Once one has repented of his sins, God remembers them no more. However, I have heard that if one repeats the sin that they have already repented of, they are once again held accountable for all the times they sinned before the repentance. Is that true?
George, from California
The implication of the statement —
Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more (D&C 58:42)
is that the Lord judges us the way we are, not the way we were. And He judges according to the heart rather than just the act. So if a person, having repented, repeats the sin, he has returned to the evil mentality that was the sponsor of that act in the first place. All the good things that he has done will no longer be remembered because he is not the kind of person any more that would do those good things..However, his former sins will be remembered before the Lord because that’s the kind of person he now is—
And now, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any sin to your charge; go your ways and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God (D&C 82:7).