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How do I know if I am becoming converted?

Conversion is a lifelong process of becoming more Christlike through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It includes a change not only in our behavior but in our desires, our attitudes, and our very natures. It is such a significant change that the Lord refers to it as a rebirth and a mighty change of heart (see Mosiah 27:25; Alma 5:14). We can know that we are becoming converted to the Lord when we lose our desire for sin, we are filled with love, and we seek to share the gospel with others.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help quorum members recognize their own conversion to the Lord?

Enos 1:1–19, 26–27; Mosiah 5:1–5; 27:23–37; Alma 23:6–7; Helaman 3:35; 4 Nephi 1:1–4, 15 (Examples of conversion)

Linda K. Burton, “Certain Women,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 12–15

Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Do I Believe?Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 87–89

David A. Bednar, “Converted unto the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 106–9

Donald L. Hallstrom, “What Manner of Men?Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 53–55

Conversion,” True to the Faith (2004), 40–43

Videos: “Waiting on the Road to Damascus,” “A Mighty Change: Conversion”

Music for youth theme: “New Life

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or a quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask the young men to share something they remember from last week’s lesson. Why was this memorable to them?
  • Invite the young men to make a list of things that undergo a transformation over time (such as a seed that transforms into a tree or a tadpole that transforms into a frog). How might they use these things to teach others about conversion?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the quorum members learn about conversion and recognize evidence of conversion in themselves. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to search Sister Linda K. Burton’s talk “Certain Women” to find how she defines “certain women,” and write what they find on the board. What more can we learn about how to be better disciples of the Savior from the examples of women in Sister Burton’s talk? Ask the young men to complete the “Attribute Activity” in Preach My Gospel, page 126, and evaluate how well they are developing Christlike attributes. What can they do to become “certain men” who are dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • A few days in advance, invite a quorum member to come to quorum meeting prepared to share the experience that Michele Carnesecca had when her son Ethan was critically ill, found in Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson’s talk “Do I Believe?” You might write the question “Do I believe it or not?” on the board. Invite the young men to ponder this question as the quorum reads Sister Oscarson’s descriptions of the things we believe. At the end of the quorum meeting, give the young men an opportunity to bear testimony of the gospel teachings found in this talk that they believe. How have they come to believe these things for themselves?
  • Write the word conversion on the board, and invite the young men to look for words and phrases in Mosiah 27:25–26 that help them understand what conversion is. Invite them to discuss what they learn about conversion from these words and phrases.
  • Invite the young men to choose one of the talks provided in this outline, read a section of the talk, and use information from the talk to create posters that will answer the question “How do I know if I am becoming converted?” Ask the young men to use their posters and the talks they have studied to teach each other about conversion.
  • Invite the young men to study “Conversion” in True to the Faith or the scriptures in this outline and write a list of questions they could ask themselves to evaluate their progress toward conversion. Provide time for quorum members to share what they would include in their list and why. Encourage them to ponder how they would answer these questions.
  • Show one of the videos in this outline, and invite the young men to share what they learn about conversion from the video. Tell the quorum members about experiences that have helped you become more converted, and invite them to share their own experiences.

Ask the quorum to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand how to recognize conversion in their lives? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this topic?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share his feelings about the importance of becoming more converted.
  • Invite quorum members to choose something specific they will do to deepen their conversion.