Sacrifice Necessary to Truly Know the Lord
When early pioneers were driven from their homes, how did they endure without losing their faith? How can we develop similar faith and strength? From Nauvoo, Illinois, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles describes the sacrifices made by the early Saints in order to follow the Savior. Citing the Savior’s command to “take up [your] cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), he says that deep spiritual truths do not come to us without sacrifice. If we wish to know the Savior, we must be willing to give up the things of the world and offer the Lord a broken heart and a contrite spirit, with faith that He will strengthen us and that His work will ultimately triumph. Elder Andersen testifies “with absolute certainty that [Jesus Christ] lives today. He is resurrected. Because of Him, we too will live again.”
Special Witnesses of Christ
In this series, the testimonies of prophets and apostles called as special witnesses of the Savior are presented, beginning with the First Presidency and continuing through the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Powerful individually, when presented as a group these testimonies provide an undeniable witness that the Savior lives.