Monday, April 22, 2019

Elder Neil L. Andersen on learning eternal truth

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.
"It does not matter if we are rich or poor, prominent or unknown, sophisticated or simple. Rather, our mortal quest is to strengthen our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, to choose good over evil, and to keep His commandments. While we celebrate the innovations of science and medicine, the truths of God go far beyond these discoveries.
"In opposition to the truths of eternity, there always have been counterfeits to distract God’s children from the truth. The arguments of the adversary are always the same....
"With the Restoration of the gospel, God has given us the way to learn and know essential spiritual truths: we learn them through the holy scriptures, through our personal prayers and our own experiences, through the counsel of the living prophets and apostles, and through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, who can help us to 'know the truth of all things' (Moroni 10:5)."
- Neil L. Andersen, "The Eye of Faith," General Conference April 2019
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All mankind has the same quest in mortality: to choose to follow God, obey His commandments, and draw close to Him. But there is great opposition to our achieving that quest. The adversary with all his tools and tricks will endeavor to dissuade us from the path. From the beginning of time, he has been diligent in fighting against God's plan. It becomes ever more important for us to fortify ourselves and prepare for the challenges.

Great keys to our gaining the spiritual knowledge that will prepare us for the future are in the fundamental behaviors that are commonly taught: scripture study, personal prayer, following inspired counsel, and seeking the promptings and companionship of the Holy Ghost. These things seem so obvious to us, but they have never been more important than now. We would each do well to evaluate and recommit.

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

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