In 2 Nephi 2:6-7, Jacob teaches that "Redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for He is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered."
Since an indispensable element of our salvation consists in our having a "broken heart and a contrite spirit," it is probably pretty important for us to understand the meaning of this phrase. What exactly does the word "contrite" mean?
The Hebrew word for contrite means to be crushed, or sometimes to be thoroughly crushed; to be dejected; broken; beaten to pieces, or broken into pieces; to be bruised; to be humbled.