True Conversion

When we truly desire to find truth, the truth will find it’s way to us.

In the scriptures it’s interesting to see instances of where people have been truly converted and where they haven’t been. It would be important for anyone who wanted to find out more truth, wherever they are on their spiritual journey, to consider this. Two such examples I want to look at are the sons of Mosiah and Laman and Lemuel.

As in the story with Alma the Younger, the sons of Mosiah were seeking to destroy the Church of God but were visited by an angel and repented of all they had done. They then were “desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish…” (Mosiah 28:3) . The next part is vital to our understanding of how they became this way because, as we will learn later, having an angel appear to you is not always a guarantee you will give up your old habits. It says in Mosiah 28:4 “And thus did the Spirit of the Lord work upon them, for they were the vilest of sinners…they suffered much anguish of soul because of their iniquities…” So, we find that the Spirit had worked upon them and, most importantly, they had allowed the Spirit to work in their hearts (see 2 Nephi 33:1-2). They did not want anyone to feel the pain they went through, because of the repentance process.

Then, we have the example of Laman and Lemuel. They themselves were stopped by an angel when they attacked their own brother, Nephi. They were chastened in a similar manner to the sons of Mosiah. However, after the angel left, they hadn’t experienced the same manner of change that the sons of Mosiah experienced. They murmured again that the task set before them was impossible. The Book of Mormon Study Guide pg 17 explains their condition and the role of the Spirit in conversion well. It says “To be converted is to undergo change…This change requires a contrite spirit and a broken heart, which means to humble yourself before God. Laman and Lemuel refused to do this, for as Nephi stated, they were “hard in their hearts, therefore they did not look unto the Lord as they ought,” (1 Nephi 15:3). Laman and Lemuel refused to yield their hearts…so no experience could have changed them…as Nephi later commented, they were “past feeling,” (1 Nephi 17:45).

So we see that there was one major difference between the two sets of people – one allowed the Holy Ghost to touch their hearts whereas the other hardened their hearts from the Spirit so much so they were never converted. Therefore, it is vital for people we teach but also ourselves (for even if we have been converted to the Lord, we should always be trying to change, or be converted, to be better). Only through this continual change can we become more Christ-like. Anyone who really desires to  discover whether Jesus Christ is our Saviour can find out, only if they have a sincere desire to change, to invite the Holy Ghost into their heart. 

When we truly desire to find truth, the truth will find it’s way to us.

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