- I have never taken lightly or casually the opportunity of sustaining and being guided by the Lord’s servants. And being just months into my own new calling as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, I am humbled by your sustaining vote and confidence. I treasure your willingness to stand with me and with all of these great leaders.
Questions about the church and about our testimonies are natural and good. Elder Rasband says that questions help build us and we need to remember that this church was restored from the start by a boy with a question about his beliefs.
- Questions are an indication of a further desire to learn, to add to those truths already in place in our testimonies, and to be better prepared to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ.”
- The Restoration of the gospel began with a youth, Joseph Smith, asking a question. Many of the Savior’s teachings in His ministry began with a question. Remember His question to Peter: “Whom say ye that I am?” And Peter’s response: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We need to help each other find Heavenly Father’s answers through the guidance of the Spirit.
Elder Rasband gives some examples of the things that apostles are teaching about today that will help us gain a stronger relationship with the Savior.
- We have sustained leaders today who, by divine inspiration, have been called to teach and guide us and who are calling out to us to beware of the dangers we face each day—from casual Sabbath-day observance, to threats to the family, to assaults on religious freedom, and even to disputing latter-day revelation.
He shares his witness of God and Jesus Christ and Their servants on the earth today.
- I stand today as a witness of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know our Savior lives and loves us and directs His servants, you and me, to fulfill His mighty purposes on this earth.
Standing with the leaders of the church will bless us and provide light to us and those around us.
- The growing question of today is clear: are you standing with the leaders of the Church in a darkening world so that you might spread the Light of Christ?
Finally, he concludes with an invitation to come unto Christ.
- You too will have your many moments to respond to frequent invitations to “come unto Christ.” Isn’t that what this mortal life is all about? The call may be to come rescue a family member; come serve a mission; come back to church; come to the holy temple; and, as we have recently heard from our wonderful youth in the Face to Face event, come, please help me answer my question. In due time, each one of us will hear the call “Come home.”
Sustaining our leaders is an important responsibility for each member of the church. When we do, we are promising that we will support them, follow their leadership, and act upon the things that they ask us to do when they are prompted by the Spirit to teach us. From the local congregation leadership to the apostles and prophets we sustain in General Conference, we are to recognize these individuals are called by inspiration of God and our duty is to give them the support needed to lead and guide Christ's children. Their goal and purpose that we can help them with is to invite all to come unto Christ. We can help by sustaining our church leaders in their sacred callings from God.