His Son, because we go to them, and rely on them daily for life, receiving it more and more abundantly. Anyone can do it, and everyone who does do it, will receive the same cleansing for doing it. No one will be left behind when they come to the Father and DO the work He requires, which isn’t what we have thought it is. The work God requires of us is to access His grace and depend upon Him fully in the way He’s ordained. We do this through the works of grace — faith, repentance, and obedience, entering the way through baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. We don’t get to decide what is required to receive God’s blessings. It’s already been decided and it’s spelled out in scriptures. Sadly, we struggle to understand the doing part, so we haven’t done it, and therefore we’ve come under condemnationand lost the light we once carried. We’ve individually dwindled in the ability to receive great miracles and gifts of the spirit, once common among the saints, because we’ve forgotten how to DO the works required. “But wo unto him that has the law given, (repentance and baptism) yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!”
We’ve been given the commandment to repent, be baptized and become like Him by staking upon us His name. This is not negotiable once we’ve accepted it through the covenant of baptism. We can’t decide after the fact that we don’t want to do it, but still expect to get the blessings of being in God’s family.
In order to come out from under condemnation, we must begin to DO what we’ve forgotten. It’s not hard; it just takes a bit of effort. The commandment to repent is connected to baptism. With it we’re given the promises of being made clean and entering into the straight and narrow way. In order to qualify for baptism we repent of all our sins, an easy thing at the age of eight. We aren’t accountable for anything we did up to that time, but once we turn eight we still sin, and in fact we get better at it after than before we were baptized. This is a paradox because in order to choose to enter the path we must be baptized, but we will sin far more after baptism than before. Paradoxically, we need to be baptized to repent, but we’re to be clean before we’re baptized. When we’re baptized we promise to obey the commandments and then repent whenever we break those commandments — which we’re guaranteed will happen, we will sin!
Repentance is the greatest gift we have on the earth right now. It’s what makes change possible and accessible in a moment. We don’t have to wait for someone else to recognize they’ve done something wrong, or take responsibility for their sin against us to be able to take responsibility for our own sin and be healed. We only need to see what our responsibility is, and ask for forgiveness for the piece we hold that keeps us stuck in the dark. When we see the thinking behind our action and inaction is the problem, we can begin to change. Permanent change happens only through the atonement. If we repent of thinking the thoughts behind our behavior, we can stop the behavior before it starts. The process of change can be fast and relatively easy.
Repentance is for everyone, and should be done for everything that doesn’t look like or reflect God. For example, if we don’t act lovingly, we have thinking behind our behavior that’s causing us to believe we must protect ourselves, or that someone will have power over us if we love them unconditionally. We may think we have to be “safe” to be happy. These are lies. God will keep us safe, He is our shield and protection; He fights our battles. He will give us power to love and to become like Him, when we’re willing to love the way He loves, without fear or reservation. God doesn’t put up boundaries and stop people from hurting Him or disappointing Him. Are we not to be like Him in all things? Loving someone unconditionally doesn’t mean we allow them to hurt us, it means that we see and feel what God sees and feels and we understand what’s really happening instead of taking things personally. We chose not to believe and internalize the lies told to us. God sees more than just the moment, He understands each person, and can give us this understanding when we desire it. He’ll teach us how to love unconditionally. First we must see we have screwy thinking which stops us from being able to hear or feel His love. It will take time to see all the screwy things we think that stop us from knowing God, but if we don’t start now, how will we ever finish and come to Him fully, receiving his gift of charity?
This is the same for all our messed up thinking. At some point it must be changed if we want to be changed. Holding light is what makes us more like Christ. Where we hold darkness we cannot and will not hold light. We already have darkness there. We must remove the darkness and replace it with light and truth or change the darkness into light. Without truth we’re confused and unable to clearly make our way back to God. He holds more light than us all, and has done the work to be able to hold that light. We must do the same.
 Jacob 2:5, Mosiah 4:30, Mosiah 24:12
 D&C 38:22 “Wherefore, hear my voice and follow me, and you shall be a free people, and ye shall have no laws but my laws when I come, for I am your lawgiver, and what can stay my hand?”
D&C 130:20 “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” also D&C 82:10
 D&C 84: 54 “And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. and this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and dement the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written — that they may bring forth fruit meet for their fathers kingdom;”