On Spiritual Rebirth


The feeling that came upon me was that of pure peace, of love and of light. I felt in my soul that if I had sinned - and surely I was not without sin - that it had been forgiven me; that I was indeed cleansed from sin.

My heart was touched, and I felt that I would not injure the smallest insect beneath my feet. I felt as if I wanted to do good everywhere, to everybody and to everything. I felt a newness of life, a newness of desire to do only what was right. There was not one particle of desire for evil left in my soul.

Oh! that I could have kept that same spirit and that same earnest desire in my heart every moment of my life from that day to this.

Yet many of us who have received that witness, that new birth, that change of heart, while we may have erred in judgment or made many mistakes, we have repented of the evil, and have sought forgiveness at the hand of the Lord; so that the same desire and purpose which filled our souls when we first received a remission of our sins, still holds possession of our hearts, and is still the ruling sentiment and passion of our souls.

- by President Joseph F. Smith
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