Mighty Change: The Process of Going from Good to Better (Paperback)(edit)
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During our mortal probation, we experience adversity, temptations, and challenges as we prepare for eternity. By discussing doctrinal truths from the Book of Mormon, references from General Authorities of the LDS Church, and personal insights gained from his own life experiences, author Christopher R. Greenwood shows us many ways we can purify our spirits and fulfill our potential. He motivates us to search more deeply into our own hearts and desire the purifying effects of the Holy Spirit that will result in a mighty change. For those Latter-day Saints who seek transforming power in their lives, and with insights from the prophets, both ancient and modern, Brother Greenwood gently and reverently illuminates the path they should pursue.
What can occur in our lives and what steps can we take to make ourselves want and strongly desire to experience a mighty change of heart and thereby lose our disposition to do evil?
Some time ago, I saw the following statement written on a conference-room board. Interestingly, I have no idea who put it there or why, but I found the implications eternal – a genuine life lesson. This is what was written:
Which is stronger?
My urge to grow
My resistance to change
I love to ponder this question and ask myself honestly where I fit in according to this statement. When I evaluate myself or when I ponder, I ask myself if I can honestly say that, at that moment, my urge to grow is most dominant. Where do I fit in as a member of His Church and kingdom? Where should I fit in?
It is my prayer that by reading this book, it may contribute towards the beginning of a desire to perfect ourselves. Along with reading and applying the principles found in the scriptures, may they be the root cause of our desire to go from good to better and experience a mighty change of heart.
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About the Author
The Choice to Obey
Many times as I have taught lessons in my priesthood quorum or Sunday School classes, I have delivered the inspired words of the prophets and explained the repercussions and consequences of choosing not to follow them. Inevitably, someone in the audience will say, “Well, that’s nice for you, Brother Greenwood, but most of us are not at that point, yet, in our spiritual development!” Others in the audience will also be shaking their heads in agreement. How can I compassionately respond to such statements? I remember many times praying in my heart to be able to answer this question without offending.
“Who in here has been baptized a member of the Church?” I would ask. As expected, most would raise their hands. “At our baptisms, have we not taken a covenant to always obey Him?” I would query. “Do we not pledge to always remember Him when we take the sacrament each Sunday when we come to church?” Most would miss the point and say that the principles of the gospel are learned “line upon line, precept upon precept” (2 Nephi 28:30). Although it is a true principle that spiritual education does take time and effort to achieve, it is just not the whole picture. We know what is expected of us at our baptism. Therefore, this notion that we are only able to live the gospel principles we choose because we are at a different stage of spiritual development is false. The full text of 2 Nephi 28:30, however, gives a much broader understanding of how we progress in gospel knowledge and testimony: “For behold,” it begins, “thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.”
Clearly, in order to have a testimony of a gospel principle, it is first necessary to live it. I firmly believe, as this scripture teaches, that by living a principle (“hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel”) we will gain a fervent testimony, realize the gospel is true, and want to live it. Additionally, the pattern repeats itself: “for unto him that receiveth I will give more.” What a fantastic principle! The more you live the precepts, the more you will receive. I believe that the word receive implies having the Holy Ghost guide your life and finding out that your life is in accordance with God’s plan. Joseph Smith once wrote that it was imperative that each individual should have “an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to His will” (Lectures on Faith [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985], 3:5).
It is a wonderful blessing to know through the Spirit that your life is in complete compliance with what our Father in Heaven wants you to do and become. This blessing truly helps to build the preface to experiencing a mighty change, and positions our personal dispositions in complete alignment with His will. This complete alignment will also take away any desire to do evil. As it says in the Book of Mormon: “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.” (Mosiah 5:2)There are many questions that need to be addressed in order for us to tackle the issue head on! For example, why do members of the Church continue to do what they do when they know what they know? Why is there so much complacency or why are there so many “spiritual plateaus” with which some members are apparently so satisfied? Where does this complacency come from? Do these tendencies follow us from the premortal existence? Are these qualities and attributes developed and nurtured in our pre-earth life? Do we have any choice in the matter? My intention is to be able to answer each of these questions through the subsequent chapters of this book.
