Sunday, April 18, 2010

Elder Neil L Andersen - Quorum of The Twelve Apostles

It's not everyday that you get to brush shoulders with one of the Twelve Apostles but for the last two days I have had that pleasure.  On Saturday Afternoon I sat in his presence, shook hands with him, spoke with him, and had my questions answered by him.  He is the newest member of the Quorum and I was most impressed by his genuine love for us and his humility.  When asked about becoming an Apostle he said that he could think of many others that might have been a better choice than he but that he was called and that each of us are called to do what we are called to do and it is our duty to do that which we were called to.  He said that there are 1000s of men who could and would be great Bishops but will never be called to such.  He told us that our Heavenly Father does not hold him in any higher esteem than any of us just because he is an Apostle.  He went so far as to say that each of us there was in a sense an Apostle.  I remember my mission president, William R. Walker of the Seventy, told a group of us when we were Zone Leaders that each of us could be his Assistants and in a sense we were.  We are judged for what we do when we are called to do it.  Not by the position.

The Adult Session in the evening was great too as I had Elizabeth with me.  I am so grateful for her and her support in my calling as Elder's Quorum President.  I would not be able to do the job that I am doing without her emotional and spiritual support.  I know that she believes in me and I have done much having that knowledge.  My MBA, my career, so much of my success has come because I knew she did and would support me as I have given these things my all.

The Sunday Morning Session was also uplifting and he spoke more on some of the talks from General Conference and the Brethren who gave the talks.  It was fun to hear him share stories about President Monson and others of the twelve.  He took the time afterward to greet the children and shake their hands.  Carter & Madelyn had met him earlier in the morning when they arrived with Liz and I and shook his hand then and then again twice more.  He is just a man but he is an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and his testimony of the Savior and his humility touched my spirit.  I testify that we have a living prophet and apostles on the earth today and Elder Andersen is one of those men.