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Repentance and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

In 2019, I attended weekly 12-step meetings.

Before each meeting, everyone in attendance would gather in a circle and unanimously recite the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

I had never heard this prayer before, but I began to ponder deeply about its meaning.

In November of 2019, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared this Instagram post that seemed to confirm the same conclusions that I had come to in my months of pondering:

Repent Definition

In the Bible Dictionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the word repentance is defined as “a change of mind, a fresh view about God, about oneself, and about the world.”

Russell M. Nelson, the current prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ, expounded on this definition in his April 2019 General Conference talk We Can Do Better and Be Better saying, “The word for repentance in the Greek New Testament is metanoeo. The prefix meta- means ‘change.’ The suffix -noeo is related to Greek words that mean ‘mind,’ ‘knowledge,’ ‘spirit,’ and ‘breath.’ Thus, when Jesus asks you and me to ‘repent,’ He is inviting us to change our mind, our knowledge, our spirit—even the way we breathe. He is asking us to change the way we love, think, serve, spend our time, treat our wives, teach our children, and even care for our bodies. Nothing is more liberating, more ennobling, or more crucial to our individual progression than is a regular, daily focus on repentance. Repentance is not an event; it is a process. It is the key to happiness and peace of mind. When coupled with faith, repentance opens our access to the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

To Be Continued…

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