"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
February 3, 2008

The Renewing Holy Ghost

Water baptism is only a preparatory cleansing of the believing penitent…whereas, the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost cleanses more thoroughly, by renewing the inner man, and by purifying the affectations, desires, and thoughts which have long been habituated in the impure ways of sin.  Without the aid of the Holy Ghost, a person would have but little power to change his mind, at once, from its habituated course, and to walk in newness of life…So great is the force of habit, that he would, without being renewed by the Holy Ghost, be easily overcome, and contaminated again with sin.  Hence, it is infinitely important that the affections and desires should be, in a measure, changed and renewed, so as to cause him to hate that which he before loved, and to love that which he before hated.  To thus renew the mind of man is the work of the Holy Ghost.  (Orson Pratt, “The Holy Spirit,” in Writings of an Apostle, pp. 56-57

Conversion

Being converted…and having a testimony are not necessarily the same thing…A testimony comes when the Holy Ghost gives the earnest seeker a witness of the truth.  A moving testimony vitalizes faith; that is, it induces repentance and obedience to the commandments.  Conversion, on the other hand, is the fruit of, or the reward for, repentance and obedience…Conversion is effected by divine forgiveness, which remits sins…Thus he is converted to a newness of life.  His spirit is healed.  (Marion G. Romney, in Conference report, October 1963, p. 24)