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This is what I was thinking while reading over the visiting teaching message...
Cheryl C. Lant, Ensign, May 2008
Conversion comes by faith. If you place your faith in the Lord, and stand strong and immovable in that faith, conversion follows. For conversion, one must keep the commandments and all of the commandments; not just the ones that are convenient. Once a personal conversion takes place, it is still important to remain strong and immovable in faith. Conversion is an ongoing process because there are always something that can be understood in a deeper meaning. The conversion into this deeper knowledge is what we always need to have faith in.
Mosiah 5: 15 - "Be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal upon you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life."
If any of you have stories, experiences, or anything else that you would like to add to this message, it is welcome. I hope that it gives you some spiritual uplifting.
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “You cannot today remotely imagine what that decision to be unwaveringly obedient to the Lord will allow you to accomplish in life. Your quiet, uncompromising determination to live a righteous life will couple you to inspiration and power beyond your capacity now to understand” (“Making the Right Decisions,” Ensign, May 1991, 34).[/b]
I taught the lesson on Sunday in RS. It was the lesson in the Joseph Smith manual on the Parables in Matthew 13. We talked about how we need to have a firm foundation NOW because we never know when we'll need to be strong due to whatever reason. We talked about how the quote by Elder Scott related to having that strong foundation when we need it.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
Butter! I taught that same lesson this past Sunday! (With only an hours notice by the way) LOL.
Anyway, I just wanted to add that one of things that stuck out to me about our own conversion was the progression of our testimony. I've really come to realize that you can't just build yourself a strong testimony and then go with it. A testimony never stays the same. It's always getting stronger or weaker and is ever moving. That is why we always need to be focusing on building a stronger testimony all of the time. If we don't focus on that, then it's going to move the opposite way.