Sunday, October 29, 2017

President Boyd K. Packer shares a witness of the Savior

President Boyd K. Packer (1924-2015) served as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve (a position that no longer exists) from 1961 to 1970, when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.  He served as president of that Quorum from 1994 until his death on July 3, 2015 at age 90.
"Each member serves as a testimony of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We are at war with the forces of the adversary, and we need each and every one of us if we are going to succeed in the work the Savior has for us to do....
"As one of the Twelve Apostles, I bear witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives. He is our Redeemer and our Savior. 'Through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved' (Articles of Faith 1:3). He presides over this Church. He is no stranger to His servants. As we move into the future with quiet confidence, His Spirit will be with us. There is no end to His power to bless and direct the lives of those who seek truth and righteousness."
- Boyd K. Packer, "The Reason for Our Hope," General Conference, October 2014
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President Packer didn't say "each member shares a testimony" or "each member bares a testimony"—he said "each member serves as a testimony." We don't have to say or write anything; our lives, our personages, our every mannerism should bear witness to the course we are choosing to follow.

I always love to notice the testimonies of the Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ. This was one of the final conferences President Packer would participate in during this life. His witness, after a lifetime of study and service, is powerful:

A true disciple has no need to fear; he can "move into the future with quiet confidence" knowing that God's help is ever present for those "who seek truth and righteousness."

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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