*Spokane Washington Temple*
In the Old Testament, the concept of repentance is conveyed by various forms of the Hebrew word לשוב (lashuv), which means "to turn around," "turn away," or "to return." What beautiful imagery lies in this understanding!
Satan, the sleaziest of salesmen, masterfully hocks his counterfeits as the easily attainable, carnally desirable counterparts to the Lords blessings. As we accept these lies, we turn our back on the Lord, hoping instead that politicians, pleasing philosophies, or popular culture will bequeath to us the desires of our heart. But by turning away from the Lord, we turn our back on The Light.
As a natural consequence, with our backs toward The source of Truth and Light, a mosaic of dark shadows are cast by thousands of objects vying for our focus and attention. Amid this shadowy backdrop, clarity is lost, reality distorted, and blessings obscured.
It is only in turning around, or returning to the Lord, that we are able to see things in the true light, or put scripturally, to see "things as they really are," (Jacob 4:13). A call to repentance, then, is not the heartless rebuke of a judgmental dictator, but the loving invitation offered by a compassionate Savior, succinctly summed by his sincere expression, "Come unto me." Repentance is the desire to turn away from sin, and return to righteousness. It is turning away from fear, and returning to faith. It is turning away from worldliness, and returning to Godliness.
Elder Holland said, “You can change anything you want to change, and you can do it very fast. That’s another satanic sucker punch—that it takes years and years and eons of eternity to repent. It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say, “I’ll change”—and mean it. Of course there will be problems to work out and restitutions to make. You may well spend—indeed you had better spend—the rest of your life proving your repentance by its permanence. But change, growth, renewal, and repentance can come for you as instantaneously as for Alma and the sons of Mosiah.” So if you don't like the direction you're facing, turn toward the Light
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