Elder Takashi Wada: ‘Feasting Upon the Words of Christ’

General Authority Seventy

Notable quotes:

“Feasting upon the scriptures is not just reading them. It should bring us real joy and build our relationship with the Savior.”
“The words of Christ will profoundly touch hearts and open the eyes of those who do not yet see Him. … When the disciples at Emmaus reflected on their time with the resurrected Savior, they said that their “hearts burned” within them while He opened the scriptures to them. This will be true for all of us.”
“I bear testimony that feasting upon the words of Christ can happen at any time, and on any occasion, if we prepare our hearts to receive them. Feasting upon the words of Christ will bring life-sustaining revelation, reaffirm our true identity and worth before God as His child, and lead our friends unto Christ and everlasting life.”

Summary points:

  1. The words of Christ can help individuals “increase [our] spiritual capacity to receive revelation,” as President Russell M. Nelson has taught, and safely guide us through our life.
  2. When individuals struggle with their identity and lack of self-esteem, the “pleasing word of God” (Jacob 2:8) in the scriptures will help them know who they really are and give them strength beyond their own.
  3. Followers of Christ can lift the lives of others through the words of Christ. Regardless of the outcome, the Lord invites His followers to open their mouths and share the gospel message with others.

Talk summary:

Speaking of Nephi’s admonition to “feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Nephi 32:3) — feasting upon the scriptures is not just reading them. “It should bring us real joy and build our relationship with the Savior.”

Three blessings from feasting upon the words of Christ:

  • First, the words of Christ can help “increase [our] spiritual capacity to receive revelation,” as President Russell M. Nelson has taught, and be a safe guide through life.
  • Second, when individuals struggle with their own identity and lack of self-esteem, the “pleasing word of God” (Jacob 2:8) in the scriptures will help them know who they really are and give them strength beyond their own.
  • Third, followers of Christ can lift the lives of others through His words. A four-year-old child’s Christ-like act of sharing a hymnbook before a sacrament meeting helped prompt Elder Wada’s mother with a feeling of the need to be baptized.

“The words of Christ will profoundly touch hearts and open the eyes of those who do not yet see Him.” The disciples at Emmaus reflected on their time with the resurrected Savior; they said that their “hearts burned” within them while He opened the scriptures to them.

“I bear testimony that feasting upon the words of Christ can happen at any time, and on any occasion, if we prepare our hearts to receive them. Feasting upon the words of Christ will bring life-sustaining revelation, reaffirm our true identity and worth before God as His child, and lead our friends unto Christ and everlasting life.”

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