'Hope is indeed great incentive to repentance'

"The purging out of sin would be impossible but for the total repentance of the individual and the kind mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ in His atoning sacrifice," wrote Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then of the Quorum of the Twelve, in The Miracle of Forgiveness. "Only by these means can man recover, be healed and washed and purged, and still be eligible for the glories of eternity. On the Savior's great role in this, Helaman reminded his sons of King Benjamin's comments:

" `There is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come, yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.' (Hel. 5:9.)"And, in recalling the words which Amulek spoke to Zeezrom, Helaman emphasized man's part in obtaining forgiveness - repenting from his sins:

" `He said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.

" `And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance. . . .' (Hel. 5:10-11.)

"Such scriptures breathe hope into the soul of the convinced sinner. Hope is indeed the great incentive to repentance, for without it no one would make the difficult, extended effort required especially when the sin is a major one."

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