Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke in the course of the Sunday afternoon session of October 2022 common convention. He invited Latter-day Saints to mirror on 4 questions relating to a sworn statement. The next is a abstract of what he stated.
Elder Stevenson’s convention discuss abstract
Mirror upon 4 questions.
First, “Do I do know and perceive what a sworn statement is?”
Second, “Do I understand how to bear my testimony?”
Third, “What are the obstacles in sharing my testimony?”
Fourth, “How do I preserve my testimony?”
A sworn statement is perception in or information of fact, given as a non secular witness via the Holy Ghost. Key parts could embrace: God is a loving Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ is the Son of the residing God, Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, the Church is God’s restored Church, and the restored Church is led by a residing Prophet in the present day.
People bear testimony after they share non secular emotions with others, both spoken or via righteous conduct.
One impediment could also be uncertainty about what to say. Bear witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and ideas will flood into the bearer’s thoughts. One other impediment could be concern. “Having religion … will mean you can overcome these emotions and freely share what’s in your coronary heart.”
A sworn statement should be nourished with a lot care — via the phrase of God, prayer, obedience to commandments and collaborating in temple and household historical past work.
Notable quotes from Elder Stevenson’s convention discuss
Every time you bear vocal witness or exhibit via your actions your dedication to comply with Jesus Christ, you invite others to ‘come unto Christ.’
Alternatives to [bear testimony] within the digital universe utilizing inspiring content material of our personal or sharing uplifting content material ready by others are limitless.
When a second to bear testimony comes, seize it and embrace it. You’ll really feel the heat of the Comforter inside you if you do.
Who’s Elder Stevenson?
- Elder Gary E. Stevenson was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 3, 2015. He had been serving because the presiding bishop since 2012.
- Elder Stevenson has lived greater than 9 years in Japan — first as a missionary serving within the Japan Fukuoka Mission, then as president of the Japan Nagoya Mission from 2004 to 2007, and as space president of the Church’s Asia North Space from 2008 to 2012. In 2016, he joined President Russell M. Nelson who devoted the Sapporo Japan Temple, and later accompanied President Henry B. Eyring as he rededicated the Tokyo Japan Temple in 2022.
- He met his spouse, Sister Lesa Jean Higley Stevenson, at Utah State College. The couple married Aug. 20, 1979, within the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, and are the dad and mom of 4 sons.
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