Reasons Why #3

{CONVERSION AND A TESTIMONY}

Testimony: a knowledge and a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost.

Converted:  Changing one’s beliefs, heart, and life to accept and conform to the WILL OF GOD.  A conscious decision to give up one’s former ways and change to become a disciple of Christ.  A natural man will be changed into a new person who is sanctified and pure. Born of Chirst (from the gee)

read Omni 1:26, Mosiah 5:2, Alma 23:6-8, Helaman 15:5-8

Testimony is the beginning of and a prerequisite to continuing conversion.  It’s a point of departure, it is not an ultimate destination.  Testimony is important and necessary but not sufficient to provide the spiritual strength and protection we need!

“When thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren”  ~ Luke 22:32

My teacher, Herman Dewey, gave my class a 30 page essay by Lawrence E Corbridge in 2202.  It is called, “The Fourth Missionary”  Im not sure if any of you have read it, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you all read it!  Not only us it very useful to me as a missionary, but it is also useful to our lives.

One thing I have learned is that:

YOUR GREATEST WORK, YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CREATION WILL EVER BE YOU!  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHO YOU ARE AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHO YOU WILL BECOME!

The purpose and central blessing of life is CHANGE.  It is to be changed to become more like Christ. It is to incorporate into your character the qualities of HIS character.  It is to move from one degree of intelligence and capacity to the next.  And from there to the next until you see GOD face to face and know his as he knows you!  BUT it truly only happens if and when your heart is right.  It happens only if you do not fight against God.  It happens only if you unconditionally surrender your will to the Lord.

Two ways we can evolve since we are constantly changing:

You either decide who you want to become and deliberately work toward that end, or you can just go with the flow and become whatever life makes of you.

IF you are not doing what the Lord would have you do, you cannot believe in yourself.  You cannot believe that you are worthy to receive God’s help and guidance in your life.

EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GETTING AND KEEPING THE SPIRIT IN YOU LIFE

THE LORD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE.  THE LORD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE, UNLESS YOU WALK AWAY. ~Alma 12:11

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