By Michael Davies
King Benjamin gave his people a great formula for retaining a remission of their sins, said Elder Keith Crockett of the Quorum of the Seventy.
While speaking to his people, King Benjamin taught three steps for receiving forgiveness, Elder Crockett said.
To receive a remission of your sins, followers of Jesus Christ must remain humble, pray daily and stand steadfast in the faith, Elder Crockett said.
Humility allows people the ability to be molded by the hand of the Lord, Elder Crockett said. Repentance requires a soft heart, which can only be obtained through humility.
“Humility has been described as having the desire to submit to the Lord; the desire to seek the Lord’s will and glory; and the desire to remove pride,” Elder Crockett said.
After the heart has been softened through humility, prayer is needed to learn the desires of the Lord, Elder Crockett said.
“Through prayer we can communicate with our Heavenly Father and seek his guidance daily,” Elder Crockett said.
Prayer has the ability to change a softened heart, Elder Crockett said. The Lord promises to help his children overcome anything through earnest prayer.
“Our daily prayers influence our thoughts, our words and our actions.
“In order to retain a remission of our sins, it is essential that we ask our Heavenly Father each day for strength to stay in the straight and narrow way,” Elder Crockett said.
Standing steadfast is a lifelong pursuit, said Elder Crockett. After praying to the Lord, we need to accept his counsel and stand strong in the direct teaching of the Lord.
Elder Crockett quoted King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon concerning his faith.
“King Benjamin taught that his people were to ‘stand steadfast in the faith of that which was to come,'” Elder Crockett said.