“They Repented of the Thing Which They Had Done”

K. Douglas Bassett

1 Ne. 7:20; 2 Cor. 7:9-10; refer in this text to Morm. 2:13; Alma 34:33; Alma 42:29

“Very frequently people think they have repented and are worthy of forgiveness when all they have done is to express sorrow or regret at the unfortunate happening, but their repentance is barely started. Until they have begun to make changes in their lives, transformation in their habits, and to add new thoughts to their minds, to be sorry is only a bare beginning.” (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 87)
“In August 1899, the steamship City of Rome collided with an iceberg just off the coast of Newfoundland. There was panic aboard the vessel, and for a time passengers wondered whether they would have to take to the lifeboats. Among those passengers was one who professed belief in God and in the restored gospel but had actually not conformed to his belief. He would not participate in worship; he violated the Word of Wisdom and assumed generally a careless attitude toward things religious. Every morning from the time that boat left Glasgow harbor until the morning of the collision this gentleman had taken his coffee at breakfast. At the moment of the collision he was at the bar. Strange as it may seem, in the hour of imminent danger he was the first of his group to suggest that they retire for prayer and seek God’s protection. The vessel made no progress that night, a sleepless one for this particular passenger. Next morning he ordered neither tea nor coffee, and, seeing this, one of his companions said: ‘What’s the matter, Doctor? Aren’t you going to have your coffee this morning?’
‘No, sir,’ came the prompt reply. And then seemingly in all earnestness he added: ‘I am not going to taste another drop of tea or coffee until we get to New York!’
No self-denial, no outward act, no pretense can conceal from the Lord an insincere heart.” (David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, p. 508)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon