Elder Michael John U. Teh: ‘Our Personal Savior’

General Authority Seventy

Notable quotes:

“I am realizing that how intimately I know the Savior significantly influences my ability to hear Him, as well as how I respond.”
“We need to recognize that knowing the Savior is the most important pursuit of our lives. It should take priority over anything else.”
“Oftentimes it is easier for us to think and speak of Christ’s Atonement in general terms than to recognize its personal significance in our lives.”

Summary points:

  • Knowing the Savior is different than knowing about the Savior. 
  • While the Atonement is infinite and eternal, it needs to be applied personally and individually. The Savior has the power to cleanse, heal and strengthen one by one.  
  • In coming to know the Savior, we should know that it’s a work in progress as our understanding matures.  

Talk summary:

A few years ago, Elder David A. Bednar asked the following questions as part of his remarks: “Do we only know about the Savior, or are we increasingly coming to know Him? How do we come to know the Lord?” 

“As I studied and pondered, I came to the stark realization that what I know about the Savior greatly outweighed how much I really know Him. I resolved then to put forth more effort to know Him.” 

First, recognize “knowing the Savior is the most important pursuit of our lives. It should take priority over anything else.” 

Second, in coming to know the Savior, the words of the prophets and scripture passages will become more meaningful as we receive a witness from the Holy Ghost.  

Third, recognizing and understanding how the Atonement applies personally and individually can help us know Him. “The Atonement of Jesus Christ is infinite and eternal and all-encompassing in its breadth and depth but wholly personal and individual in its effects.” 

In coming to know the Savior, “I am realizing that how intimately I know the Savior significantly influences my ability to hear Him, as well as how I respond.”

About the speaker:

  • Elder Michael John U. Teh was sustained as a General Authority Seventy on March 31, 2007. 
  • He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and majored in management at De La Salle University College of Saint Benilde. 
  • He has served in the Philippines Davao Mission as a young missionary. He has also been the president of the Taiwan Taichung Mission. 
  • Elder Teh was born in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines, on June 25, 1965. He married Grace May Weedon in December 1989. They are the parents of three children.