Well, besides the fact that it really sounds cool, in a hip – web 2.0 sort of way, believe it or not it’s actually a bit deeper than that.”Ongofu” is Swahili for “to be converted, reformed, or rehabilitated”.


Conversion isn’t an event, and it’s more than a process, it’s a lifestyle.  It’s an attitude, and requires regular recommitment.  The Book of Mormon teaches us through poignant repetition the inevitable end of people and societies who forsake their conversion, take it for granted, and for whom it becomes commonplace.

“For my spirit shall not always strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts” (D&C 1:33).  And so, it becomes readily apparent, the need for us to adopt a lifestyle of conversion, rich with regularly recurring events that reset our righteousness, and rebuild our resolve.

Daily scripture study, regular meaningful prayer, and church attendance.  A life filled with such simple, sustainable steps shall be strong enough to withstand even the most powerful winds which shall wail against it.


In the most literal sense of the word, to be reformed is to be made into something else, something we weren’t before.  There’s a poem that I memorized in college that articulates this point nicely.

Life Sculpture
George Washington Doane

Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boy
With his marble block before him,
And his eyes lit up with a smile of joy,
As an angel-dream passed o’er him.

He carved the dream on that shapeless stone,
With many a sharp incision;
With heaven’s own light the sculpture shone,
He’d caught that angel-vision.

Children of life are we, as we stand
With our lives uncarved before us,
Waiting the hour when, at God’s command,
Our life-dream shall pass o’er us.

If we carve it then on the yielding stone,
With many a sharp incision,
Its heavenly beauty shall be our own,
Our lives, that angel-vision.


The concept of rehabilitation is to take something that isn’t well, and restore it to good health.  Such is the sanctifying effect of the Holy Ghost, and the natural result of personal conversion and reformation.  Our ongoing spiritual rehabilitation is of utmost importance to our salvation, and the process of rehabilitation, like conversion, must be perpetual. 

And so, because of the natural importance of these three concepts (conversion, reformation, and rehabilitation), in the life of one striving to be better, but acknowledging their imperfections (and because it just sounds so cool), I decided to call my blog…


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4 Responses

  1. It IS cool!
    You are such a talented writer. I am glad to finally know what it means (but am I pronouncing it correctly… On – GO – foo?)
    Love the poem. All the best.

  2. LOL, thanks. I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce it, but I pronounce it exactly like you describe it above.

    And thank you for the compliment, I really enjoy just blabbering about stuff.

  3. Hi!

    By chance I just hit your page and I must say it is really interesting to me! I agree with the first commentator, you are a very talented writer!

    Well, I do not belong to your religion (do you guys actually call it religion?), but I was very inspired by your words. At least it made me inform myself about what you believe in and found many parallels. Especially the topic Ongofu here is really great! This is why I posted here…

    I wish you a great time and success for your page. May many others be inspired by your words!
    Of course you are also heartly invited to my page.

    Best wishes, Ruka

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