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Four Inspiring Scriptures in the Book of Mormon about Forgiveness

By Mormon.org

Heavenly Father has a plan for every person on earth—a plan to help all of His children return to live with Him in the next life. To get back to God’s presence, though, you have to live a life worthy of such a great gift.

That creates a problem, since everyone has sinned and will continue to sin. As the Apostle Paul stated: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).” But the Atonement of Jesus Christ can help you overcome these mistakes. God promises this in the Book of Mormon. Read the following verses to learn more.

God Is Forgiving

“Yea, and as often as my people repent will I forgive them their trespasses against me” (Mosiah 26:30).

That scripture is just one of many that can remind you of God’s mercy. When you make the same mistake for what seems the hundredth time or when you have doubts about whether or not you can be forgiven for a particularly serious sin, this verse and others on forgiveness can bolster your faith in the Savior’s love and mercy and the power of His Atonement.

Nephi Forgives His Brothers

The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi gave an incredible example of forgiveness that remains a lesson to everyone. Nephi and his brothers were returning to their father in the wilderness after having journeyed to Jerusalem. Some of Nephi’s brothers wanted to stay in Jerusalem, and they rebelled against Nephi. They tied him up and plotted to leave him for dead in the wilderness. But Nephi burst the bands with the Lord’s strength. He said:

“And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done, and I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness. And it came to pass that they did so. And after they had done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey towards the tent of our father” (1 Nephi 7:21).

Here Nephi demonstrates the necessity of not only asking God for forgiveness of your sins, but also being willing to forgive others.

Through Jesus Christ We Can Be Forgiven of Our Sins

In writing about King Benjamin’s people, a community in the New World that had turned their hearts to God, the prophet Mormon said: “And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men” (Mosiah 4:2).

Jesus, under the direction of Heavenly Father, created this earth. He has the power to create worlds, and He has the power to cleanse you of your sins as well.

You Can Continually Ask for Forgiveness

“But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven” (Moroni 6:8).

No one except Jesus Christ has or ever will live a perfect life, which means you’ll make mistakes as long as you live. You’ll likely make the same mistake more than once.

One of the beautiful things about the Savior’s Atonement is the fact that it allows you to continually ask for forgiveness, so long as you actively seek it and do so with genuine sincerity.

The Book of Mormon contains countless invaluable passages of scripture, and these four uplifting verses on forgiveness can help you in the midst of trials.