See also: John 3:5
Would not the progress of the Church increase dramatically today with an increasing number of those who are spiritually reborn? Can you imagine what would happen in our homes? Can you imagine what would happen with an increasing number of copies of the Book of Mormon in the hands of an increasing number of missionaries who know how to use it and have been born of God? . . .
The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of the people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature. . . .
Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world.
Men changed for Christ will be captained by Christ. . . .
Men captained by Christ will be consumed in Christ. To paraphrase President Harold B. Lee, they set fire in others because they are on fire.
Their will is swallowed up in his will. .
They do always those things that please the Lord. . . . Not only would they die for the Lord, but more important they want to live for him.
Enter their homes, and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians.
They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. . .
When we awake and are born of God, a new day will break and Zion will be redeemed. — President Ezra Taft Benson, November 1985, pp. 5-6
When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed. “No man,” said President David O. McKay, “can sincerely resolve to apply to his daily life the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth without sensing a change in his own nature. The phrase ‘born again’ has a deeper significance than many people attach to it. This changed feeling may be indescribable, but it is real.” — Conference Report, April 1962, p. 7
Can human hearts be changed? Why, of course! It happens every day in the great missionary work of the Church. It is one of the most widespread of Christ’s modern miracles. If it hasn’t happened to you – it should.
Our Lord told Nicodemus that “except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Of these words President Spencer W. Kimball said, “This is the simple total answer to the weightiest of all questions. . . . To gain eternal life there must be a rebirth, a transformation.” (CR April 1958, p. 14) President McKay said that Christ called for “an entire revolution” of Nicodemus’s “inner man.” “His manner of thinking, feeling, and acting with reference to spiritual things would have to undergo a fundamental and permanent change.” (CR April 1960, p. 26.) — The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 77