Our Own Disposition
Elder James E. Talmage makes an interesting comment in Jesus the Christ that helps me understand some of the questions about our own dispositions and character.
In this struggle between unembodied hosts [in premortality] the forces were unequally divided; Satan drew to his standard only a third part of the children of God, who are symbolized as the stars of heaven; the majority either fought with Michael, or at least refrained from active opposition, thus accomplishing the purpose of their first estate; while the angels who arrayed themselves on the side of Satan kept not their first estate, and therefore rendered themselves ineligible for the glorious possibilities of an advanced condition or second estate. (Jesus the Christ [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], 6–7; emphasis added)
According to this text, it is clear that there were some of the spirit children of our Father in Heaven who apparently chose to refrain from active opposition! Is it possible that this same disposition of neutrality can manifest itself today when we choose to be lukewarm (see Rev. 3:16) in our devotion or satisfied in our spiritual development? Taking this idea one step further, Elder Bruce R. McConkie states the following:
Being subject to law, and having their agency, all the spirits of men, while yet in the Eternal Presence, developed aptitudes, talents, capacities, and abilities of every sort, kind, and degree.… As the ages rolled, no two spirits remained alike. Mozart became a musician; Einstein centered his interest in mathematics; Michelangelo turned his attention to painting.… And so it went through all the hosts of heaven, each individual developing such talents and abilities as his soul desired. (The Mortal Messiah [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1979], 1:23; emphasis added)
We know that we lived with our Father in Heaven before we came here to mortality. Is it possible then, that the attributes and dispositions developed in the pre-earth life are just mirrored here in mortality? Does this mean that we are spiritually predisposed to complacency? And if so, then how can we overcome this natural inclination?
The intent of this book is to provide you with an understanding of your own divine nature and assist you in bringing to pass a mighty change of heart (see Alma 5:12) which leads to having no more disposition to do evil. It is my intention to provide instruction on overcoming this disposition of complacency through various chapters that discuss ways in which we can lift ourselves to higher levels of spiritual development and assist all our brothers and sisters of the gospel in doing the same. Look, if you will, at this verse from the Book of Mormon.
And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them. Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free. (Helaman 15:7–8)
Understandably, the path discussed here is not an easy one to choose. It’s always more difficult to choose the higher path than it is to follow our own carnal natures and desires. But let’s look at this verse of scripture and see how it tells us to go about achieving this change of heart that we are trying to accomplish.
The Key to Changing
In order to change, we first need to be “brought to the knowledge of the truth” (Helaman 15:7). That is the intent of the great missionary work going abroad on the face of this planet. It is part of the mission of the Church. Each one of us, at one point or another, is going to need to be brought to this knowledge of the truth. That is the first step.
Second, we need to “believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets” (v. 7). How easy it is to be given the truth, but how entirely different it is to believe.
One of the most beautiful principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the ability to know on a consistent basis not only that the Church is true but also that the individual principles of the gospel are true. For example, I can find out at any time through personal prayer and revelation that what we do in the temples is true, that there is a plan of salvation and that I am of great individual worth.
I well remember an experience on my mission in Australia. While knocking on doors one day, trying to find people to teach, my companion and I were invited into a home where two men and a young woman appeared to be eager to hear our message. We began by asking if we could have an opening prayer to invite the Spirit of the Lord to be present. The response was “no.” In our enthusiasm to teach the gospel, we started to teach anyway. What a mistake! How can you possibly teach the gospel without inviting the Spirit of the Lord? After we had discussed several principles of the gospel and had begun teaching about the Joseph Smith story, the investigators stopped us and said they had just received a revelation that they were to have us revoke our testimonies and join their church. They began to mock and ridicule some of the things we do in the temple. My companion and I then bore strong testimony about what we had discussed and promptly left. I was shaken and frightened. My companion appeared unruffled and told me that what they had done had not bothered him. But it had seriously affected me! I was really troubled.
