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Gingrich shares his story of forgiveness

BRANDON, Miss. -- Speaking before a congregation just outside the capital of Mississippi, Newt Gingrich shared his story of seeking God’s forgiveness Sunday

“There were things in my life that I have been very public about saying were, in fact, well short of the glory of God and I had to go to God to seek forgiveness,” Gingrich said to the several hundred people in attendance at First Baptist Church. “I never went to God to seek understanding. And I was never confused. That is, there are periods of my life where I have sinned.”

The former House Speaker, who had marital indiscretions in the 1990s, says he now has a strong relationship with his family, including his third wife, Callista, whom he married shortly after leaving Congress.

“I have been very, very fortunate that I have a very, very close relationship with Callista. We are very close to my two daughters who have been campaigning with us. We are extremely close to my two grandchildren who are 10 and 12,” Gingrich stated during some of his most in-depth remarks on his family life. “But I had to earn being a 68 year-old grandfather by living through things that I would never want my grandchildren to repeat.”

Gingrich is campaigning down in Alabama and Mississippi in the lead up to the two state’s primaries. He frequently visits churches on Sundays and today was no different. Gingrich attended three different services in the South while his wife was back in Washington, D.C. singing in the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine.

Concluding his brief remarks at the church Brandon, Gingrich acknowledged he is not a “perfect” person.

“I come to you as a citizen who has sought redemption and has sought God's love and recognizes that you have to shelter under the cross to have any hope of living a full life and I'm very grateful of having the chance to be with you this evening,” he said.

The former speaker held a rally across town at City Hall following the church service.