At the last General Conference, in one of his talks, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency, talked about meeting an elderly man. After describing the meeting he remarks: “He was an example of the fully converted Latter-day Saints I meet often after they have given a life of dedicated service. They press on. President Marion G. Romney described it this way: ‘In one who is wholly converted, desire for things [contrary] to the gospel of Jesus Christ has actually died, and substituted therefor is a love of God with a fixed and controlling determination to keep his commandments.’” (Ensign, Nov, 2011, p. 70, emphasis added)
Note the two things I emphasized in that quote. First he says he meets such people often. In other words, according to him, a fully converted person is not that rare. And secondly, one of the main characteristics of who is wholly converted is that the “desire for things contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ has actually died”.
Really? Such a person never again has a sinful desire? Not one sniff of sinful anger or revenge? Not one self-centered or selfish yearning? Not one twinge of lust or greed? Not one moment of doubt or worry? No trace of apathy?
This is a condition not even claimed by biblical prophets. When the prophet Isaiah saw a vision of the Lord he exclaimed: “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6:5) This is something not even claimed by the Lord’s apostles. Paul lamented: “For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19). But President Eyring says he meets such people often!
There has been only one person who, at the time of his death, had no sinful desires. That person was Jesus. That is why his death was an acceptable sacrifice for sin. And that is why his death was a necessary sacrifice for sin. For absolutely everybody else continues to have sinful desires until the day of his or her death. And that is why whoever is saved is saved entirely on what Jesus has done and not, in any way, in what they do. To Jesus, and to Jesus alone, be the glory.