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.
These resources are to help you prepare for the “Learn together” section of the meeting.
O. Vincent Haleck, “The Heart of the Widow,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 58–60
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
“Conversion,” True to the Faith (2004), 40–43
“Waiting on Our Road to Damascus” (video)
“A Mighty Change: Conversion” (video)
Music for youth theme: “New Life”
What experiences have deepened your conversion? What changes have you noticed in your life as you have worked diligently to live the gospel?
What evidence are you seeing that the young men are becoming converted? What do they need to understand about conversion?
What can the young men do to prepare to learn? For example, they could read a talk, watch a video, or study a scripture related to this doctrine.
Lead a discussion about items such as the following:
Our quorum: Who is missing today? What visits do we need to make? Who should we invite to an upcoming activity? Who needs our help and prayers?
Our duties: What assignments do we need to make? What assignments have we fulfilled? How have we invited others to come unto Christ, and how can we invite others now?
Our lives: Remind the quorum of the discussion from the last meeting. What experiences have we had with applying what we learned? What experiences have we had in the past few weeks that strengthened our testimonies of the gospel?
If possible, discuss these items beforehand in a quorum presidency meeting.
After studying the above resources and following the inspiration of the Spirit, you may select one or more of the activities below to help quorum members understand the doctrine.
Read together the following definition of conversion by Elder David A. Bednar: “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, invite the young men to read the stories in Elder O. Vincent Haleck’s talk “The Heart of the Widow,” including the story of the widow’s mite. Ask the young men to share the ways that the people in these stories showed they had given their love and loyalty to God. Draw a large heart on the board and write these things inside the heart. Ask the young men to share examples of ways they or people they know have shown their love and loyalty to God. What can the young men do to strengthen their conversion?
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 the scriptures in this outline that help them understand what conversion is. Then 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. You might also show one of the videos in this outline, and invite the young men to share what they learn about conversion from the video.
Ask the young men to discuss any feelings or impressions they had during the meeting. What was meaningful to them? Is there something they can do personally or as a quorum to apply what they have learned?
Give the young men a few minutes to record what they will do in the coming weeks to act on their impressions. Invite them to share their ideas.
Remind the young men that they will have the opportunity to share their experiences at the beginning of the next meeting.