While attending the dedication services of the Rome Italy Temple (March 10-12, 2019), the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared their personal testimonies of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel in our day.
Their testimonies follow the examples of ancient apostles who likewise bore witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. They also provide an example for members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ to strengthen their own personal testimonies of our Lord and Savior and to share their witness with others.
More than two thousand years ago, our Savior Jesus Christ ministered to the world, establishing His Church and His gospel. He called Apostles and gave them the decree to ‘go ye therefore, and teach all nations.’
“In our day, the Lord’s Church has been restored. The Savior stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As modern-day Apostles of Jesus Christ, we share the same message today that Apostles shared long ago—that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.
“As one of His special witnesses, I testify that because the Savior offered Himself as the infinite Atonement, you and I have the opportunity—the privilege—to be forgiven when we repent. We can also turn to Him for healing of our hearts, for strength when we are weak, and for help to do things we simply cannot do on our own. He taught us how to love, how to pray, how to endure. There’s no trial we can endure that He doesn’t know about. He gives each one of us hope.
“I am honored to be included among the many who teach and testify of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Savior of the world, and He has given us an example by which we can live.
“Because of Jesus Christ, we can have access to power sufficient to deal with the burdens, obstacles, and temptations of our day. He delivers us from physical and spiritual death. I love and testify of Him.”
“As modern-day Apostles, we testify of Jesus Christ, the Lord God of Israel, the Light and Life of the World. He is the Savior, whose atoning sacrifice opens the door for us to be cleansed of our personal sins so that we can be readmitted to the presence of God. He is the Savior, whose atoning sacrifice redeems us from death and opens the door to eternal life.
“Let each of us be bold in following the example of the Lord’s prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, in declaring that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world who delivers us from physical and spiritual death.”
“This is the true Church of Jesus Christ. We will on the Day of Judgment stand before the Savior, face to face. It will be a time of joy for those who have drawn close to Him in His service in this life. It will be a joy to hear the words ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ I so testify as a witness of the risen Savior and our Redeemer.”
“I know through experiences too numerous and too sacred to discuss that this is the Savior’s gospel. He stands at the head—holy, divine, supreme; full of power, majesty, grace, and truth. He lived for us and He died for us because He loves us. I love Him more deeply and powerfully than I can find words to express.”
“In a world of unrest and fear, political turmoil and moral drift, I testify that Jesus is the Christ—that He is the living bread and living water—still, yet, and always the great shield of safety in our lives, the mighty stone of Israel, the anchor of this, His living Church.”
“In our day, God has called a prophet to help us understand His will for us. President Russell M. Nelson is the Lord’s prophet today, and he teaches and testifies of Jesus Christ, who stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
“I declare my apostolic witness that God lives and Jesus is the Christ, our living Redeemer and Savior. The heavens are not closed. God speaks to us individually and to the world through the authorized leaders of His latter-day kingdom on the earth.”
“I love the Savior and I bear my witness that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. May we all recognize and give thanks for the incomparable gift of life we each enjoy and for the breath that He lends us daily.”
“I express my own witness that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Son of God, the very Messiah of ancient prophecy. He is the Christ, who suffered in Gethsemane, died on the cross, was buried, and who indeed rose again the third day. He is the resurrected Lord, through whom we shall all be resurrected and by whom all who will may be redeemed and exalted in His heavenly kingdom.”
“I, too, know for myself of the living reality of the Resurrected Savior. Because of Him, we will live again. He is central to all human history. As we come unto Him, He heals us from our sins and the wounds of the heart. No effort to increase our faith in Him is in vain. I love Him.”
“The Lord’s hand is guiding us. He is in the small details of our lives as well as the major milestones. I pray that we will reach out and take the Savior’s hand that He is extending to us.”
“I know President Russell M. Nelson is the Lord’s living prophet and His mouthpiece for all mankind living today. I echo his words and add my own testimony of God the Father and of Jesus Christ’s role as our Savior and Redeemer. Heavenly Father sent His Son to the earth to atone for our sins. Jesus Christ lives and loves us, as evidenced by His sending prophets in our day to lead and guide us back home to Him.”
“As an Apostle of Jesus Christ, I too testify that He lives. He loves you. He wants nothing more than for you to find real, enduring happiness. The covenants and ordinances available in the temples of our God are the purest source of that joy. Come to His holy house and let Him help you find that peace and joy.”
“Our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed King of kings and Lord of lords, Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, personally came to restore the gospel and the Church in these latter days. What a blessing and invitation for each individual and for all generations of families in every nation, kindred, tongue, and people! We can each feel Their love and hope for each family member, one by one, family by family, as part of temple promises of joy, healing, forgiveness, and covenant belonging in time and eternity.”
“I stand as a witness, with ancient and modern apostles and prophets, to testify that Jesus is the Christ. He took upon Himself all our pains and sicknesses. He stands ready to help—to help each of us—with every burden.”
See their complete statements at Modern Apostles Bear Witness of Jesus Christ.
See also: “Apostles Testify of Jesus Christ in Rome,” Newsroom, March 12, 2019