Bishop W. Christopher Waddell: ‘Just as He Did’

Second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

Notable quotes:

“No one has ever wandered so far from the path that they are beyond the reach of the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ.”
“Remarkable efforts to minister to the one are taking place all over the world.”
“We may wonder how best to serve, but the Lord knows and, through His Spirit, we will be directed in our efforts.”

Summary points:

  1. No one is beyond the Savior’s Atoning reach.
  2. Ministering is allowing members around the globe to demonstrate Christ-like love.
  3. The Easter season provides “glorious opportunities” to reflect on Christ’s ministering.

Talk summary:

In the fall of 2017, Bishop Waddell’s older brother Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Mike had not regularly attended Church in almost 50 years — but he began studying the scriptures and eventually began meeting with the missionaries. He received his patriarchal blessing and, just hours before his death, received the Melchizedek Priesthood.

During a time of need, Mike was ministered to by caring priesthood leaders, friends and relatives. None judged — they simply ministered like the Savior.

“For some, change may come sooner, for others perhaps beyond the veil. However, we must remember that it is never too late and no one has ever wandered so far from the path that they are beyond the reach of the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ, which is limitless in its duration and scope.”

President Russell M. Nelson has issued a challenge to care for one another in a “higher, holier way.”

“In response to the invitation of a prophet of God, remarkable efforts to minister to the one are taking place all over the world, in both coordinated efforts … members faithfully fulfill their ministering assignments, as well as what I’ll call ‘impromptu’ ministering, as so many demonstrate Christlike love in response to unexpected opportunities.”

It isn’t necessary for someone to be suffering from a life-threatening disease to be in need of ministering service.

“Those needs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and conditions. … However, like my brother Mike, no one is too far gone … it’s never too late … for the Savior’s loving reach.”

In the news:

  • In April 2018, the Houston Texas Temple was rededicated, restored only seven months after it was hit by Hurricane Harvey, which Bishop Waddell said was “nothing short of a miracle.”
  • Bishop Waddell spoke during the October 2017 general conference on how Church members can respond to changes in their lives by turning to the Lord.

About the speaker:

  • Bishop W. Christopher Waddell has been the second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric since his call on October 9, 2015. He also served as a General Authority Seventy from 2011 until his call in the bishopric.
  • A former top volleyball player, the 6’5” Bishop Waddell presided over the Spain Barcelona Mission before serving as a General Authority.
  • Bishop Waddell has served as a counselor in the South America Northwest Area Presidency based in Lima, Peru, with his wife, Sister Carol S. Waddell.