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Sister Linda S. Reeves

When people repent, their sins "are truly gone — without a trace,” Sister Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency taught during the Sunday morning session of general conference.

Sharing the story of a man who was involved in moral transgressions, Sister Reeves told of the shame and worry he felt before deciding to approach his wife and priesthood leaders. He wanted to repent, but was afraid of putting his wife and children through the sorrow, shame or other consequences from his confession.

“When we have sinned, Satan often tries to convince us that the unselfish thing to do is to protect others from the devastation of the knowledge of our sins, including confessing to our bishop who can bless our lives through his priesthood keys as a common judge in Israel,” she said. “The truth, however, is that the unselfish and Christlike thing to do is to confess and repent. This is Heavenly Father’s great plan of redemption.”

It was through the Atonement and remorsefully confessing his sins to his faithful wife and Church leaders that the man was able to feel relief, peace, gratitude and a deep love for the Savior. He knew that the Lord was lifting his heavy burden and, no matter the outcome of his future, he began to experience joy beyond expression.

Through the atoning sacrifice of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and sincere repentance, every person is able to receive a remission of his or her sins, Sister Reeves said.

“Oh, how I want each of my children, grandchildren and each of you, my brothers and sisters, to feel the joy and closeness to Heavenly Father and to our Savior as we daily repent of our sins and weaknesses,” she said. “Each accountable child of Heavenly Father needs repentance. Consider what sins do we need to repent of? What is holding us back? In what ways do we need to improve? …

“To me, the greatest miracles in life are not the parting of the Red Sea, the moving of mountains, or even the healing of the body. The greatest miracle happens when we humbly approach our Father in Heaven in prayer; fervently plead to be forgiven, and then are cleansed of those sins through the atoning sacrifice of our Savior.”

mholman@desnews.com @marianne_holman

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