- There are absolute eternal truths that are the same for every person on earth.
- Truth comes from Jesus Christ alone and leads to eternal life.
- Each individual has an eternal and divine identity as a child of God and accepted His plan in the premortal life.
The question "What is truth?" can be answered a million different ways depending on the knowledge and perspective used. And in a world of "information and opinion overload," many people choose to believe that truth is simply a matter of personal perspective.
But with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, it becomes clear that "there are some things that are completely and absolutely true. These eternal truths are the same for every son and daughter of God."
Truth is a knowledge of things past, present and future and expands far beyond the perspective offered by a single point in time. "Truth shows us the way to eternal life, and it comes only through our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no other way."
The restoration of the gospel provides a way to "learn and know essential spiritual truths" through the study of holy scriptures, personal prayer, individual experiences, the counsel of prophets and apostles, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Only through "the perspective eye of faith" can the spiritual truths of God be revealed and "bring us a clear spiritual perspective of truth necessary for our journey here on earth."
As children of God, each person on earth has a divine and eternal identity. "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" and other revelations shared by living prophets help clarify these divine identities. And while many individuals in their current circumstances may not fit neatly inside such teachings, "There is One who knows your burdens because of His sacrifice made in the garden and on the cross. … He will bless you and lift the burdens too heavy to bear alone."
In the news:
- Elder Andersen talked about defending the faith during a recent assignment to Western Europe.
- In November 2018, Elder Andersen spoke of the “enormous faith” of African Latter-day Saints after visiting South Africa and Zimbabwe.
- During October 2018 general conference, Elder Andersen’s talk, “Wounded,” focused on trials being great teachers and how everyone “meant to survive spiritually.”
About the speaker:
- Elder Andersen was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 4, 2009.
- In the 1970s, he served a mission in France.
- Elder Andersen is multilingual, speaking French, Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English.
Recently on social:
- On an assignment in Vienna, Austria, Elder Andersen spoke about what it means to be a defender of the faith.
- Elder Andersen shared a memory of one Christmas when he was serving as a mission president in France. Due to a broken-down car, he thought his family wouldn’t be able to arrive home by Christmas. But after his daughter suggested his family say a prayer, a miraculous event happened and they were able to get home on time.
- In a Twitter post, Elder Andersen promised that Christ would heal all wounds in “His time” and “His way.”