At the beginning of class, I held up a new, crisp $20 bill. I asked the girls if any of them would like it. I asked the most enthusiastic volunteer to tell the class what she would buy with the cash. I then took the bill from her, wrinkled it and then asked if she still wanted it. She, of course, said yes so I took it back and scribbled on it with a pen. Again, I asked her if she still wanted it. She said yes, so I took it back and tore it in half. Once more, I asked her if she wanted it. She pointed out that she could take it to the bank and exchange it for a new one so she still wanted it.
I held up the wrinkled, scribbled on, torn up $20 bill and asked her what she would buy with it now. She said her list wouldn’t change because the value of the bill hadn’t changed.
I pointed out that as we sin, we cause wrinkles and damage to our Spirit. However, regardless of the extent of the damage, our value never changes in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. He will always see us for our eternal value rather than our earthly wrinkles. Similar to the bank that exchanges old for new, He provided the atonement to allow us to repair the damage and become clean. When we repent, we must trust in the Lord; look past the wrinkles and see ourselves as our Heavenly Father does, crisp and new.