Elder Rasband spoke of courage during his October 2018 general conference address:
“The Lord is with us, mindful of us, and blessing us in ways only He can do.”“Jesus Christ lives. Our love for Him and His gospel dispels fear.”“The battles will rage on, but we will face them with the Spirit of the Lord.”
In a world defined by peril and worry, the Lord offers His followers comforting word: “Be of good cheer and do not fear” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:6).
The Lord knew that at times His children would feel fear. How is fear dispelled? "Our desire to 'always have His Spirit to be with us' (Doctrine and Covenants 20:77) will push fear aside for a more eternal view of our mortal lives."
Courage comes when people stand “in holy places” such as righteous homes, dedicated chapels and consecrated temples.
“God loves us, always, and we love Him. Our love of God counters all fears and His love abounds in holy places,” he said.
Trust the Lord and His promises. Those who follow covenant paths need not fear. Personal revelation is essential for living the gospel.
Despite the many perils of the day, Latter-day Saints can know peace by seeking personal revelation, keeping sacred covenants and standing with the Lord and His principles.
Before Elder Rasband was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 3, 2015, he served as a General Authority Seventy for 15 years.Elder Rasband was called as senior President of the Seventy in 2009.He’s no stranger to travel — before his call as an Apostle, Elder Rasband traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and filled multiple passports during his service to Church members.One of his most recent trips was his visit in September to South America.Born in 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Elder Rasband married Sister Melanie Twitchell in 1973.Although he attended the University of Utah, Elder Rasband never graduated due to a business opportunity. But in 1995, he received an honorary doctorate of business and commerce from Utah Valley State College.He served as president and chief operating officer of Huntsman Chemical Corporation before accepting the call to be a mission president.From 1996-1999, Elder Rasband served as president of the New York New York North Mission.
On the web:
As an Eagle Scout, I am thrilled the new resources for our young people in 2020 will continue to feature camps and outdoor activities.— Ronald A. Rasband (@RonaldARasband) September 21, 2018
Please watch this video, in which President Russell M. Nelson and other leaders discuss the incredible future in store for youth. pic.twitter.com/0088h6JwK9
Elder Rasband’s Instagram account offered words of hope to those struggling with suicidal thoughts. His post was made in an effort to raise awareness to the fact that September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
On Twitter, he also about talked about how going to the temple can help us have hope.
This summer, Elder Rasband threw the first pitch at a Los Angeles Angels game.He met with about 75,000 Saints in the Philippines this spring while visiting the country’s current and future temple sites.In May he traveled to Germany, the Netherlands and the Cape Verde Islands. It was the first time an Apostle had ever been to two of the islands he visited.