Frequently Asked Questions

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Official Answer

You can be forgiven of your sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by the process of repentance. Because Heavenly Father knew we would sometimes make wrong choices, He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins (John 3:16). He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so that when we sincerely repent, we can be forgiven (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:6).

When we sincerely repent, we:

  • Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by our sin. In cases of serious sin, confession needs to be made to the proper priesthood authority.
  • Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone we have harmed.
  • When possible, repair the damage we have done.
  • Forsake our sins.
  • Strive to keep the commandments.

Sincere repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42).

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