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Elder Kelly R. Johnson: ‘Enduring Power’

General Authority Seventy

Elder Kelly R. Johnson of the Seventy speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 4, 2020. Credit: Screenshot
Elder Kelly R. Johnson Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Notable quotes:

“Those who have faith and the word of God deep in their hearts will be able to absorb and overcome the fiery darts which the adversary will surely send to destroy us. Otherwise, our faith, hope and conviction may not endure, and like [an] empty microwave oven, we could become a casualty.”

“There is no expiration date associated with the power God bestows upon those who make and keep temple covenants, or a restriction from accessing that power during a pandemic.”

“I invite you to seek the power God wants to give you. I testify that as we seek for this power, we will be blessed with a greater understanding of the love our Heavenly Father has for us.”

Summary points:

  • President Russell M. Nelson has taught about the principle of power — specifically God’s power — and how to access it.
  • “Without getting the word of God and faith in Jesus Christ deep into our hearts, our testimonies and faith may fail, and we may lose access to the power God wants to give us. Superficial faith is insufficient. Only faith and the word of God that fill our inner soul are sufficient to sustain us — and to allow us to access His power.”
  • The power of God is bestowed upon those who make and keep temple covenants. That power only diminishes if individuals fail to keep their covenants.

Talk summary: 

President Russell M. Nelson has taught about the principle of power — specifically God’s power — and how to access it. Elder Richard G. Scott defined the power of God as the “power to do more than we can do by ourselves.”

Filling one’s heart and soul with the word of God and a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is crucial to drawing upon the power of God for help in these challenging times. “Without getting the word of God and faith in Jesus Christ deep into our hearts, our testimonies and faith may fail, and we may lose access to the power God wants to give us. Superficial faith is insufficient. Only faith and the word of God that fill our inner soul are sufficient to sustain us — and to allow us to access His power.” 

Having the word of God deep in the soul, coupled with faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, allows individuals to draw upon the power of God to overcome the adversary. “As we face challenges, we can rely upon the promise of the Lord taught by Paul: ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind’ ” (1 Timothy 1:7).

While regular temple attendance is impossible right now, “There is no expiration date associated with the power God bestows upon those who make and keep temple covenants or a restriction from accessing that power during a pandemic; His power diminishes in our lives only if we fail to  keep our covenants and do not live in a way that allows us to continually qualify to receive His  power.”

During this time of temples being closed, “Have we each relied upon the covenants we made in the temple to set a clear, unchanging course of direction in our lives? These covenants, if kept, give us vision and expectations regarding the future and a clear determination to qualify to receive all that the Lord has promised through our faithfulness.”

About the speaker:

  • Elder Kelly R. Johnson was called as a General Authority Seventy on April 4, 2020.
  • He served a mission to Bangkok, Thailand, as a young missionary and then returned there with his wife when he was called as a mission president in 2015.
  • After graduating with an MBA from BYU, he worked as a forensic accountant and partner at an accounting firm.
  • Elder Johnson met Terri Lynn Bartrum while singing together in the Ogden Institute Choir. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on March 27, 1986. They have five children and sixteen grandchildren.

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