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Elder Christofferson explains 2 critical components of conversion

Speaking to mission presidents and companions and the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, Elder D. Todd Christofferson pointed to a “simple and profound” statement in Preach My Gospel: “The power of the Holy Ghost is central to conversion.”

Church News shared a summary of Elder Christofferson’s remarks, in which he discussed the importance of missionaries teaching with the spirit of revelation and the spirit of prophecy so the Holy Ghost can bear record.

“I think of the spirit of revelation as primarily having to do with the declaration of truth and the spirit of prophecy as the confirmation or testimony of truth,” Elder Christofferson said.

The Apostle also pointed to the Book of Mormon’s critical role in conversion, noting that anyone who prayerfully reads it with a sincere heart and real intent will receive a testimony from the Holy Ghost.

“We could say that, in reality, we do not want people to be baptized without a knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon for fear their conversion will not be deep-rooted and enduring,” Elder Christofferson said.

Read more of Elder Christofferson’s remarks at Church News.

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Lindsey Williams

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