Friday, May 15, 2015

Having Clean Hands and Pure Heart

In General Conference of October 2007, Elder Bednar discusses what we can do to have clean hands and a pure heart:
“The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better. Repenting of our sins and seeking forgiveness are spiritually necessary, and we must always do so. But remission of sin is not the only or even the ultimate purpose of the gospel. To have our hearts changed by the Holy Spirit such that “we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually”, as did King Benjamin’s people, is the covenant responsibility we have accepted. This mighty change is not simply the result of working harder or developing greater individual discipline. Rather, it is the consequence of a fundamental change in our desires, our motives, and our natures made possible through the Atonement of Christ the Lord. Our spiritual purpose is to overcome both sin and the desire to sin, both the taint and the tyranny of sin.” (

Psalm 24:3-4 reads “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart.”


  1. One of the tests of this life requires that one remain morally clean. True repentance can overcome even serious sins such as violations of the Law of Chastity, and much of what repentance entails is confession for, and abandonment of the bad habit for which one is repenting. One of the keys to remaining morally clean is to fill one's life with enough good that there is no time for bad. As one strives to keep the other commandments as well, which include prayer and scripture study, God provides that person with the power to stay morally clean.

  2. I think that having clean hands and a pure heart is really about truly and deeply understanding and accepting the Atonement. When we really get it, our desires do shift and we experience a fundamental change for the positive.


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