Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy taught to stand up for what is right and to communicate the gospel with both strength and clarity.
Elder Schwitzer spoke during the Sunday afternoon session of the October 2015 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“If ever there was a time that the world needs disciples of Christ who can communicate the gospel message with clarity and from the heart, it is now. We need the clarion call of the trumpet.”
The member of the Seventy shared the story of Peter, who on the day of the Pentecost confronted the men of the world with both courage and clarity.
He went on to explain that many were assembled to criticize the believers, but Peter spoke with Spirit.
“Many heard his words, felt the Spirit, and 3000 souls joined the ranks of the early church. This is powerful evidence that one man or woman who is willing to testify when the world seems to be going in the opposite direction can make a difference.”
Elder Schwitzer taught the members of the church to be true disciples of Christ and that true disciples do not look for excuses.
“True disciples represent the Lord when it may not be convenient to do so. True disciples desire to inspire the hearts of men, not impress them.”
In studying Lehi’s Dream, Elder Schwitzer said he often thought the great and spacious building was filled with “only the most rebellious.” But he has realized that the building is not is not just filled with those that mock.
“Some could not bear up under the pressure of the people mocking them and wandered off. Others decided to join them in the building. Did they not have the courage to speak boldly against the criticisms or messages of the world?”
Elder Schwitzer concluded his talk by bearing his testimony about Restoration and the divinity of the Savior.
“As Latter-day Saints, it is time for us to stand up and testify. It is time for the notes of the melody of the gospel to arise above the noise of the world.”