As we traveled back to our apartment, their words kept traveling through my mind. During this time of personal spiritual introspection, my companion got a flat tire on his bike. We would be stopped for a while! I went on ahead a few feet and parked my bike under a streetlight. I sat down on the curb, thinking about what had just happened to us and wondering why I was so scared. At that point, I decided to pray to my Father in Heaven, who I knew from previous experience would answer my prayer. I began to vocalize the feelings of my heart, and I soon felt that wonderful spirit come into my being so powerfully that tears freely fell from my eyes. I knew that what we do in the temples is true! Every part of it! The best news is, we can find this out for any principle of the gospel. Not just temples or temple work. But any principle!
We are given the promise and the reassurance that we can know at any time the truthfulness of the gospel as long as we are worthy of the Holy Ghost (see 1 Nephi 15:11; 3 Nephi 27:27–28). What a tremendous and reassuring blessing!
So now we know that first, we must be brought to the knowledge of the truth, and secondly, we must believe the Holy Scriptures and the prophecies contained therein. We need exposure and belief! What do these two principles lead to? They “leadeth [us] to faith on the Lord” (Helaman 15:7), our third point. In other words, the beginnings of pure faith! Even with a little faith, powerful things can be accomplished (see Matt. 17:20). The fourth step is repentance, which ultimately leads to our objective, a change of heart. After the desired results begin to take place, we must exercise our faith proactively so that it only becomes stronger. The scriptures say to “repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you” and then ask that if you “believe all these things see that ye do them” (Mosiah 4:10; emphasis added).
What this means is that knowledge of the truth + belief in the scriptures + faith on the Lord + repentance = a change of heart. This is followed by a lifetime of fulfillment doing the things you know to be true! This is our formula for a change of heart so that we can do good continually, instead of evil.
The Need for Trials and Tribulations
Another interesting point to consider is the fact that in order to have a few first-class experiences, we often must pass through a few first-class trials. It is a fact and part of the gospel that in order to grow we must go through troubled times. We need to go through these rough spots in order to become more perfect and to be able to sit as equals at the same table as Abraham, Job, Moses and Joseph Smith. Trials develop our character and help us on our path to become more Christlike. As the Lord has said, “I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God. For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will try you and prove you herewith” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:11–12).
In order to become one of “the elect of God” (D&C 84:34), it is not only necessary but required that we pass through a few of life’s tribulations. How does this affect each of us personally? That is a question we will attempt to answer in a later chapter. But it is important for us to realize that without such trials, life would not be a challenge, and it is challenge that determines our eternal home, refines our character, and enables us to become closer to our Father in Heaven. We then need to realize that we cannot continue on this path without the help of our Savior and a complete understanding that He “hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?” (D&C 122:8)
I had the privilege of spending a great deal of my adult life in the United States Armed Forces. There are some great benefits associated with life in the military. My family and I have had opportunities that many people don’t ever get the benefit of having. Unfortunately, in military life there is the real likelihood that you can be deployed for a possible combat operation anywhere in the world at any given moment. One of the most difficult challenges in my life was the time I had to deploy to southwest Asia for seven months. At the time, my family and I were stationed in Germany, far away from grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters. I had to leave my wife and children in the hands of the Lord and in the hands of our ward. That was very difficult to do. Not that I didn’t trust the Lord or the Ward, but any time I was needed to leave for an extended amount of time to go to an unfamiliar environment for possible combat operations, I had a hard time leaving. My family and I grew much during those long and difficult days, and I feel now, in retrospect, that we became stronger for it. Would I have passed on this learning opportunity if given the chance? Absolutely! But did the experience make me a better person and make my family stronger? I am convinced that it did. I know from firsthand experience the difficulties and anxieties associated with long-term separation. It was an experience I could not have understood without having gone through it myself. The reunion with my family after that long deployment was one of the sweetest moments in my life!
Another principle of the gospel that will help us in our quest to experience a mighty change of heart and have no more disposition for evil (see Mosiah 5:2) is simply to continue to practice on a regular and consistent basis a variety of righteous endeavors whether they are studying, praying, or obeying the principles of the gospel. What you will discover is that eventually those endeavors will become easier to do. A former president of Brigham Young University, Ernest L. Wilkinson mentioned this in a 1963 BYU speech.
