Elder Neil L. Andersen: Spiritual whirlwinds

Elder Neil L. Anderson speaks at the Saturday morning session of General Conference, April 5, 2014. (Courtesy  of Mormon Newsroom)

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve focused his remarks on the spiritual and temporal whirlwinds all people will face. He directed his talk toward the youth of the church.

“More concerning than the prophesied earthquakes and wars are the spiritual whirlwinds that can uproot you from your spiritual foundations and land your spirit in places you never imagined possible,” he said.

He said the greatest safety youth can have against  whirlwinds is to build their foundation upon Jesus Christ. He said God has made the youth strong and capable of resisting the whirlwinds of life.

He said we should be kind to those who disagree with the teachings of the church.

“The Savior taught us to love not only our friends but also those who disagree with us, and even those who repudiate us,” he said. “In the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no place for ridicule, bullying or bigotry.”

He said other powerful defenses against these spiritual whirlwinds are the Book of Mormon and worshiping in the temple.

He encouraged the youth of the church to stand strong as disciples of Jesus Christ.

“As you do, I promise you that you will see the whirlwinds for what they are — tests, temptations, distractions or challenges to help you grow,” he said.

He said as youth continuously live righteously throughout their lives, their experiences will confirm to them over and over that Jesus is the Christ.

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