President Steven J. Lund: ‘Finding Joy in Christ’

Young Men general president

Notable quotes:

“Every time a deacon holds a sacrament tray, we are reminded of the sacred story of the Last Supper, of Gethsemane, of Calvary, and of the garden tomb.”
“The Savior’s mission has always and forever been to serve His Father by saving His children.”
“Our youth cannot wait for the world to right itself before they come to know the Savior.”

Summary points:

  • All of the sacramental symbols point to the gift of the Atonement.
  • The Savior’s mission has always been to serve Heavenly Father by redeeming His children.
  • Quorum and class presidencies can step up and take their rightful place in the Lord’s work.

Talk summary:

Tanner Christian Lund, the youngest son of President Steven J. Lund and Sister Kalleen Lund, taught others a timeless lesson in finding joy in Christ shortly before cancer claimed his young life.

One Sunday, 12-year-old Tanner climbed out of bed and dressed himself. The devoted deacon was determined to fulfill an assignment to pass the sacrament. His mother assured him it was not necessary. He could stay home and rest.

“Yes,” said Tanner. “But I see how people look at me when I pass the sacrament. I think it helps them.”

That day, every eye in the chapel was on Tanner as he performed his sacred Aaronic Priesthood duty.

“Somehow, Tanner expressed a silent sermon as he solemnly, haltingly moved from row to row, his bald head moist with perspiration, representing the Savior in the way that deacons do. His once indomitable deacon’s body was itself a little bruised, broken and torn, willingly suffering to serve by bearing the emblems of the Savior’s Atonement into our lives.”

Tanner’s commitment to serve the Lord and others signaled an “unspoken miracle.” He answered the call to “enlist in God’s battalions and join in the work of salvation and exaltation.” 

The sacramental symbols point to the gift of the Redeemer.

“We contemplate the bread that He once broke — and the bread the priests before us are, in turn, now breaking. We think of the meaning of  the liquid, consecrated then and now, as the sacrament prayers solemnly pass from the mouths of young priests into our hearts and into the heavens, renewing covenants that connect us, in that moment, to the very powers of Christ’s salvation.”

The surest way to find joy in Christ is to join Him by helping others. 

“All Children and Youth activities and all Children and Youth teachings are about helping  young people become more like Jesus by joining with Him in His work of salvation and exaltation.”

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About the speaker:

  • President Steven L. Lund was called to preside over the Young Men general presidency during the April 2020 general conference.
  • He and his wife, Sister Kalleen Lund, served together when President Lund was president of the Atlanta Georgia Mission.
  • President Lund is the executive chairman of the board of directors of Nu Skin Enterprises and a regent of the Utah System of Higher Education.