The late President Heber J. Grant was notorious for his comment, “That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do has increased.” I therefore suggest the more you practice studying, the more you do it, the easier it will be for you to study, and ultimately it will be one of your great enjoyments. (“Lifting One’s Sights” in BYU Speeches of the Year [Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University, October 1, 1963], 5)
Here’s an example of this. One of the things I hated doing most of all while I was serving in the military was jogging. I’m built more for comfort than for speed! But with consistent practice and daily perseverance, eventually, jogging became easier to do. My endurance increased significantly so that it became easier to do.
The Mighty Change
Bringing about a change of heart takes diligent work, but in the end the reward will be greater than any of us can understand. If you want to have a different disposition, remember the words of President Heber J. Grant. In a society where we can have just about anything now, one of the greatest challenges we face is to learn that a Christlike disposition and a change of heart will not happen overnight. But it will happen! You first need to want it! The Savior has promised us the following:
And now I go unto the Father. And verily I say unto you, whatsoever things ye shall ask the Father in my name shall be given unto you.
Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened. (3 Nephi 27:28–29)
You first need to recognize what it is that you want and then ask. In this scripture, the Savior wants us to know that if we need something all we have to do is ask in His name. The promise is so deceptively simple and is oftentimes not completely understood. Blessings will only come if we ask and if we make the effort. That is how we grow and develop. Think how boring life would be without any effort or struggle. We would all be stagnant—never growing, never developing, never yearning for something greater, and never finding out just how much we have inside of us to become more Christlike.
Then, after you ask, if you are patient, you will begin to experience “line upon line, precept upon precept” (D&C 98:12), a mighty change of heart, and you will receive “his image in your countenances” (Alma 5:14). Alma the Younger explained it this way:
Did not my father Alma believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? And was he not a holy prophet? Did he not speak the words of God, and my father Alma believe them?
And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true.
And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved. (Alma 5: 11–13, emphasis added
In the verses that follow, Alma continues, telling us exactly what we need to achieve.
And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?
Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?
I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
I say unto you, can ye think of being saved when you have yielded yourselves to become subjects to the devil?
I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved; for there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white; yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins. (Alma 5:14–21)
Doesn’t it make sense, then, that a change of heart can affect your disposition? I submit to you that the more righteous a person is, the more he or she is drawn to things of a spiritual nature. Ask yourself whom you are drawn to. Are you drawn to people who genuinely love the gospel, the Savior, and their neighbors? Or are you drawn to people who are more concerned about worldly issues and obtaining worldly fame and fortune? Where do you desire to spend your time?
With the Savior’s help, you can achieve a change of disposition. And that change will help you to realize your divine nature and give you a powerful incentive to change even more deeply, more spiritually. Only then will you achieve “a mighty change in…[your heart], that [you may] have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2). It will take time and discipline, but with the right frame of mind, a positive attitude, and diligent prayer, it can be done!
by Customer - reviewed on June 10, 2011
Reviewed by: Scott Hamilton Sydney, Australia I have read most of the book already and think that it is brilliant! You have a clear writing style that is accessible and not too wordy, yet it cuts to the heart of the matter. It is both practical and thought-provoking / challenging. I like the way that it encourages the reader to step out of his/her comfort zones. Obviously it is very well researched as the citations from various General Authorities are most apt in each case. The insights are deeply penetrating and well illustrated with personal experiences that draw in the reader. There is good balance between the philosophical, the personal and the practical and also an economy of words, which I would say is the true essence of style. While I was reading the book I felt a beautiful spirit of peace wash over me. I feel that it will inspire me and others to live the Gospel better - something that I really need in my life at this time. My other impression was of its sincerity, humility and integrity. - That it is written from a genuine desire to help others live the Gospel more fully and experience that "mighty change". I didn't detect any hint of "fame" or "celebrity" as being contributing motivators. You obviously have an extraordinary gift/facility for writing and want to share your valuable spiritual insights and wisdom with the world. That comes through unmistakably. The other impression that I felt - is that this God-given gift that is now being more fully realized surely must be a significant part of your mission here on earth. At any rate, I have really enjoyed what I have read. I am extremely impressed, admire and commend what you are doing and look forward to your future accomplishments.
