And they did admonish their brethren; and they were also admonished, every one by the word of God, according to his sins, or to the sins which he had committed, being commanded of God to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things.
Look at this interesting choice of words. “According to his sins, or to the sins which he had committed….”
We don’t have to be our sins. They don’t have to define us. They don’t have to “belong” to us. But that’s our choice.
We can repent. We can choose to be defined by something other than the thing that separates us from the Savior.
I love the promises in this chapter. The Lord is very clear that we have a choice. We can choose to disregard Him, keep sinning, and not be numbered among His people.
We can repent of the things we do wrong, freely choose Him, be forgiven, and be numbered among His people.
We are not our sins. We are children of God with divine potential to overcome (with the strength of the Savior’s Atonement) all the things that separate us from Him. It takes effort. But the dividends are worth it.