I know what it means to try again. I’ve felt the peace of forgiveness many times in my life and I am always amazed at how quickly the Savior comes when I reach out to Him. Even though I have experienced forgiveness, and know that it is a powerful, real blessing, I appreciate the truth in this quote. Trying again is not agony, it is joy:
“In His mercy, God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness—so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. For us, because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I.” No matter how wicked, we can say, “That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.
President Thomas S. Monson has taught, “One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” Even if we’ve been a conscious, deliberate sinner or have repeatedly faced failure and disappointment, the moment we decide to try again, the Atonement of Christ can help us.”
– Elder Dale G. Redlund, Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying, April 2015.
Don’t ever forget that the Savior stands ready to embrace and welcome all who come unto Him.