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In his address, Elder Andersen shared more insight about “ministering in a holier way,” as President Nelson described, and gave examples of how different people have ministered to others.
“As disciples of Christ, we strongly reject the notion that our lives are all about ourselves,” Elder Andersen said. “Rather, we follow the Savior.”
An important part of ministering is remembering the first and second commandments given by the Savior — first, to love the Lord, and second, to love thy neighbor as thyself.
“Your ability to bring a holier approach to loving your neighbor, to caring and ministering to others will rest upon how strongly you keep the first commandment,” he said. “There is a unique and supernal gift of ministering that can come from someone who loves God with all his or her heart, and is settled, grounded, steadfast and immovable in his or her faith in Jesus Christ and in the restored gospel, and keeps the commandments with exactness.”
Young people across the world today are more and more “slipping” in their faith, especially in their belief in a specific religion. While many in the world want to be “spiritual, but not religious,” Elder Andersen emphasized that the restoration of the gospel brought ordinances, covenants and direction from Heavenly Father and the Savior.
“Faith flourishes, and we, here this morning, are believers,” he said. “But it is naïve, however, to believe the trends of the world are not able to influence the very elect.”
Caring for others — physically and emotionally — requires an unselfish and sensitive heart.
“It is an important part of the gospel,” he said.
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