Those Who Are Truly Converted

Book of Mormon Teacher Resource Manual, (2004), 300

Alma 23:1–7, 16–18

“Social, ethical, cultural, or educational converts will not survive under the heat of the day unless their taproots go down to the fulness of the gospel which the Book of Mormon contains” (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1975, 96; or Ensign, May 1975, 65).

“The Book of Mormon … speaks of God, the creation of man, the Fall, the Atonement, the ascension of Christ into heaven, prophets, faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, endurance, prayer, justification and sanctification through grace, and loving and serving God.

“We must know these essential truths. Aaron and Ammon and their brethren in the Book of Mormon taught these same kinds of truths to the Lamanite people (see Alma 18:22–39), who were ‘in the darkest abyss’ (Alma 26:3). After accepting these eternal truths, the Book of Mormon states, those converted Lamanites never did fall away. (See Alma 23:6.)” (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1984, 6; or Ensign, Nov. 1984, 7).

Alma 24:6, 16–26

“In former days, disciples of the Lord ‘were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin’ [Alma 24:19]. In latter days, devoted disciples of the Lord are just as firm” (Russell M. Nelson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1994, 93; or Ensign, May 1994, 71).

“The nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 51).

Alma 26:11–17, 35–37

“I feel so profoundly grateful in my heart for the blessings of the Lord. How good and kind and generous and wonderful He has been to us, as His sons and daughters. How thankful we ought to be every day of our lives” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Messages of Inspiration from President Hinckley,” Church News, 5 Dec. 1998, 2).

“Gospel gladness can be experienced … , as with Ammon, in rejoicing over being part of the Lord’s work” (Neal A. Maxwell, Meek and Lowly [1987], 39).

Alma 29:1–3, 9–14

“No joy is equal to bringing another to the light of the gospel” (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1984, 64; or Ensign, May 1984, 44).

See also D&C 18:15–16.