Out of all the amazing talks, given in this past October’s 184th Semi-Annual General Conference of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints, Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk had several points resonating with me that I felt I should share on my blog.
1″Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers from God.”
2″We might remind the sincere inquirer that Internet information does not have a “truth” filter.”
3″ You may understandably question what you hear on the news, but you need never doubt the testimony of God’s prophets.”
4″You won’t be of much help to others if your own faith is not securely in place.”a
A major point of spiritual inquiry for myself at age 16 was is the Book of Mormon true? I had been taught that it was scripture or the word of God but I wanted to know for myself it was true so I read the whole thing! Then I did as the prophet Moroni directs in the following verses found at the end of the book:
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10:3-5)b
After reading this passage, I knelt down in my room and bowed my head to utter a heartfelt plea to God to answer my inquiry. At first my mind was somewhat scattered and I realized I wasn’t being completely sincere so I asked a second time to know if the book was true. This time I felt a feeling of warmth rush over me and I knew that was God’s spirit confirming to me the truth of the Book of Mormon.
You cannot find an answer like that by surfing the internet. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Furthermore, I know His servant Joseph Smith the prophet translated it by the power of God and that through Joseph, the Lord restored His church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints, as it existed anciently with living prophets on the earth today. As members of this church “we believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers,evangelists, and so forth.”c
Elder Andersen ended his talk with an invitation to share scriptures we know to be absolutely true and I know that the scriptures I shared above to be exactly that.