To help you prepare for General Conference this October, we’re highlighting one apostle every day up to Conference weekend. Today’s apostle is Elder Andersen, who was sustained on April 4, 2009. He is beloved as a great teacher and a powerful witness of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Here’s a list of quotes from each of his previous 10 talks in General Conference, along with links to his full talks:
1: “The power of God’s holy priesthood is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I testify that as you worthily participate in the ordinances of the priesthood, the Lord will give you greater strength, peace, and eternal perspective. Whatever your situation, your home will be “blessed by the strength of priesthood power” and those close to you will more fully desire these blessings for themselves.” (“Power in the Priesthood,” October 2013) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/power-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng
2: “Have you ever stood in the temple, dressed in white, waiting to do baptisms? How did you feel? There is a tangible feeling of holiness in the temple. The peace of the Savior subdues the swirling whirlwinds of the world.
“The way you feel in the temple is a pattern for how you want to feel in your life.” (“Spiritual Whirlwinds,” April 2014) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/spiritual-whirlwinds?lang=eng
3: “I testify that Joseph Smith was an honest and virtuous man, a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did appear to him. He did translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God.
“In our society beyond the veil of death, we will clearly understand the sacred calling and divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. In that not-too-distant day, you and I and “millions [more] shall know ‘Brother Joseph’ again.” (“Joseph Smith,” October 2014) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/joseph-smith?lang=eng
4: “We are a very large worldwide family of believers, disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“We have taken His name upon us, and each week as we partake of the sacrament, we pledge that we will remember Him and keep His commandments. We are far from perfect, but we are not casual in our faith. We believe in Him. We worship Him. We follow Him. We deeply love Him. His cause is the greatest cause in all the world.” (“Thy Kingdom Come,” April 2015) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/thy-kingdom-come?lang=eng
5: “Although your beginning fire of faith may be small, righteous choices bring greater confidence in God, and your faith grows. The difficulties of mortality blow against you, and evil forces lurk in the darkness, hoping to extinguish your faith. But as you continue to make good choices, trust in God, and follow His Son, the Lord sends increased light and knowledge, and your faith becomes settled and unwavering. President Thomas S. Monson said: ‘Fear not. … The future is as bright as your faith.’” (“Faith is Not by Chance, but by Choice,” October 2015) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/faith-is-not-by-chance-but-by-choice?lang=eng
6: “My friend Max was baptized when he was eight years old. His father was not a member of any church, and Max could go to church or not go.
“As a teenager, after not attending for several months, Max had the feeling that he needed to go back to church and determined one Sunday morning that he would return. But his resolve weakened as he approached the front door of the church; his stomach tightened.
“There, standing at the door, was the new bishop. Max didn’t know him, and he felt sure the bishop didn’t know Max. As Max approached, the bishop’s face lit up, and he put his hand out and said, ‘Max, it’s so good to see you!’
“‘As he spoke those words,’ Max said, ‘a warm feeling came over me and I knew I had done the right thing.’
“Knowing someone’s name can make a difference.” (“Whoso Receiveth Them, Receiveth Me,” April 2016) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/whoso-receiveth-them-receiveth-me?lang=eng
7: “I suggest that you stop feeling guilty about any insufficiency you think you have in sharing the gospel. Rather, pray “to stand as [a witness] of God.” This is a much stronger motivation than guilt.” (“A Witness of God,” October 2016) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/a-witness-of-god?lang=eng
8: “Overcoming the world means turning ourselves outward, remembering the second commandment: “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” The happiness of our spouse is more important than our own pleasure. Helping our children to love God and keep His commandments is a primary priority. We willingly share our material blessings through tithing, fast offerings, and giving to those in need. And as our spiritual antennas are pointed heavenward, the Lord guides us to those we can help.” (“Overcoming the World,” April 2017) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/overcoming-the-world?lang=eng
9: “I give you my witness that Jesus is the Christ, that He guides the affairs of this sacred work, and that general conference is one of the very important times He gives direction to His Church and to us personally.” (“The Voice of the Lord,” October 2017) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/the-voice-of-the-lord?lang=eng
10: “In a future day, looking back on our mortality, we will rejoice that we walked the earth at the time of a living prophet. At that day, I pray that we will be able to say: We listened to him. We believed him. We studied his words with patience and faith. We prayed for him. We stood by him. We were humble enough to follow him. We loved him.
“I give you my solemn witness that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, and that President Russell M. Nelson is His anointed prophet upon the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” (“The Prophet of God,” April 2018) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2018/04/the-prophet-of-god?lang=eng
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