"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we read and ponder these words we often think of those men and women who have taken the discussions and have been touched by the Spirit and as a result are baptised as members of the church.
This conversion is a process of changing one’s beliefs, heart, and life to accept and conform to the will of God (Acts 3: 19).
Conversion includes a conscious decision to give up one’s former ways and change to become a disciple of Christ.
Repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and continued faith in the Lord Jesus Christ make conversion complete. A natural man will be changed into a new person who is sanctified and pure, born again in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5: 17; Mosiah 3: 19).
As "a new creation," you don't have to allow the old things that happened to you to keep affecting your new life in Christ. You are a new creature with a new life in Christ. You can have your mind renewed according to the Word of God.
The hardest part is saying to yourself, "I want to change. I can't change myself, but I believe God will change me as I trust Him. I know it will take time, and I'm not going to get discouraged with myself. "God has begun a good work in me, and He is well able to bring it to full completion" (see Philippians 1:6).
We must first recognize how we should change, and then we must make those changes, thus putting on the new and beginning to live as we have never lived before—walking in a newness of life. This work is true, and this is the way to come unto Christ and walk in newness of life!
Bruce R. McConkie New Era June 1980:
"I would like to touch upon some spiritual realities and on some of the basic things that we need to do to work out our salvation and to be worthy, representative members of God’s kingdom here in this life and to qualify for eternal reward in the realms to be. It is true that you can reason about doctrinal matters, but you do not get religion into your life until it becomes a matter of personal experience—until you feel something in your soul, until there has been a change made in your heart, until you become a new creature of the Holy Ghost."
David A. Bednar, Ye Must Be Born Again:
"Alma declared: “Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; “And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God” (Mosi... We are instructed to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny [ourselves] of all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32), to become “new creature[s]” in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), to put off “the natural man” (Mosiah 3:19), and to experience “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).
Because we are human we are subject to "the natural man" and are carnal and we often make mistakes that require repentance. The awesome miracle of the Atonement washes away those mistakes allowing us to be better than we were the day before. At some point in our lives we experience a mighty in change in our hearts. When this happens we have the desire to make things right in our lives and then we only desire those things that are right and good.
There are many in the sphere of our influence that make mistakes and we need to be as the Savior; compassionate and forgiving. We must allow them to repent and to be bathed in the power of the Savior's Atonement. Every man has the divine right to seek for the blessings of the atonement.