When I was 8 my mom started to teach me how to sew. I started with simply first just sewing on a piece of paper to understand how it feels.
My first project was a pillow case and then a skirt. I started by going very slowly to make sure all the stitches were perfect. But sometimes my straight line wasn't so straight and I had to unpick it.
I disliked unpicking it took so much time to sew it then I had to unpick which took even longer and sew it again. I would get so frustrated every time I would have to unpick.
My mom wouldn't make me unpick but she would say, "If I was my Grandmother I would make you do it again, but you can decide what you do." I would usually unpick and do it again.
After I would unpick and fix my mistake I was so much happier knowing that I did my very best. I would be happy at how my project turned out so well.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
My sewing and having to unpick is just like our lives. Sometimes we aren't so straight on the straight and narrow path. We make mistakes in our lives that take us farther away from our Heavenly Father.
We can stay in our ways or we can turn our hearts and will to God. Just as my mom let me choose if I would unpick or not... the choice is ours.
Sincere repentance brings several results. We feel God's forgiveness and His peace in our lives. Our guilt and sorrow are swept away. We feel the influence of the Spirit more. And when we pass form this life, we will be more prepared to live with our Heavenly Father and His Son.
Just how I was happier with my sewing we can be happier with our lives as we repent and follow our Heavenly Father.
Repent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth. Alma 7:9