Well, I will be leaving for Samoa next Sunday. I am amazed how fast this is going by.
This week one of the 70 came and talked to us, I don't remember his name, but he talked about how to help people (including ourselves) become truly converted to the Gospel. He talked about 3 kinds of knowledge: head knowledge, heart knowledge, and soul knowledge. All three kinds of knowledge are essential to true conversion.
Head knowledge comes when we are taught about a doctrine or principle. When we understand something we have head knowledge.
Heart knowledge comes when the spirit testifies to us about what we have learned and creates desire to follow what we have learned.
Soul knowledge comes as we apply what we have learned and gain a testimony through experience.
Applying these steps has not only helped me in my personal development, but it has helped me teach my investigators and help them come unto Christ. I know that when we try our hardest to follow these steps and become converted to the Gospel then we will be blessed in our efforts.
Another important thing I've learned is that having a testimony is different then being converted. There have been people who have fallen away from the church but still have a testimony of some of the teachings. These people have head knowledge and maybe even heart knowledge, but they lack soul knowledge. They stopped acting on their testimony and so they lost their conversion.
Ou mulimau atu, Ou te iloa afai tatou te mana`o ina `ia maua se mulimou ma aeva moni converted e le talalelei a Iesu Keriso, E au one tatou mulimuli poloa`iga o le Atua, ma fa`asoa i le poto na maua i tatou.