Take the challenge to become more deeply converted with me. (Part 1 of 6)
CONVERSION SERIES PREFACE:
This passage from Elder Kim Clark’s recent conference address hit me like a volt of electricity and has continued to ring loudly in my heart & mind:
“…there were many men and women, including His faithful Apostles, who centered their lives on Him. Though they struggled with worldly distractions, with confusion about what He taught, and even with fear, they believed in Him, loved Him, and followed Him.
Of them, Jesus said, “Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”
Through their faith in Christ, repentance, and obedience, the Holy Ghost became their companion, changed their hearts, and blessed them with an abiding witness of the truth.
These gifts and blessings strengthened the Lord’s disciples. Although the times they lived in were dangerous and confusing, they received the spiritual gift of eyes to see and ears to hear. By the power of the Holy Ghost, they began to see the truth of things as they really are, especially of the Lord Jesus Christ and His work among them. The Holy Ghost enlightened their understanding, and they heard the voice of the Lord more clearly. The gospel of Jesus Christ sank deep into their hearts. They were steadfast and obedient. They preached the gospel with boldness and power and built up the kingdom of God. They had joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have much in common with those faithful men and women in the meridian of time. We too live in a time when the Lord Jesus Christ works miracles among us—including healing the sick, cleansing us from sin, changing our hearts, and opening salvation to God’s children on both sides of the veil. In our time we also have living prophets and apostles, priesthood power, spiritual gifts, and the supernal blessings of the ordinances of salvation.
Our time is a dangerous time—a time of great evil and temptation, a time of confusion and commotion. In these perilous times, the Lord’s prophet on the earth, President Thomas S. Monson, has called us to rescue the wounded in spirit, to stand for truth with courage, and to build the kingdom of God.
Whatever level of spirituality or faith or obedience we now have, it will not be sufficient for the work that lies ahead. We need greater spiritual light and power. We need eyes to see more clearly the Savior working in our lives and ears to hear His voice more deeply in our hearts.
This marvelous blessing comes when we open our hearts and receive, truly receive, the Lord Jesus Christ, His doctrine, and His Church into our lives.
We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better.”
On that note, let’s be good at getting better. Learn to put aside our misunderstandings, fear, and distractions to open our eyes and truly see and tune our ears to fully hear.
This is what being converted is. Conversion IS the oil in the lamps of the virgins. Will you be counted among the wise or the foolish?
Conversion takes effort. No great accomplishment gets to skirt around that requirement. I’ve found as Alma, that asking ourselves inspired questions lets the word of truth sink deep within us. I’ve marked up my copy of the conference addresses November 2015 issue of the Ensign to highlight the questions and scriptures within.
I know we can become more converted through these inspired words by asking ourselves the questions brought up in the addresses, and studying the scriptures referenced. Please feel free to print the list of questions and scriptures for your personal studies.
Questions & Scriptures | General Women’s Conference
- Do I question the spark of divinity within me? Have I knelt in prayer to ask God “Am I really Thy daughter, and dost Thou love me?”
- Can I take the beloved phrase “I am a child of God” and add the words “therefore, what?”
- What will I do to live my life as a child of God?
- How can I develop the divine nature that is within me?
- Have I felt the igniting power of my divine nature to love and serve others, and found myself frequently asking “What can be done for this daughter, this brother, this father, this friend?”
- Have I taken the opportunity to hold a newborn baby, experienced looking into each other’s eyes, and sensed the sacred and holy feeling of a celestial spirit recently sent from Heavenly Father? Has this experience deepened my understanding of my own mortal life and the sacred gift of my mortal body?
- Korihor was an anti-Christ in Alma’s day who had great success in leading away the hearts of many, including followers of Christ. Do I recognize that Satan has raised a Korihor-like banner in our day? What are some of his tools and teachings he is using today with success? Am I attempting to play with Satan’s fiery darts hoping to somehow not get burned?
- What helps and tools have I been given to help me stay clean and virtuous?
- I may find myself saying these things: “I have tried so hard to live righteously, so why have I had so many trials? What have I done wrong?” When these thoughts are upon me, can I realize that the very purpose of this life is to be tried and tested, a time to prepare to meet God? Can I push past the ‘why’ questions to instead ask: “What does Heavenly Father want me to do?”
- Reflection question- After enduring all that I have so far endured in my lifetime, can I imagine a reward so great, an eternity as everlastingly joyful, that I might find myself in the presence of my merciful Father saying “Was that all that was required [of me]?” Imagine a reward so sweet, that it makes all our hardships here seem like a minuscule price to have paid for it.
- Will it really matter what I’ve endured here if, in the end, those trials are the very things that qualified me for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?
- Can I develop enough trust and faith to learn to ask: “Whatever tomorrow [or today] brings, will Thou help me through it?”
- When life doesn’t give me what I hoped, planned, and dreamed of, is it possible to be happy still? Will I live in a way that others might ask “What does she have to be happy about?” What do I have to be happy about, right here, right now?
- If I’ve found myself worked into a puddle of pessimism and a mess of melancholy, can I find strength that God designed me to have joy? Do I take the opportunity to let Him highlight and re-focus my mind on the wonders and miracles of life, even when things aren’t ‘working out’ in my life?
- How many truly good things happen instantly? Have I fallen into the trap of instant gratification? How can I be more patient while the Lord changes my heart and my outcome?
- Reflection question: “God … will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Is not this the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard?
30 Referenced Scriptures:
- Job 33:4
- 2 Peter 1:4
- Romans 8:16
- 2 Nephi 9: 26
- Alma 13:27-29
- Alma 30: 18
- Jacob 4:13
- D&C 82:10
- Alma 34:32
- Ether 6:12
- D&C 84:38
- D&C 18:10
- Isaiah 43:4
- Moses 1:39
- D&C 76:40-42
- D&C 4:2
- John 17:20-23
- Moroni 9:6
- D&C 138:56
- Matthew 26:39
- Alma 26:12
- Moroni 10:32
- 2 Timothy 2:22
- Mosiah 5:12
- Matthew 13:24-30
- 2 Nephi 2:25
- Revelation 21:3-4
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
- Luke 9:24
- Moroni 7:42
Feel free to leave a comment on how this study session has produced change in your heart and mind, and has helped you feel to “sing the song of redeeming love” ❤️