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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 the young women 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)

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

Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Be Ye Converted,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 76–78

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

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

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

  • Invite the young women 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? 
  • Write the word conversion on the board, and invite the young women 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.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women 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 class:

  • A few days in advance, invite a young woman to come to class 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 women to ponder this question as the class reads Sister Oscarson’s descriptions of the things we believe. At the end of class, give the young women 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?
  • Invite the young women 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 women to use their posters and the talks they have studied to teach each other about conversion.
  • Invite the young women 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 class 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 women to share what they learn about conversion from the video. Tell the young women about experiences that have helped you become more converted, and invite them to share their own experiences.

Ask the young women 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?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Choose something specific they will do to progress in their efforts to become more converted.
  • Write in their journals their feelings about where they are now in the process of becoming converted. As they have experiences that deepen their conversion, they could record those in their journals also.