Mighty Change: The Process of Going from Good to Better

by Christopher R. Greenwood

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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:

The Million Dollar Question
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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VERY good read....
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was recommended to read this book by a friend. It was actually VERY good. Strongly recommend it.

“A Mighty Change” is an enjoyable book to read.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

“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.

Mormon Times Review: 'A Mighty Change' gives advice on becoming better by following the teachings of Christ
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.”

A must have in addition to the standard works!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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

This book has improved me!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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

Well researched..
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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 already helped me out with how I look at my life.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

A how to for me and you
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Life Changing!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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,

A wonderful work.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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

Enlightening! Great book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Brilliant book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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 is an excellent work.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

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