OUTSTANDING new book!
by Customer - reviewed on June 10, 2011
Reviewed by Roy Schmidt I was asked to review this book by a friend. This is a risky thing to do as both the friend and the author stand a chance of being offended by the review, and I don't have so many friends that I can afford to lose one. I agreed anyway. When the book arrived, I looked it over, and wondered if I had done the right thing. It is inspirational, and I have found that most books in that genre are saccharine, and and not at all appealing to me. I had never heard of the author, nor the publisher, to say nothing of the several persons who wrote endorsements of the work. So, it sat on my table for several days. I happened to be surfing the television channels when I came across Robert J. Matthews giving a talk on BYU-TV. He is one of my heroes, and I considered it a great privilege to have studied with him, and served under him at the Mt. Timpanogas Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I not only learn from Brother Matthews, but he inspires me to want to be a better person. Then I looked again at the book on my table: A Mighty Change: The process of going from good to better, and thought, "Why not?" The author, Christopher R. Greenwood works for the Printing Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is married, and has five children. He served a mission for the Church, and studied at California State University, Sacramento, and the U. S. Army Logistics Management College. I believe this is his first book. I like it. Greenwood divided his work into nine chapters: The Choice to Obey, The Little Things, Ambition in the Lord's Church, Fasting, Trials of Faith, Repentance, Gossiping and Backbiting, Service, and The Fruits of Our Labors. I mined helpful nuggets from each. Here are a few observations: First, on "Ambition in the Lord's Church." We recently had a new bishop called in our ward. Speculation ran high with many people thinking the first counselor would be called. He was not. Instead, a man serving in the Young Men's organization was selected by the Lord. Many of us were surprised by the choice, and yet confirmation was received as we sat in the service. The first counselor remained in that position while a new second counselor was called. In any event, the change was orderly, and (I believe) no feelings were hurt. Years ago, my brother-in-law was called to be bishop of his ward. He knew of his calling several weeks before the change was made. Meanwhile, another member of the ward was so convinced he was going to be the new bishop, he painted the bishop's office, and arraigned the furniture to his liking. As I recall, he didn't take my brother-in law's selection kindly. Brother Greenwood reminds us the Lord is in charge, and that seeking office can be detrimental to our spiritual health. I've always put stock in President J. Reuben Clark's statement, "It's not where you serve, but how you serve that counts." The chapter on "Gossiping and Backbiting" is great. My neighbor refers to this as "sharing information." I must admit to being guilty of this on more than one occasion. Greenwood calls to our attention the consequences of such action. Among others, he quotes President George Albert Smith as follows: "Think of the sorrow and distress in the world, as the result of men and women gossiping about their neighbors, testifying to things, or referring to things that are not true, and implying that they are true. . . .This is one of the transgressions, that the Lord points out particularly, and we ought to be very careful. We should never testify to anything that is untrue. And if we are truthful always, our Heavenly Father has assured us happiness." Rather than participating in such destructive behavior, the author suggests we learn to focus our thoughts, and offers three suggestions: 1. Train yourself to be conscious of your thoughts. . . ., 2. Learn to scrutinize your thoughts to determine if they add or detract from your faith. 3. If a thought detracts from your faith, replace it with a thought that is based on faith. While this may be easier said than done, I think Greenwood is on to something. I particularly enjoyed the remark of Oscar Wilde found in the chapter on Trials of Faith, "If God wished to punish us, all he would need do is answer our prayers." Think about that one for a minute. I don't know how many times I have prayed for something, have not received it, but later realized how my life would have been adversely impacted if I had. I'm not sure I agree with the concept that "everything happens for a purpose," but I am sure that how we act when we have trials and tribulations determines to a large degree the kind of person we are. Other equally challenging concepts are found in the remaining chapters. Christopher Greenwood has done an outstanding job with this writing. He challenges us to become better, and I accept the challenge. I heartily recommend this book.
by Dennis - reviewed on June 14, 2011
Anyone desiring to follow the addage of taking a good person and making them better will benefit from the reminders contained in this little work. Going from good to better is the task of perfecting the Saints, one of the three main missions of the church and gospel. We all need support, assistance, and insight into the process, and such counsel is found here. I recommend the book to all those seeking improvement in their spiritual status before the Lord, Dennis
“A Mighty Change” is an enjoyable book to read.
by David - reviewed on June 05, 2012
“A Mighty Change” is an enjoyable book to read. It prompted me to think of my current standing with my own heart, and to make the necessary adjustments in my life so that I can work on the the mighty change in heart the Lord desires of me.
