Conversion
    Footnotes
    Theme

    “Conversion,” Ensign, Oct. 1972, inside front cover

    Conversion

    The knowing

    wasn’t in my mind

    at first.

    The thirst,

    a yearning for the truth

    and light,

    seemed a birthright.

    The need that stretched out

    from my heart

    and soul

    had been with me

    forever,

    so it seemed.

    My mind schemed

    to find somewhere a

    crystal understanding

    to satisfy

    the thirst.

    Immersed

    I was

    in smooth and prettied

    potions

    and elegant elixirs

    poured into

    my being.

    Yet I was parched,

    my mind miraged

    by words

    of men.

    And then

    the quenching came.

    My mind grown cautious

    with considerings

    perceived the gospel truths

    to be too simple

    for soothings.

    Choosing

    to look elsewhere

    for a freshening,

    my intellect would have had

    me turn away

    at the start.

    But my heart

    already had imbibed

    exciting essence,

    crystal clear.

    And so I stayed and drank

    and found

    no dregs.

    The quenching was complete

    as earthlife

    can allow.

    And now

    my mind knows too

    that I

    will never thirst

    again.