Elder Gary E. Stevenson, one of the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve, began his testimony during the Sunday morning session of the October 2015 General Conference by relfecting on the many memories of President Boyd K. Packer, Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Richard G. Scott.
“Our memories of them are poignant, and I add my tribute to honor them, each so uniquely different, yet so harmonized in their witness and testimony of Jesus Christ and his atonement,” he said.
Elder Stevenson went on to explain his experience of meeting with President Thomas S. Monson as the prophet extended the call for him to be a member of the Twelve.
“President Monson described that acting on the will of The Lord, a call to the Quorum of the Twelve was being extended to me. He asked me if I would accept this call, to which, following what I am sure was a very undignified audible gasp, in complete shock, I responded affirmatively.”
Elder Stevenson described how President Monson comforted him by saying, “The Lord will qualify whom he calls.”
The apostle also shared his strong testimony of the Restoration of the gospel and the divinity of God.
“Our Heavenly Father and his Son Jehovah, with a knowledge of the end from the beginning, opened the heavens and a new dispensation to offset the calamities that they knew would come.”
Elder Stevenson recognized the struggles ahead of him but shared his faith that the Lord can work through him.
“As I agonized over my inadequacies this week, I received a distinct impression which both chastened and comforted me: to focus not on what I can’t do, but rather on what I can do. I can testify of the plain and precious truths of the gospel.”
The new member of the Quorum of the Twelve recalled how with his wife Lisa, he contemplated the calling at hand, which is when the couple was reminded how their faith is anchored in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Heavenly Father sent his Son to the earth to atone for the sins of all mankind and overcome death. ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.'”