Then Would Our Brethren Have Been Spared – 3 Nephi 8:24-25

24 And in one place they were heard to cry, saying: O that we had repented before this great and terrible day, and then would our brethren have been spared, and they would not have been burned in that great city Zarahemla.
25 And in another place they were heard to cry and mourn, saying: O that we had repented before this great and terrible day, and had not killed and stoned the prophets, and cast them out; then would our mothers and our fair daughters, and our children have been spared, and not have been buried up in that great city Moronihah. And thus were the howlings of the people great and terrible.

Many things can cause us to feel remorse. We may simply feel that we have done something wrong and want to correct it. We may experience pain as a consequence of our own sins. Most poignantly, we may recognize the pain that our sins have caused to other people. 
In the passage above, Mormon describes the reaction of a group of previously unrepentant sinners after a series of natural disasters destroyed their cities and took the lives of many of their relatives. They don’t lament their sins in the abstract, and they don’t mention the pain they have experienced personally. Instead, they lament the loss of family members: parents, siblings, and children who have perished as a result of their collective wickedness. They express their wish that they had chosen to repent before the calamity, that they had recognized the potential impact of their actions and corrected their mistakes before the tragic consequences of their actions occurred.
Today, I will seek to recognize the potential consequences of my actions. As I recognize my mistakes, I will correct them quickly, before they cause greater damage to myself and to others.
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