Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ronald A. Rasband on the Lord's love for us

Elder Ronald A. Rasband (b. 1951) served as a Seventy beginning in 2000.  He was the senior president of the Seventy when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in October 2015.
"The Lord has said, 'Love one another; as I have loved you' (John 13:34). I'm confident that there is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them. That does not mean He excuses or condones sinful conduct—I'm sure He does not—but it does mean we are to reach out to our fellowman in love to invite, persuade, serve, and rescue. Jesus Christ looked past people's ethnicity, rank, and circumstances in order to teach them this profound truth.
"I have been asked many times when I received my testimony.
"I can't remember not believing in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have loved Them since I learned of Them at the knees of my angel mother, reading scripture and gospel stories. That early belief has now grown into a knowledge and a witness of a loving Heavenly Father, who hears and answers our prayers. My testimony of Jesus Christ has been built from many special experiences in which I have come to know His great love for each one of us."
- Ronald A. Rasband, "I Stand All Amazed," General Conference, October 2015, Sunday morning session
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In his first general conference address after being sustained as a member of the Quorum of Twelve, Elder Rasband spoke of his feelings about this sacred calling, and then shared this personal and pointed testimony of the Savior whom he now represents in a special way:

We are blessed by having leaders whose faith and testimony are firm and solidly-grounded. Ours will grow to the same standard if we follow their counsel.

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