Thursday, September 24, 2015

Neil L. Andersen on the spiritual journey of life

Elder Neil L. Andersen (1951- ) served as a Seventy beginning in 1993, and was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2009.
"Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line. We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We include a continuing commitment to prayer, a willingness to be obedient, and an ongoing witness of the Book of Mormon. (The Book of Mormon is powerful spiritual nourishment.)
"We then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lord's answer will be, 'You don't know everything, but you know enough'—enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right. Remember Nephi's words: 'I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things' (1 Nephi 11:17)."
- Neil L. Andersen, "You Know Enough," Ensign, Nov 2008, pp. 13-14
Click here to read the full talk

It's important to learn, and then to remember, this principle. Life is a journey, and one where we sometimes don't clearly see the end or all the steps that lead us there. That process comes "step-by-step, line upon line." But we have to be moving forward to have those steps occur! And it depends on the proper foundation of "faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."

But the insight Elder Andersen gives is particularly important: we don't know everything along that path of mortal progress; but we know enough. We must learn to trust in the knowledge we have and move forward with faith and hope. That is the only way to complete the journey!

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