Conversion

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  • Elder Gary J. Coleman, Elder John M. Madsen, "New Religion, New Life", Ensign, June 2007

The story of the conversion of Gary Coleman.

  • Gordon B. Hinckley, "Converts and Young Men", Ensign, May 1997

"Every [convert] needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with 'the good word of God'."
President Hinckley shares a story of a failure he experienced trying to reactivate a man he had baptized.

A rather untraditional conversion story. He's already a Mormon, but is converted to a principle that he needed to live by. Shows how even long time members need to be "converted".

"After receiving the missionary discussions and sincerely praying about his decision, Jim received a strong impression. “The impression was of someone holding in his hand a piece of paper from a university. A voice said to me, ‘Is he holding a diploma, or is he holding a letter of admission?’ That’s when I realized that I had been thinking of baptism as a diploma, whereas, in fact, it was quite the opposite—it was a letter of admission. Once I got that, I thought, ‘OK. Now I can join with a clear conscience. This is my opportunity to continue learning.’ It was the beginning of a journey of learning rather than the conclusion of it.”

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