Enlightening! Great book!
by Customer - reviewed on June 21, 2011
This is a time in the world where there are many challenges and obstacles around every bend. Adults and children alike are being fooled by the adversary into thinking that there is no hope, and that there are no benefits to living the way the Savior taught. The Mighty Change is a book of hope and inspiration to all who read it. This book has made a difference in my life, and I strongly recommend it to others, including the youth that I work with on a daily basis. The principles taught in this book are enlightening, providing some much needed clarity in a world filled with so many justifications about right and wrong. Richard Swanson, School Administrator - Davis County, Utah
A wonderful work.
by Customer - reviewed on June 21, 2011
I have had an opportunity to read "The Mighty Change: The Process of Going from Good to Better". It is a wonderful work that applies scriptures to our daily lives. Chris has presented his work in such a way that it will inspire you and help you and your family come closer to our Heavenly Father and our Savior by applying the principles he presents. This is a wonderful work and you will be blessed for reading it. C. Vinn Roos, Manager, State of Utah
by Customer - reviewed on June 27, 2011
We have known Christopher R. Greenwood for over 20 years, and are very pleased that he has created this very readable text - valuable to old and young alike; you will be very well impressed by his research. Well done. President and Sister Leon T. and Flora M. Ballard Former President and Matron of the Snowflake Arizona Temple Former Mission President and Companion, Australia Brisbane Mission
This book has improved me!
by Customer - reviewed on June 27, 2011
A Mighty Change: The Process of Going from Good to Better by Christopher R. Greenwood, explores the realistic possibility of change and the need for opposition. Chris has tackled the elephant of sin and broken it down into bite sized pieces of faith, repentance, humility, and service. Reading it has not only improved my ability to recognize what I need to do, but has also given me the hope to do something about it. Jeremy Zaugg, US Military
A must have in addition to the standard works!
by Customer - reviewed on July 05, 2011
This is an original winner! Chris Greenwood has created a spiritual masterpiece! He has created an iron rod in a world of shifting values. Chris Greenwood has given us a great tool to edify and strengthen society! I recommend that this is one book to use both in personal and business life. Living the principles in this book has made me a better man! Chris Greenwood has masterfully produced a modern-day Liahonna. Erik L. Sorenson, President & CEO, Avalanche Marketing Group, LLC
Mormon Times Review: 'A Mighty Change' gives advice on becoming better by following the teachings of Christ
by Customer - reviewed on November 28, 2011
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.”
by Julie - reviewed on July 08, 2011
This book is written in a way that I was able to understand and apply the principals in my life. A lot of research has been put into each chapter and I think of this book more like a manual as to how I should live my life. I strongly recommend others to read it.
This book has already helped me out with how I look at my life.
by Stephen - reviewed on July 27, 2011
I really enjoyed reading this book, the life stories and how they relate to the Gospel principles helped me to take a look at what I'm doing now, and how I can change my life for the better. As you read this book your understanding of the Gospel will increase. I would recommend this book if you are looking to further your knowledge of the Gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book is a must read!
This is an excellent work.
by Jeff - reviewed on October 13, 2011
Chris nailed this right down to coffin. A Mighty Change is an excellent book. I recommend everyone to buy and read. It could change your life for the better.
A how to for me and you
by William - reviewed on April 28, 2012
We can all choose between good and bad. That's easy. But choosing the greater good, in fact choosing the greatest good is very difficult at best; and that is what Mr. Greenwoods book is all about. This book will give you a quintessential road map to achieve a Mighty Change. From first time seekers of truth and inspiration to seasoned spiritual giants. This is the must have for your personal library.