John W. Redelfs wrote:
> It's also true that there is a limited number of times one can
> repent of adultery.

> I've heard this before, but I was challenged on it by the wife
> of our mission president.  I tried to prove the "three times and
> you are out" rule, and I was unable to.  Perhaps you can do
> better than I can.  --JWR

I always thought it was "twice and you're out" -- that is, you can 
repent of adultery once, but not twice.  I suppose this is based on D&C 
42:25-26: "But he that has committed adultery and repents with all his 
heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive; But 
if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out."

The reason for this is a bit fuzzier.  As it was explained to me at the 
time, it has to do with repentence from covenant-breaking (which is 
scripturally known as adultery).  The idea seems to be that one can 
forsake his covenants one time without truly understanding what he is 
doing, but that doing so again constitutes a denial of the Holy Ghost.  
I know of no exact scriptural justification for this idea of repentence, 
though.  Just what I was told many years ago.


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