Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Elder Neil L. Andersen on recognizing God's hand in our life

Elder Neil L. Andersen (born August 9, 1951) served as a Seventy beginning in 1993, and was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2009.
"Brothers and sisters, seeing and believing the Lord’s miracles in establishing His kingdom on earth can help us see and believe that the Lord’s hand is at work in our own lives as well.
"The Lord declared, 'I am able to do mine own work.' (2 Nephi 27:20.) We each try to do our part, but He is the grand architect. Under the direction of His Father, He created this world. 'All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.' (John 1:3.) As we are spiritually awake and alert, we see His hand across the world and we see His hand in our own personal lives."
- Neil L. Andersen, "Thy Kingdom Come," General Conference, April 2015
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The Lord's hand is at work among us. Elder Andersen testifies that we can witness its influence as we first recognize the evidence of divine work in the establishment of His kingdom on earth; that will lead to awareness of how the Lord works in more specific and personal ways:

I love the description and challenge contained in this phrase: "As we are spiritually awake and alert...." One who is spiritually awake is watching and noticing the spiritual things that are occurring in his life. Too often, we are dozing or distracted and don't even recognize God's hand as it influences our path, gives us help and encouragement, and blesses our lives. We need to awaken and be watching, and we'll be blessed to see that divine influence more than we expect!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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