This post “Conversion Into” is written by the bishop’s wife (laughing) in Ammon, Idaho. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kristie Wood.
I was born right here in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
One of my funniest and most open LDS friends and I were visiting on a warm afternoon outside her home. She had stated how she had grown frustrated with her young teen girl’s class at her ward “because they aren’t interested in religion”. I smiled and said that I had “trouble getting our teens interested in religion too”. She shockingly grinned at me as a fellow comrade on a similarly beguiling mission. I then followed my quandary with this, “I think it’s because they need a relationship not a religion”.
God was so gracious to have her share so perfectly what I wanted to communicate to her. It is not about conversion into a religion; it is however, about the spiritual conversion a soul has into Christ.
So in Christ what do I possess? An exhaustive study of this topic would be like absorbing Todd’s 95 theses (laughing). So I’ll commence with just one chapter in the Bible, – Ephesians 2. It would be helpful to read along while we look at this rich treasure house.
*I’ve been quickened from death in my sins (v.1)
*I’ve been saved from the cruel mastery of Satan the “prince of the power of the air” (v.2).
*I’ve been saved from my old self with its fulfilling the lusts of the flesh and of the mind (v.3).
*I’ve been shown rich mercy (v.4).
*I’ve been shown great love (v.4)
*I’ve been made to sit together with Christ in “heavenly places” (v.6).
*I’ve been promised eternal riches because of his grace and kindness through Christ Jesus (v.7).
*It’s a gift, and therefore I can never boast that I earned it. (v.8).
*I’m his workmanship “created in Christ Jesus”, and not a product of my own feeble craftsmanship (v.10).
*I’m made useful to him for good works (v.10).
*I’m a Gentile who was once an alien of Israel but now “in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (v11-13).
*I’m unified with believing Jews (v.16-17).
*I’ve access “by one Spirit unto the Father” (v.18).
*I’m a “fellow-citizen with the saints, and of the household of God” (v.19).
*I’m safe and secure as Jesus Christ is the “chief corner-stone” for my spiritual foundation (v.20).
*Alongside other believers I’ve been made a “fitly framed” member of God’s “holy temple in the Lord” (v.21).
*I’m a “habitation of God through the Spirit” (v.22) along with other believers.
A long-standing friend of mine from fifth grade has been considering a difficult decision. He stated to me “You’re going to be disappointed with me, but I’m reconsidering joining the Mormon Church”. I gently asked him in response “What more could the LDS church offer you than what Christ has already given you? Please read Ephesians 2.” Convert into Christ- not religion.
Thinking of heart issues,