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  • 1. Spiritual Rebirth: Chapter 18True ConversionIntroduction C. Sanctification is a state of saintliness and purity. 1. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ are Sometimes we learn best by seeing the contrast commanded to become sanctified (see D&C 43:9,between white and black, good and evil, sour and 11, 16; 88:68; 133:4; 39:18).sweet. Alma the Younger appeared first in the Book 2. To be sanctified is to become holy and without sinof Mormon as a wicked and an idolatrous man (see Moroni 10:32–33).going among the Church members attempting to 3. Those who obtain eternal life in the presence ofdestroy the work of his father. During Alma’s God must be sanctified (see 3 Nephi 27:19–20;rebellion, an angel appeared to him and chastised D&C 76:20–21; 88:2, 116).him, bearing witness of God’s purposes. Alma was 4. Sanctification is attainable because of theso impressed by the visitation that for a time he was Atonement of Jesus Christ, but only if we obeyunable to move or speak. Finally, he stood upon his His commandments (see D&C 76:40–42; 43:9;feet and declared, “I have . . . been redeemed of the 88:21; 133:62).Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit” (Mosiah 27:24). 5. Sanctification comes by the power of the Holy An experience such as the one that so Ghost (see Alma 13:12; 3 Nephi 27:20; 1 Peter 1:2).transformed the life of Alma is essential to our 6. Those who are sanctified can fall (see D&C 20:34).own development within the gospel of JesusChrist. Our experience may not, and probably willnot, take the same form as Alma’s, but its results Supporting Statementscan be the same. We will be able to declare withAlma that we are “redeemed from the gall of A. All accountable persons must be born again ofbitterness and bonds of iniquity” and that our water and of the Spirit.“soul is pained no more” (Mosiah 27:29). ■ “The Son of God came into the world to redeem it from the fall. But except a man be born again, heDoctrinal Outline cannot see the kingdom of God. This eternal truth settles the question of all men’s religion. A manA. All accountable persons must be born again of may be saved, after the judgment, in the terrestrialwater and of the Spirit. kingdom, or in the telestial kingdom, but he can1. To receive salvation in the celestial kingdom, all never see the celestial kingdom of God, without members of the Church must be born again and being born of water and the Spirit” (Joseph Smith, receive the baptism of fire (see Mosiah 27:24–29; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 12). John 3:3–8; Alma 7:14). ■ “Alma was trying to arouse his hearers at2. To be born again is to be quickened by the Spirit Zarahemla to a realization that their being able and receive a change of heart (see Moses 6:65–66; to look up ‘to God at that day with a pure heart Mosiah 5:2, 5–7). and clean hands’ would depend upon their3. Our rebirth begins at baptism and is completed experiencing the mighty change wrought in men’s when we receive the companionship of the Holy hearts by the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost. Ghost and are cleansed from sin (see 3 Nephi “Reminding them that his father had accepted 12:1–2; Alma 36:24; Mormon 7:10). the words of Abinadi and that ‘according to his4. Being born again is a continual process (see Alma faith there was a mighty change wrought in his 5:14–31; 1 Peter 2:2). heart. . . . “‘And [that he had] preached the word untoB. Justification is being forgiven by the Lord and [their] fathers, and a mighty change was alsoset upon the path of righteousness. wrought in their hearts,’ he continued,1. Being born again justifies us before the Lord and “‘And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of puts us on the road to sanctification (see D&C the church, have ye spiritually been born of 20:29–31; Moses 6:60; 1 Corinthians 6:11). God? . . .2. Justification comes through faith in Jesus Christ “‘Have ye experienced this mighty change in and through individual righteousness (see JST, your hearts?’ (Alma 5:12–14). Romans 4:16; Romans 5:1, 9; Isaiah 53:11). “It was against this background that he put the3. All covenants pertaining to our exaltation must be question: ‘Can ye look up to God at that day with entered into in righteousness and be justified and a pure heart and clean hands?’ (Alma 5:19). sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise (see D&C “This ‘mighty change’ wrought by the baptism 132:7; 76:53). of fire and the Holy Ghost should and does, if the proselyte is prepared to receive it, occur when he is 49
  • 2. Chapter 18baptized by immersion for the remission of sins ■ “To be justified before God we must love oneand receives the laying on of hands for the gift of another: we must overcome evil; we must visitthe Holy Ghost—the two required ordinances for the fatherless and the widow in their affliction,being ‘born of water and of the spirit.’” (Marion G. and we must keep ourselves unspotted from theRomney, Look to God and Live, 269–70). world: for such virtues flow from the great■ “The first birth takes place when spirits pass fountain of pure religion, strengthening our faithfrom their pre-existent first estate into mortality; the by adding every good quality that adorns thesecond birth or birth ‘into the kingdom of heaven’ children of the blessed Jesus, we can pray in thetakes place when mortal men are born again and season of prayer; we can love our neighbor asbecome alive to the things of the Spirit and of ourselves, and be faithful in tribulation, knowingrighteousness. The elements of water, blood, and that the reward of such is greater in the kingdomSpirit are present in both births. (Moses 6:59–60.) of heaven. What a consolation! What a joy! LetThe second birth begins when men are baptized me live the life of the righteous, and let myin water by a legal administrator; it is completed reward be like his!” (Smith, Teachings, 76).when they actually receive the companionship of C. Sanctification is a state of saintliness and purity.the Holy Ghost, becoming new creatures by the ■ “To be sanctified is to become clean, pure, andcleansing power of that member of the Godhead” spotless; to be free from the blood and sins of the(Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 101). world; to become a new creature of the Holy Ghost,B. Justification is being forgiven by the Lord and one whose body has been renewed by the rebirthset upon the path of righteousness. of the Spirit. Sanctification is a state of saintliness,■ “What then is the law of justification? It is a state attained only by conformity to the laws andsimply this: ‘All covenants, contracts, bonds, ordinances of the gospel” (McConkie, Mormonobligations, oaths, vows, performances, Doctrine, 675).connections, associations, or expectations’ (D. & C. ■ “When the will, passions, and feelings of a132:7), in which men must abide to be saved and person are perfectly submissive to God and Hisexalted, must be entered into and performed in requirements, that person is sanctified. It is for myrighteousness so that the Holy Spirit can justify will to be swallowed up in the will of God, that willthe candidate for salvation in what has been done. lead me into all good, and crown me ultimately(1 Ne. 16:2; Jac. 2:13–14; Alma 41:15; D. & C. 98; with immortality and eternal lives” (Brigham132:1, 62.) An act that is justified by the Spirit is Young, in Journal of Discourses, 2:123).one that is sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, or ■ “I will put my own definition to the termin other words, ratified and approved by the Holy sanctification, and say it consists in overcomingGhost” (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 408). every sin and bringing all into subjection to the law■ “Justification is a judicial act, whereby God of Christ. God has placed in us a pure spirit; whendeclares that the sinner who repents and by faith this reigns predominant, without let or hindrance,accepts the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, and who is and triumphs over the flesh and rules and governsbaptized according to the Word of God, is acquitted and controls as the Lord controls the heavens andand received into His Kingdom” (Hyrum M. Smith the earth, this I call the blessing of sanctification”and Janne M. Sjodahl, The Doctrine and Covenants (Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, 10:173).Commentary, 104).50