SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Richard G. Scott, 86, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Tuesday Sept. 22 from causes incident to age, while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City.
LDS faithful are left wondering whether or not they still have to repent. “When Elder Scott said ‘Repent… Now‘ did he mean, like right then since he would pass on soon?” said Miles Stapeley, a software developer from Springville. “Am I good to go, or what?”
The church said Elder Scott, widely regarded as a kind-hearted soul, “[W]as unapologetic about repentance and the Atonement because he knew that that’s where hope came from or what one could hope for as a consequence of true, full repentance and the effect of the Atonement, the grace of Jesus Christ, in one’s life.” They weren’t as clear, however, on whether or not his instructions pertained merely to the time of Elder Scott’s mortal sojourn.
“I’m not gonna do anything too crazy,” said Stapeley. “All I’m saying is that ‘now’ is an adverb pertaining to the present time or moment. Since Elder Scott has passed on, maybe it means ‘Repent…Then.’ As in, it’s too late at this point. I think it’s a fair question.”