Monday, January 14, 2019

Elder Neil L. Andersen on how we are perceived by others

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.
"I witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He suffered and died for our sins and rose the third day. He is resurrected. In a future day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is the Christ. (See Romans 14:11.) On that day, our concern will not be, 'Do others consider me Christian?' At that time, our eyes will be fixed on Him, and our souls will be riveted on the question, 'What thinks Christ of me?'"
- Neil L. Andersen, "What Thinks Christ of Me?," General Conference April 2012
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We sometimes have the tendency to worry about how we are perceived by others. There are good aspects of that; we want others to recognize our discipleship, to know where our loyalty lies, or to see the differences between worldly ways and our ways. These kind of perceptions enable us to be a "light" to those around us. But there are also dangers if we're only worried about being recognized for our importance, having influence and respect, being in charge, etc. Prideful self-importance is a dangerous thing, very contrary to humble discipleship.

In this message, Elder Andersen points out a critical point related to this concept. The day will come when the perceptions of others matter not a whit. Ultimately, there is only One's opinion about us that will matter:

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2019)

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