By chance, my daily Book of Mormon reading this morning was Alma 36. In it is the fatherly counsel Alma gave his oldest son and it included his account of the angel’s visit many years prior. Alma describes to his son the repentance process and the why of repenting. His experience, though expedited from the normal process, is a good study because it shows the arc from unrepentant soul to a heart in full contrition.
The thing to remember and what President Oaks brings out is repentance is not an event but rather an ongoing process. This is comforting when I get frustrated that I keep falling into the same errors. Don’t give up. Keep going. That is the purpose of this life after all.
by President Dallin H. Oaks