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Elder Neil L. Andersen’s Christmas message on Tuesday to students at Brigham Young University (BYU) included an invitation to look ahead to the next life.
The Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked students to imagine a hypothetical conversation after death with someone who lived in another century and first heard about and accepted the gospel of Christ only after they died. Perhaps that person would marvel at a BYU student’s blessing to live during a time when the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was on Earth — and to associate with thousands of other likeminded believers on campus.
“While you accept that it was a beautiful time to be on Earth,” Elder Andersen said, “you try to put it into perspective [by saying], ‘No matter what you think, it was not an easy time to follow Jesus Christ. There were distractions and confusion. There was commotion and seductive voices constantly trying to pull us from the truth.’”
How could students say they survived? Elder Andersen pointed to President Russell M. Nelson’s October 2021 general conference address as a guidepost.
“I plead with you … to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life — each and every day,” President Nelson said on October 3, 2021. “‘[The Savior] will lead and guide you in your personal life if you will make time for Him in your life — each and every day.”
Elder Andersen played a six-minute video featuring Brother Brad Wilcox of the Young Men General Presidency (and a BYU professor) interviewing students about how they make time for the Lord.
“What do we learn from these disciples of Christ in the video?”
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