Elder Richard G. Scott: ‘I have given you an example’

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Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks at the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference, 5 April 2014. (Courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

Elder Richard G. Scott addressed members of the LDS Church about the example Christ gave the world and how they should be that example to others on Saturday afternoon.

Elder Scott shared how his grandmother and his wife were examples to him at important times in his life.

Elder Scott’s grandmother went to visit his family in Washington D.C., and was worried because he was not baptized. She shared with him the importance of baptism. He was baptized shortly after the experience.

“How grateful I am for the testimony (my grandmother) shared with me when I was very young,” he said. “Her influence changed the direction of my life for eternal good.”

He then talked about how when talking to Jeanene Watkins, who later became his wife, she mentioned how she would only marry a returned missionary.

He said this conversation made him think about and decide to go on a mission.

“I am certain we would not have found the happiness we enjoy without her strong faith in the principle of serving the Lord first,” Elder Scott said of his wife. “She is a wonderful, righteous example.”

He spoke of the love he felt from each of these examples in his life and went on to explain how each of us can become such an influence in the lives of others.

Elder Scott said we must give others around us confidence in our love for them, and they will be able to develop faith in God’s love for them through our example.

“Show your sincere interest in their well-being, then share your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said.

He went on to say we can help them by asking them question that make them think and give them time to ponder an answer, no matter how long it took.

“As you consistently focus your life on the most basic principles, you will gain an understanding of what you are to do, and you will produce more fruit for the Lord and more happiness for yourself.”

Elder Scott reminded members of the church that in order to be an example to others, they must be focused on living the basic principles of the gospel.

Trust, he said, is another key to being an example to people. Elder Scott said everyone in mortality chose the Savior’s plan in pre-mortality, and we should trust other to choose so again.

Elder Scott said members should focus on the the most basic principle of the gospel when sharing with others.

“The Atonement of Jesus Christ makes possible our becoming more like our Father in Heaven so that we can live together eternally in our family units,” he said.

He ended his talk by reminding the audience that Jesus walked with all types of people and loved all of them and inviting them to do the same.

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