Elder K. Brett Nattress: ‘Have I Truly Been Forgiven?’

‘To those who have strayed from the covenant path, please know there is always hope’

Elder K. Brett Nattress, General Authority Seventy, spoke during the Saturday evening session of April 2023 general conference. He shared the story of a young man’s journey of repentance and forgiveness. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Nattress talk summary

A young man named Danny got involved with drugs and traveled down a path of addiction — “the light in his eyes had dimmed.” 

But one day in sacrament meeting, his younger brother shared his testimony prior to his mission.

“During the meeting, Danny felt something he had not felt for a long time. He felt the love of the Lord. He finally had hope.”

Danny asked, “Can I really be forgiven?” Reading in Alma 36, he learned the “promise of complete and perfect forgiveness is made to everyone — in and through the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

Danny changed his life, and another miracle occurred when he served an honorable mission. But when he got back, he asked, “Do you think I have truly been forgiven?” 

“I said: ‘Danny! Have you looked in the mirror? Have you seen your eyes? They are filled with light, and you are beaming with the Spirit of the Lord. Of course, you have been forgiven!’” 

Danny moved forward with faith, married in the temple, returned to school and continues to serve the Lord. 

“Danny wasn’t lost, and neither are we to the Lord. He stands at the door to lift us, to strengthen us and to forgive us.” 

Notable quotes

“I testify that our Heavenly Father always remembers us and that He loves us perfectly.”

“His promise is eternal: He will heal us.” 

“To those who have strayed from the covenant path, please know there is always hope, there is always healing, and there is always a way back.” 

See the full text of Elder Nattress’ talk: ‘Have I Truly Been Forgiven?’

Who is Elder Nattress?

Elder K. Brett Nattress, General Authority Seventy | Cody M Bell, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Elder Nattress was called as a General Authority Seventy on April 2, 2016. He currently serves as president of the Church’s Pacific Area.
  • He met his bride-to-be, Shawna, on a blind date when the two were seniors at neighboring high schools, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 24, 1987, after he returned from serving in the California Sacramento Mission. 
  • He has a college degree in physical therapy, and with his brother started Advanced Health Care Corp. in 2000.
  • With his wife he presided over the Arizona Gilbert Mission, and was also an Area Seventy, stake president and bishop.

What has Elder Nattress done recently?

Read more of Elder Nattress’ general conference addresses.

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