(May 10, 2015)
Hugh Nibley has a quote (that I will paraphrase) that seems very appropriate here. ‘The world is not divided into the righteous and the unrighteous. It is divided into the repenting and the unrepenting.’
Helaman taught his sons that the Savior was coming to redeem His people, but He wasn’t here to save the righteous (notice that the word righteous is not even mentioned in the chapter). No, the Savior was coming to save the repentant, and he was instructing his sons to preach the Gospel of repentance to the people.
So many times in my life, I get focused on living a righteous life (admittedly a worthwhile goal) but allow myself to get distracted from living a repentant life (a more-important goal). If we are living a 99.9% righteous life, but not a repentant life, we are as good as damned. If we are living a 0.01% righteous life, but filled with a repentant spirit, we need only endure to the end and Christ will redeem us.