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Review: 'A Mighty Change' gives advice on becoming better by following the teachings of Christ

By Mike Whitmer

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

"A Mighty Change"

Eborn Books

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"A MIGHTY CHANGE," by Christopher R. Greenwood, Eborn Books, $14.95, 159 pages (nf)

When King Benjamin, an ancient American prophet, was about to pass his leadership position on to Mosiah, his son, he asked for one last meeting with his faithful subjects and their families. His purpose was to impress on them the necessity of maintaining a constant vigil in the pursuit of righteousness.

At the conclusion of his speech, it is recorded, “he sent among them, desiring to know of his people if they believed the words which he had spoken unto them” (Mosiah 5:1).

The response must have been gratifying to the aged king: “And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou has 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” (Mosiah 5:2).

In his first book, "A Mighty Change," author Christopher Greenwood considers what it takes for faithful followers of Jesus Christ in the latter-days to achieve and maintain the same significant experience. Drawing from personal stories, scriptural accounts and messages from modern prophets, Greenwood examines attributes that will invite and affirm the "mighty change" experienced by King Benjamin’s people.

Beginning with the need to make an individual choice to obey, this book offers insight into some of the ways people can invite more of the Spirit of the Holy Ghost into their spiritual lives.

One of the steps involves a desire to look and see what else God would require. Quoting another Book of Mormon prophet, the author suggests that in order to begin the change, man must be “brought to the knowledge of the truth” (Helaman 15:7).

Other chapters in this volume focus on fasting, repentance, trials, service and personal revelation. Each is designed to help the reader consider necessary changes that will allow for a more abundant life.

Greenwood has assembled a well-thought-out guidebook that will assist any searcher who is interested in becoming a better Saint find the way. Not meant to replace the scriptures, this book can serve as a companion volume to the journey to achieve “a mighty change.”

Mike Whitmer lives in West Valley City and his email is grundelwalken@gmail.com.

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