In an April 1977 general conference address, President Marion G. Romney, then second counselor in the First Presidency, spoke of the story of Nicodemus, "a man of the Pharisees . . . a ruler of the Jews." Nicodemus went to Jesus by night and said, " . . . we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."
Jesus answered, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." To Nicodemus' question about how a man could be born when he is old, Jesus answered, " . . . I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:1-10.)President Romney said, "One is born again by actually receiving and experiencing the light and power inherent in the gift of the Holy Ghost."
In that same conference address, President Romney said: "The gift of the Holy Ghost confers upon one, as long as he is worthy, the right to receive light and truth.
"Obtaining the gift of the Holy Ghost is preceded by faith, repentance, and baptism. Retaining the spirit, power and guidance of the Holy Ghost requires a righteous life – a dedicated effort to constantly comply with the laws and ordinances of the gospel."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, and April 1977 and April 1989 general conference reports.