“May 24. How Do I Know If I Am Becoming Converted? Mosiah 25–28,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“May 24. How Do I Know If I Am Becoming Converted?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020
At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then lead a discussion about items such as the following, and plan ways to act on what you discuss:
Our quorum or class. Who is new to our ward, and how can we help them feel welcome? What are we doing to make our time in quorum or class meetings meaningful?
Our duties or responsibilities. What are some duties and responsibilities we have as young men and young women? How can we better fulfill them?
Our lives. What are we doing to become more like Jesus Christ and receive His power in our lives? What are we doing to help our families come unto Him?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
Alma the Younger’s dramatic change of heart happened in a matter of days and then continued throughout his life. 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 also in our desires, our attitudes, and our very natures. It is such a significant change that the scriptures refer to it as being “born again” and a “mighty change in [our] hearts” (Mosiah 27:25; Alma 5:14). In their personal and family study or in seminary, quorum or class members may have read Mosiah 25–28 this week and been inspired by the conversion and ministry of Alma and the sons of Mosiah. Are those you teach converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ? What do they need to do to progress toward more complete conversion? To prepare yourself to help them understand what it means to be converted, prayerfully study Alma’s experience in Mosiah 27 and Elder David A. Bednar’s message “Converted unto the Lord” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 106–9).
You might ask the members of your quorum or class to quickly review Mosiah 27. What inspires them most about the conversion of Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah? Based on what they read, they could write a simple definition of conversion. The following ideas can help them deepen their understanding of what it means to become converted.
There are many resources that teach about conversion to the Savior and His gospel. For instance, you could invite the quorum or class to study “Conversion” in True to the Faith (, 40–43) or “Conversion, Convert” in the Guide to the Scriptures (scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). They could also study the scripture references in “Supporting Resources” or watch one of the videos found there. Invite them to look for words and phrases that help them understand more about becoming converted to the Lord. Ask them to share what they found, and write some of their findings on the board under the heading Conversion.
Elder David A. Bednar taught that conversion includes “a conscious commitment to become a disciple of Christ. … Conversion is an offering of self, of love, and of loyalty we give to God” (“Converted unto the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 107). How do we give ourselves, our love, and our loyalty to God? To help answer this question, quorum or class members could read some of the stories in Elder O. Vincent Haleck’s message “The Heart of the Widow” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 58–60). Ask them to share how the people in each story exemplified Elder Bednar’s definition of conversion. They could also share other examples of ways they or people they know have shown their love and loyalty to God. What can we do to strengthen our conversion?
Conversion includes yielding our hearts to God and accepting His will. Sister Neill F. Marriott described experiences that helped her learn to yield her heart to God (see “Yielding Our Hearts to God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 30–32). You could invite quorum or class members to find ways she described a meek, yielding heart and write what they find on the board. What more can we learn from Sister Marriott’s message about yielding our hearts to God? Quorum or class members may find it helpful to complete the “Attribute Activity” in Preach My Gospel (, 132) and evaluate how well they are developing Christlike attributes. What can we do to become dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ?
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
Russell M. Nelson, “We Can Do Better and Be Better,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 67–69
“Waiting on Our Road to Damascus,” video, ChurchofJesusChrist.org
“Daily Bread: Change,” video, ChurchofJesusChrist.org