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Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand what it means to repent. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:
Invite a quorum member to come to class prepared to share a story from one of the talks suggested in this outline. You could also show a video of the speaker telling the story. What do the stories teach us about repentance? Write statements about repentance from the talks on slips of paper. Invite the young men to select a statement and share what they learnБfirst with a partner and then with the class. Give them time to reflect on changes they feel impressed to make because of what they have learned. Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about repentance (see БUnderstand Doctrine,Б page, or ). Ask one of the young men to hide an object while the other quorum members are watching. Ask another quorum member to try to find the object. What does this example teach about trying to hide sins from God? (see ). What scripture stories can the young men share that teach us that we cannot hide our sins from God? (see, for example, ; ; ).

They could also review one of the stories in Sister Linda S. ReevesБs talk Б. Б Invite the young men to discuss the following questions in small groups: What are some of the ways people try to hide their sins? What would you say to help someone understand that we cannot hide our sins? Invite a young man to hold up a picture of Alma and the sons of Mosiah (see, 77) and summarize the story of their repentance (see ). Ask the young men to individually read, identify principles of repentance in these verses, and then share in small groups what they learned. Invite the young men to think of and write down something they can do to apply the principles of repentance in their own lives. Invite each young man to study part of Б Б in For the Strength of Youth or selected portions of one of the talks suggested in this outline. Have the young men mark and share anything that stands out to them. Invite them to anonymously write down any questions they have about repentance. Invite the bishop to answer these questions and share how repentance is tied to priesthood power. Show the video Invite half of the quorum members to look for things they learn from this video about what it means to repent, and invite the other half to look for the role of the bishop in helping us repent.

Ask them to share what they learn. What would they say to friends who may be afraid to talk to the bishop about mistakes they have made? Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand what it means to repent? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine? Jesus linked repentance with salvation (Matthew 4:17; Luke 13:3; 17:3). In Acts 2:38, the term repentance includes the element of faith. Paul in Ephesus preached turning Бto God in repentanceБ and Бfaith in our Lord Jesus ChristБ (Acts 20:21). Repentance is an ingredient of faith. It is a change of mind that involves both a negative aspect (a turning from sin) and a positive one (a turning to God). On Mars Hill, Paul declared that God Бcommands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all men by raising Him from the deadБ (Acts 17:30-31 ESV).

Even the most mature Christian harbors unconscious sin (Proverbs 20:9; Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 1:8) and will be corrected by the Holy Spirit as hidden sin is brought to the surface. When Christians come to the realization that they have been committing serious sins, there are two reasons they should repent. The first is to express the genuineness of their faith. (A person who is unwilling to renounce continuing, conscious, serious sin may not be a genuine believer. ) The second reason is to maintain a close relationship with their Father in heaven. As Judge, God declared us pardoned and accepted into His family when we put our trust in Jesus. But as GodБs children, we can remain in close fellowship to Him only when we daily acknowledge our sins and ask His help in overcoming them. Jesus said that a person who has been bathed doesnБt need another bath; his only need is to have his feet washed. Jesus. rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciplesБ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, БLord, are You washing my feet?

Б Jesus answered and said to him, БWhat I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this. Б Peter said to Him, БYou shall never wash my feet! Б Jesus answered him, БIf I do not wash you, you have no part with Me. Б Simon Peter said to Him, БLord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head! Б Jesus said to him, БHe who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you. Б For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, БYou are not all cleanБ (John 13:3-11 NKJV). The bath of which Jesus spoke is that once-for-all, complete cleansing received at salvation. Foot washing symbolizes the family forgiveness maintained by daily repentance and confession. First John 1:9 declares, БIf we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousnessБ (NKJV). By practicing the words of this verse, we enjoy our relationship with our heavenly Father and we grow in likeness to Him. The daily cleansing we receive through repentance and confession will also make us less vulnerable to temptation and readier to do His will.

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