Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Elder Neil L. Andersen on following prophets in faith

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.
"Should we really be surprised when the Lord’s prophets declare His will and, for some, questions remain? Of course, some reject the voice of the prophets immediately, but others prayerfully ponder their honest questions—questions that will be settled with patience and an eye of faith. If the proclamation had been revealed in a different century, there would still have been questions, just different questions than those of today. One purpose of prophets is to help us in resolving sincere questions.
"Prior to being the President of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson said: 'Prophets see ahead. They see the harrowing dangers the adversary has placed or will yet place in our path. Prophets also foresee the grand possibilities and privileges awaiting those who listen with the intent to obey.' (Russell M. Nelson, 'Stand as True Millennials,' Ensign, Oct. 2016, 31)
"I testify to the truth and spiritual power of the united voice of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve."
- Neil L. Andersen, "The Eye of Faith," General Conference April 2019
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Elder Andersen spoke of the challenges we face in modern times as we consider complex issues in society, as they relate to the counsel and instruction that comes from prophets. Sometimes there are questions and struggles as we interpret that counsel and strive to apply it to our situation. He reassured us that those questions are not inappropriate:

The key is always to "prayerfully ponder [our] honest questions" and know that answers and reassurance will come through "patience and an eye of faith." We must learn to trust in the Lord and His timetable. As we proceed with confidence based on what we do know, uncertainty about things we do not know will be resolved. We should "listen with the intent to obey" and we will be blessed.

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

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