“No More Desire to Do Evil”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
All who had been consumed by the power of God and carried away in a trance now come forth teaching and testifying of the same principles. There is no division among them. Their message is of the necessity of accepting Christ, the doctrine of revelation, and repenting and working of righteousness.

“They Had No More Desire to Do Evil”

Those whose hearts have been turned to God have their values turned to righteousness. After King Benjamin had delivered an inspired address, after his people had been converted, had experienced a “mighty change” by “the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent,” they had “no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2; compare Alma 13:12; 1 John 3:9).

Of his own conversion, President Joseph F. Smith said:

“The feeling that came upon me was that of pure peace, of love and of light. I felt in my soul that if I had sinned-and surely I was not without sin-that it had been forgiven me; that I was indeed cleansed from sin; my heart was touched, and I felt that I would not injure the smallest insect beneath my feet. I felt as if I wanted to do good everywhere to everybody and to everything. I felt a newness of life, a newness of desire to do that which was right. There was not one particle of desire for evil left in my soul.”

(Gospel Doctrine, p. 96, italics added.)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3