Sunday, January 24, 2010

Preserving the Heart's Mighty Change

In the October 2009 General Conference, Elder Dale G. Renlund gave a talk entitled, "Preserving the Heart's Mighty Change." This talk deals with the lifelong process of conversion and the steps we must take and habits we must form in order not to forfeit eternal salvation and exaltation.

Eternal life is not attained with a word, statement, realization, event, or ordinance. Of course, ordinances such as baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost are essential in attaining eternal life and are necessary steps in the conversion process, but no one moment assures one of the promise of eternal life. Elder Renlund explains the process of conversion and the things we must do in order to put off the natural man and ensure that we are not straying from the strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life (see Mosiah 3:19; 2 Nephi 31:18).

For a more in-depth discussion about being born-again or faith v. works, click on this link to an earlier post on my blog. As for this post, read the words of Elder Renlund which are the word of God, for "whether by [the Lord's] own voice or by the voice of [the Lord's] servants, it is the same" (D&C 1:38). When we do the small, simple things such as studying the scriptures and praying daily, we become stronger and more resilient to the fiery darts of the adversary. There is strength in living the commandments of God.