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'Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?'

"If you are not presently enjoying the blessings that come from conversion and commitment, I urge you to take the necessary steps to bring about this change in your heart," said Elder W. Mack Lawrence at the April 1996 general conference. "Perhaps my appeal is much the same as that extended by the prophet Alma when he said to the people of his day: 'And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren [and sisters] of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?' (Alma 5:14.)

"This 'mighty change in your hearts' is what conversion is all about," Elder Lawrence emphasized. He went on to declare that it is insufficient only to hear the word of God. "In order to make it effective — to receive the promised blessings — we must follow it."

Returning to Alma's question, "Have ye spiritually been born of God?" Elder Lawrence said, "It is noteworthy that Alma concluded his admonition to the people of his day by bearing testimony of how his personal conversion was obtained:

" 'Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?

" 'Behold, I say unto you that they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.' (Alma 5:34-46; italics added.)

Elder Lawrence said, "That same spirit of revelation — the spirit of conversion, if you will — is available to each of us as we diligently seek for it through fasting, prayer, obedience and searching the scriptures." (See Alma 17:2-3.)

"If you are not presently enjoying the blessings that come from conversion and commitment, I urge you to take the necessary steps to bring about this change in your heart," said Elder W. Mack Lawrence at the April 1996 general conference. "Perhaps my appeal is much the same as that extended by the prophet Alma when he said to the people of his day: 'And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren [and sisters] of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?' (Alma 5:14.)

"This 'mighty change in your hearts' is what conversion is all about," Elder Lawrence emphasized. He went on to declare that it is insufficient only to hear the word of God. "In order to make it effective — to receive the promised blessings — we must follow it."

Returning to Alma's question, "Have ye spiritually been born of God?" Elder Lawrence said, "It is noteworthy that Alma concluded his admonition to the people of his day by bearing testimony of how his personal conversion was obtained:

" 'Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?

" 'Behold, I say unto you that they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.' (Alma 5:34-46; italics added.)

Elder Lawrence said, "That same spirit of revelation — the spirit of conversion, if you will — is available to each of us as we diligently seek for it through fasting, prayer, obedience and searching the scriptures." (See Alma 17:2-3.)

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