Modern Apostles Testify of Jesus Christ in Rome

    January 18, 2019
    Rome was the center of the Western world when ancient Apostles Peter and Paul walked and taught here almost two thousand years ago. They testified of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and helped build His Church. This week, modern Apostles also walked and taught in Rome as they prepared for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple.
    Elder David A. Bednar and Elder Ronald A. Rasband, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited the prison where it is believed the ancient Apostles Peter and Paul were held captive after publicly sharing their witness of Jesus Christ.
    Outside those prison doors, these modern-day Apostles publicly shared their witness of Jesus Christ with hundreds of thousands of people through the use of social media.
    Elder Rasband said that he was honored to “witness to the world the same witness that Peter and Paul had of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Elder Bednar testified, “He is the light and life of the world, and the only source of enduring, true joy.”

    “Nothing Is Done by Accident”

    Reminders of and references to Jesus Christ are found throughout the new temple complex in Rome.
    Speaking about the construction of temples, Elder Bednar said that everything from the artwork and architecture to the landscaping on the temple grounds is carefully designed.
    “Nothing is done by accident,” he said. “Everything in the temple glorifies Him whose house it is. All we do and see in the temple bears witness of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer—the Son of God.”

    His Influence Is Everywhere

    This magnificent stained-glass mural in the visitors’ center of the Rome Italy Temple includes 120 references to the Savior’s life and teachings.
    On Facebook and Instagram Elder Rasband shared his special experience of seeing the mural in person.
    “I see His influence everywhere I look. My faith in Him has increased. Any person who visits this site with an earnest heart will have his or her faith increased too.”
    Elder Rasband spoke of the Savior’s parables depicted in the mural and invited his Facebook followers to see how many parables they could identify in the mural and then seek for more learning and understanding of Christ’s teachings in the New Testament.
    “We are always blessed when we turn to the words of Jesus Christ.”

    Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ

    While in Rome, Elder Bednar and Elder Rasband had the opportunity to take many friends of other faiths into the temple to explain what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe.
    “One might assume that sharing the same message day after day could become tedious,” Elder Bednar said in a Facebook and Instagram post. “I can assure you, nothing could be further from the truth because we are talking about items of eternal significance. In fact, there is great power in repetition.”
    Elder Bednar taught that every time we share our faith, our understanding of the gospel grows. That is especially true as we focus on the basic principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Elder Gary E. Stevenson, also a modern-day Apostle, shared his witness of the Savior and the joy of eternal families in the temple visitors’ center.
    Apostles of Jesus Christ, no matter when they live or where they go, invite everyone to come to the Savior and find peace in Him.