21 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away, and there were but few who were converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed.
(3 Nephi 7:21)
Conversion begins with trust. We take a leap of faith into the darkness. We choose to believe, and then we receive a confirmation that the belief was warranted. After we are converted, we share our experience with others, hoping that they will trust us enough to take a similar leap of faith.
About two years before the appearance of Jesus Christ on the American continent, only a few of the people had been converted unto the Lord. Those people testified boldly of the blessings of conversion. They believed in Jesus Christ, and “they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God.” The majority of the people, however, did not want to believe. When the prophet Nephi came among them and testified with such conviction that “they could not disbelieve his words,” they were angry (3 Nephi 7:18). They did not want to believe, and they were unwilling to accept the prophet’s message, even though it was clearly true.
Today, I will choose to believe in Jesus Christ. I will trust the Lord, my own past experiences, and the testimony of others. I will take leaps of faith, with confidence that my willing belief will open my heart to receive the Spirit of the Lord and be filled with the power of God.