Elder Ronald A. Rasband: ‘Recommended to the Lord’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“To be ‘recommended to the Lord’ is to be reminded of what is expected of a covenant-keeping Latter-day Saint.”
“Begin the process now to become ‘recommended to the Lord’ that His Spirit will be with you in abundance and His standards will bring you ‘peace of conscience.’”
“Let me emphasize, whether you have access to a temple or not, you need a current temple recommend to stay firmly on the covenant path.”

Summary points:

  • A temple recommend is not a checklist or ticket for special seating. It has a higher and holier purpose. 
  • To be “recommended of the Lord” means striving to become like Him. 
  • Though temples are closed or in limited use, keep a current temple recommend.

Talk summary: 

Latter-day Saint temples — all 168 of them — stand as testaments of faith in eternal life. The words “Holiness to the Lord” on the outside of a temple show that it is the Lord’s house. “He sets the standards by which we enter as His guests.”

The phrase “recommended to the Lord” puts additional perspective on being interviewed regularly by Church leaders. Rather than a hall pass or special ticket, holding a temple recommend means one lives in harmony with the teachings of the Church and is committed to living the Lord’s laws. “Your temple recommend opens the gates of heaven for you and others with rights and ordinances of eternal significance.”

During President Howard W. Hunter’s first address as 14th President of the Church, he said, “It would please the Lord if every adult member would be worthy of — and carry — a current temple recommend.”

After hearing President Hunter that day, President Russell M. Nelson said his temple recommend “became my badge of obedience to a prophet of God.”

Though temples throughout the world are closed or in limited use due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being worthy to attend the temple has not been suspended. “Whether you have access to a temple or not, you need a current temple recommend to stay firmly on the covenant path.” 

The Lord said of the Nauvoo Temple, “Let the work of my temple … be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence, and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled” (Doctrine and Covenants 127:4). 

“As you strive to redouble your righteous efforts, you will feel renewed in your devotion to God the Father and Jesus Christ … and you will feel peace knowing you are ‘recommended to the Lord.’ ” 

In the news:

  • During a Face to Face event on Sept. 13, Elder and Sister Rasband answered questions from young adults and shared insights on the Restoration and the bicentennial proclamation.
  • Elder Rasband spoke to Church News about “the power of the word of the Lord” as part of a series of articles highlighting the teachings of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Elder and Sister Rasband spoke to missionaries around the world in a devotional broadcast from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on June 4.

About the speaker:

  • Before Elder Rasband was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 3, 2015, he served as a General Authority Seventy for 15 years.
  • Elder Rasband has visited 138 countries in his business career and Church assignments.
  • He is the only member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who has served as executive director of the Temple Department; he keeps seven painted gold shovels from temple groundbreakings in his office.
  • Although he attended the University of Utah, Elder Rasband never graduated due to a business opportunity. But in 1995, he received an honorary doctorate of business and commerce from Utah Valley State College.
  • Elder Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie Twitchell Rasband, were married in the Salt Lake Temple and have five children.

Recently on social:

  • In response to the Face to Face event’s venue change, Elder Rasband shared a story about his experience with his mission call as a young man.
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My young adult friends, I hope you are looking forward to our Face to Face event on September 13. As I know is true for each of you this year, we have needed to make some adjustments to our initial plans. Instead of traveling to the Sacred Grove in New York, my wife, Melanie, and I will be staying closer to our home, and the event will be broadcast from Utah at the Church’s Motion Picture Studio Campus, where many of the Bible Videos and Book of Mormon videos were filmed. Is this disappointing? Sure, but just a little. We know you have felt the sting of disappointment many times in 2020. This has been a year of changes and uncertainty for many of us, but we can look to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ for comfort and peace. I’ve shared before that as a young adult, I was initially disappointed in my call to serve in the Eastern States Mission. I had very much hoped to be called to serve in Germany, like my father and brother. But as I immersed myself in the scriptures, I quickly came to realize what a blessing this call was—despite my initial thoughts. Needless to say, my service in the Eastern States Mission has had a significant effect on the trajectory of my life. I pray that each of us will look heavenward during this time and see how these unexpected changes to our lives can refine us to be more diligent followers of Jesus Christ. We love you, dear young friends. We can face the challenges of today’s world as we have faith in the Savior and live His gospel. We can’t wait to see you in September.

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  • On Father’s Day, Elder Rasband posted about his love and gratitude for his own father and fathers everywhere.

I have many fond memories from my childhood of my father. Judging by the look on my face in this photo, this may or may…

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  • Following his worldwide missionary devotional, Elder Rasband posted his testimony of the “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World,” and extended an invitation to either study the proclamation or share experiences studying it.
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I pray that each of us has found opportunities to study and discuss “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World,” which President @russellmnelson introduced to us two months ago at the April general conference. This magnificent message came by revelation. It is reason to rejoice. It is the mind and will of the Lord. During an online devotional with missionaries across the globe, I was humbled to share my witness about the teachings in this amazing proclamation. The Bicentennial Proclamation is absolutely a valuable resource for missionaries who have the blessed responsibility to share the news of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. However, this proclamation can bless each of our lives. We each can—and should—read and study the proclamation to help us better understand God’s love for us, His children. It includes clear tenets of our faith and religion, including: • Heavenly Father loves His children. • The Lord will direct your path. • We can humble ourselves and “hear Him.” • Heavenly Messengers reestablished the Savior’s Church. • The Book of Mormon is sacred text. • Priesthood authority is restored. • Missionaries carry the message of the Restoration. • The Restoration is ongoing. • You can know for yourself. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to study this proclamation, I encourage you to study it. If you have not yet shared it with a loved one, I urge you to share it. From deep in my soul, I bear my witness that we are immersed in the Restoration of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are so blessed by the truths elaborated in the Bicentennial Proclamation to the world. Know it, use it, study it, pray about it, find with it, teach it, bear testimony of it, and make it a part of your very lives. For those of you who have taken time to study the proclamation, I’d love to know about your experience. Please let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

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