Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 5 (Disposition to Do Good)

2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.

King Benjamin’s people receive the Gospel with all of their heart and in that instant their desires are transformed. Because their hearts are changed, they have become sons and daughters of God and Christ. This is the very change that Benjamin described a few chapters ago when he spoke about no longer having a desire to harm one another, but to love in peace.

This disposition is one that I can testify comes as part of the process of conversion. But it is a hard one to maintain. The natural man always beckons. He always calls us to be selfish and self-centered. He lusts after temporal pleasure and praise. He calls us to envy and spite our neighbor. He leads us to quarrel and anger at those we care about.

But in moments when we seek to have his spirit to be with us, we can drive away the natural man and become a saint. In sacred places like church or the temple we can most acutely feel this tug or disposition to do good. We can over time slowly overcome the natural man and become saints. This process is slow, but it is essential. And it is only if we retain in remembrance our remission of sins that it becomes possible.

I’m grateful for a plan of salvation and a savior that allow me to overcome my weakness and folly. I am grateful for the grace of God that takes unworthy and sinful me and purifies me so that I can eventually become like my savior and like my father in heaven.

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