Conversion means change


Conversion means change, says Richard Scott, a presenter at Campus Education Week.

“Coming here to mortality is all about changing,” Scott said at the beginning of the class.

A list on the board said conversion, change, grace, progression, becoming, born again, sanctified, new creature, purified, healed, childlike, repentant, growth, transformed, charity, and perfection. All of these words in the scriptures that talk about change, according to Scott.

Scott continued his class by pointing out that their will never come a point in the eternities that we will stop progressing. To prove this point, he quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

“There are only three things you can take with you into the next life,” Holland said. “Your character, your covenants and your family.”

When we stand before God at judgement day, Scott says there will only be one question on his mind.

“God will ask you at judgement day what you have become and nothing else,” he said.

Service of others is a big indicator of whether or not we are becoming the kind of people God would want us to be, according to Scott.

“The prophet Joseph Smith once defined what the word Mormon means,” Scott said. “The word Mormon means ‘more good’, as mormons we should constantly be doing ‘more good’ through service. That is our purpose.”

Marriage and parenthood are two things that are meant to help people change and progress in this life, Scott continued.

“You can get married in the temple but if you don’t grow and change or become converted then you won’t achieve a celestial marriage,” Scott said.

Scott then went on to share a story about his oldest son in relation to change. He said his oldest son had always struggled with selfishness, but upon serving a mission, he came back to life with their family where there was a newborn baby sibling. Scott said it was amazing to see how much love his son showed for this little baby.

“This love changed my son,” Scott continued. “We were able to see how family, marriage and parenthood through time, when he finally got married, changed this young man into the kind of person he needed to be.”

As a closing to the class Scott emphasized that enduring to the end is a process.

“Enduring to the end is not about time it is about the process,” Scott said. “We need to stay engaged in the process. It’s more about what you have become, then it is about the time frame.”[wpbp_blocks set=”all” ids=”363808″]

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