Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf on being close to Heavenly Father

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf (born November 6, 1940) served as a Seventy from 1994-2004, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve.  He served as second counselor in the First Presidency from 2008 to 2018.
"First, draw close to God. The first great commandment is to love God. It is a primary reason why we are on this earth. Ask yourself, 'Do I really believe in Heavenly Father?'
"'Do I love and trust Him?'
"The closer you draw to our Heavenly Father, the more His light and joy will shine from within you. Others will notice that there is something unique and special about you. And they will ask about it."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart," General Conference April 2019
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Elder Uchtdorf's message offered suggestions on how to effectively share the gospel message with those around us. This first point was especially appropriate. As we draw close to God and follow the Savior's example and His commandments in our life, there will be visible evidence of the changes that occur in our character and our appearance. The light of the Spirit shines from the countenance of a true disciple!

As our love and trust for God become deeper and more sincere, we become more like Him, and the evidence of His work becomes obvious to those around us who are honest in heart. That is the easiest and best way to share the message of the gospel: in the example of our lives!

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

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