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'The Lord works from the inside out; the world works from the outside in'

"Would not the progress of the Church increase dramatically today with an increasing number of those who are spiritually reborn?" asked President Ezra Taft Benson at the October 1985 general conference.

"Can you imagine what would happen in our homes? Can you imagine what would happen with an increasing number of copies of the Book of Mormon in the hands of an increasing number of missionaries who know how to use it and who have been born of God? . . . It was the 'born of God' Alma who as a missionary was so able to impart the word that many others were also born of God. (See Alma 36:23-26.)

"The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature."

President Benson affirmed: "Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world."

He said that men changed for Christ will be captained by Christ. "Like Paul they will be asking, 'Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?' (Acts 9:6.) Peter stated they will "follow his steps.' (1 Pet. 2:21.) John said they will 'walk, even as he walked.' " (1 John 2:6.)

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