The plaster must be as wide as the sore

“To every forgiveness there is a condition.  The plaster must be as wide as the sore.  The fasting, the prayers, the humility must be equal to or greater than the sin. There must be a broken heart and a contrite spirit. There must be ‘sackcloth and ashes.’ There must be tears and genuine change of heart. There must be conviction of the sin, abandonment of the evil… and a confirmed, determined change of pace, direction and destination… There must be a washing of robes to get them white and there must be a new consecration and devotion to the living of all of the laws of God. In short, there must be an overcoming of self, of sin, and of the world.”

Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 353

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