How to Convert to the Mormon Faith

by Eric Herboso

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known informally as the Mormon Church, considers itself a restoration Christian church. Most members spend at least one year of their lives actively recruiting new converts through an obligatory mission. Conversion to the Mormon faith is a life-changing endeavor that you should not enter into lightly. In fact, the Church refers to it as "a rebirth, a change of heart and a baptism of fire."

Study the teachings of the Church. Learn about the plan of salvation, which is an important part of Mormon belief. Also study the beliefs the Church holds about modern-day prophets, including Joseph Smith, who adherents believe translated the Book of Mormon after seeing God in a vision. Go to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visitor center for more information and in-depth study.

Read the entire book of Mormon and pray for God reveal it as truth to you. Pray about your interest in the Mormon Church. If you do convert, praying will become a big part of your daily life. Spend time soul searching and look at the Church objectively without pressure from current members to determine if it is right for you. Since some missionaries have specific goals to convert new members, you want to make sure that the decision comes from yourself, not pressure to meet someone else's expectation.

Repent your past sins. Examine what they are. Feel remorse for having committed them and make a strong commitment to stop doing them from this moment on. The willingness to leave sin behind is an important part of repenting.

Give up, tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol, and any other addictive substance, if you partake in them. There is a strict health code in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that prevents members from indulging in these things. In addition, be willing to commit to the chastity law that forbids sex outside of marriage.

Schedule a baptismal interview with the local Mormon temple. Go to the interview at the scheduled time to help determine if you meet the standards for baptism as established in the Book of Mormon. Ask questions in this session as well to contemplate whether you are prepared to receive the Holy Ghost. This interview also serves to help meet the requirement that you witness before a representation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that you have truly repented for your past sins.

Fill out the baptism record form and be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ward mission leader performs the baptism and confirmation. This is a spiritual highlight and day of celebration for converts. Invite friends and family member to celebrate the occasion.

Share the gospel. According the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it's important for members of the Church to share their faith.

Tip

  • Speak to both a Mormon missionary and an objective second person about any questions and concerns you have about the faith. While a missionary is motivated to encourage you to join the Church, you also need to have someone who is willing to see things objectively and give you advice.

Warning

  • Do not convert to the Mormon faith until you have thoroughly read and understood the teachings of the Church.

About the Author

Eric Herboso is a nonprofit social media expert with articles appearing in national print magazines and throughout the blogosphere since 2003. He regularly gives talks and seminars at national nonprofit conventions, helping charities optimize their effectiveness through social media. He is currently working on a graduate degree in applied ethics from Stanford.

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