Alma has a great description of repentance. He writes: And now, behold, when I [repented], I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
Is this a good thing?
I’ll start by noting that I’ve felt like Alma, myself, at various times. I’ve done things I shouldn’t have, and I’ve repented — which has always been an incredibly painful, difficult process — and come out feeling a whole lot better.
The problem is that with the pain of sin forgotten, I sometimes go and make the same mistakes again. And that makes me reflect on the whole process. Given my own weaknesses and tendency to go back to bad habits, I sometimes think that I would do better in the long run if I were better at remembering the pain.