by Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk
and Elder Lynn G. Robbins
Due to space and time, I am combining two talks in this post.
When I watched conference last April I thought one of the major themes was forgiveness. I was surprised when I received my Ensign and looked at the topic guide in the front of the issue and discovered it wasn’t as big of theme as I thought it was. In fact, only three talks were linked to the topic. Obviously, it was a personal message I needed to hear.
Forgiveness is a present. The word itself demonstrates that it is something given, not taken. It is not called fortakeness for a reason. It is something we must learn to freely give to others and to ourselves. It is not an easy lesson. At least, it hasn’t been for me (hence the reason I was instructed on it during conference by the Spirit). If we want peace we need to learn to give it just like we would a present. Give it and let it go.
The good news is, as we are giving forgiveness we are also being given it by the One whose opinion matters the most. No matter how many mistakes we make – and we are probably going to make a lot of them – we are offered forgiveness if we make repentance a daily act.
We can think of it as a cycle because I’m not sure it has an end or beginning. We learn to forgive and also learn to be forgiven.
Perhaps forgive is one of the most powerful words we have.