A 'mighty change' likened to new birth

"When King Benjamin finished his remarkable address in the land of Zarahemla, the people all cried with one voice that they believed his words," wrote President Ezra Taft Benson. "They knew of a surety that his promises of redemption were true, because, said they, `the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent . . . has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts,

and note thisT that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.' (Mosiah 5:2.)

"When we have undergone this mighty change, which is brought about only through faith in Jesus Christ and through the operation of the Spirit upon us, it is as though we have become a new person. Thus the change is likened to a new birth. Thousands of you . . . have experienced this change. You have forsaken lives of sin, sometimes deep and offensive sin, and through applying the blood of Christ in your lives, have become clean. You have no more disposition to return to your old ways. You are in reality a new person. This is what is meant by a change of heart." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 470-471.)

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