My Experience with Step 9

Over seven years ago, I decided to approach my mother to apologize for my disrespectful behavior toward her when I was seventeen. I wanted to tell her how sorry I was. As I spoke with her, the Spirit came over me, and I cried. My mother forgave me and said she should be asking my forgiveness.

Through this process of humbling myself, I felt that same feeling I get when I repent. It’s a feeling of being cleansed. I feel lighter. A burden is lifted away with the help of the Savior. When I’ve spoken with other people on my list to make amends, that same feeling of peace has come over me. Each of them said either they should be asking my forgiveness or I had nothing to be forgiven for. Being reconciled with others gives me a clean slate to work on. It is such a wonderful feeling of peace.

When I have seen these people again, the feeling of love and friendship is there, replacing old feelings of regret, embarrassment, or failure. The Savior’s power to heal us is real.

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