The Mormon concept of conversion has two distinct yet complimentary understandings. On the one hand, conversion means to accept the teachings of Mormonism so that a person may have the opportunity to inherit eternal life. On the other hand, conversion means to “be changed.” By the power received through the Holy Ghost or the Atonement, faithful Mormons will have an ongoing change of behavior that is not only reflected in their obedience, but it is a change in their nature. This change is referred to as a “rebirth”.
“Conversion is a process, not an event. You become converted as a result of your righteous efforts to follow the Savior.” (True to the Faith, p. 41) Mormons continue the process of conversion by being worthy in their attempts to follow the process of repentance, remaining strong in keeping their covenant promises, and following all the commands and ordinances of the Church. “Because conversion is a quiet, constant process, you may be converted now and not realize it.” (True to the Faith, p. 41)
Mormons are regularly encouraged to strive for a greater conversion by following the Savior’s perfect example and the righteous examples of faithful Mormons. The blessings of joy and happiness are a by-product of their conversion if they continue to “study the [LDS] scriptures, pray in faith, keep the commandments, and seek the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.” (True to the Faith, p. 43)
Biblical Christianity teaches:
Conversion is not a process, but an event. It is the passage from the state of unbelief to the state of faith. The act of conversion means to be “turned around” from the darkness of sin to the light of life. This act can only be carried out by the power of God’s Word since a person dead in sin cannot resuscitate himself to life. (Eph. 2:5)