How to Know if you are Forgiven
Elder Henry B. Eyring
When Elder Eyring was serving as a Bishop a young man wanted to know if he was forgiven of a sin he had committed. Elder Eyring found himself at a garden party with President Kimball and asked him how this boy would know if he was forgiven. Elder Eyring stated,
I thought that President Kimball would talk to me about fasting or prayer or listening for the still small voice. But he surprised me. Instead he said, "Tell me about the young man."
I said, "What do you want to know?"
And then he began a series of the most simple questions:
"Does he come to his priesthood meetings?"
I said, after a moment of thought, "Yes."
"Does he come early?"
"Does he sit toward the front?"
I thought for a moment and then realized, to my amazement, that he did.
"Does he home teach?"
"Does he go early in the month?"
"Yes, he does."
"Does he go more than once?"
I can't remember the other questions. But they were all like that--little things, simple acts of obedience, of submission. And for each question I was surprised that my answer was always yes. Yes, he wasn't just at all his meetings; he was early; he was smiling; he was there not only with his whole heart, but the broken heart of a little child, as he was every time the Lord asked anything of him. And after I had said yes to every one of his questions, Elder Kimball looked at me, paused, and then very quietly said, "There is your revelation."
(Elder Henry B. Eyring, "To Draw Closer to God; Come unto Christ")