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“Special Witnesses,” Friend, Apr. 1994, 38


Special Witnesses

The Twelve Apostles [are] special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world (D&C 107:23).

The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are special witnesses who know by personal revelation that Jesus is the Christ, and they are called to declare this to all mankind. The First Presidency were chosen from among the Apostles, and we sustain all of these Brethren as prophets, seers, and revelators. They all have a sacred responsibility to bear their testimonies to the whole world. The following testimonies of these Brethren are taken from talks given during general conferences of the Church.

Ezra Taft Benson

I testify that Jesus is the Christ and that He stands at the head of His Church today, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I testify that He will come again in power and great glory and that He will leave nothing undone for our eternal welfare. (Ensign, May 1987, page 7.)

Gordon B. Hinckley

Of His divinity and reality I bear solemn witness. He is the Lamb without blemish who was offered for the sins of the world. … He is my Teacher, my Exemplar, my Friend, and my Savior whom I love and worship as the Redeemer of the world. (Ensign, November 1992, page 52.)

Thomas S. Monson

He is the literal Savior of the World, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel, even the risen Lord. … As His witness I testify to you that He lives. (Ensign, May 1988, page 56.)

Howard W. Hunter

I know that God lives, that Jesus is his Only Begotten Son, the Savior of the world. I know that this is the church of Jesus Christ. He is at its head. (Ensign, November 1992, page 97.)

Boyd K. Packer

He is our Redeemer. Of him I bear witness—Jesus Christ the son of God, the Only Begotten of the Father, who sacrificed himself that we might be clean. (Ensign, November 1990, page 86.)

Marvin J. Ashton

My voice of gladness today is God lives. Jesus is the Christ. Let no one or any situation take this reality from you. (Ensign, May 1991, page 20.)

Elder Ashton passed away on February 25, 1994.

L. Tom Perry

This is the Lord’s work in which we are engaged. God lives! Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world, is my solemn witness to you. (Ensign, May 1990, page 20.)

David B. Haight

God our Father lives, as does His son, Jesus the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. I am a grateful recipient of His healing power and love. This is His work. (Ensign, November 1990, page 61.)

James E. Faust

I testify, as one of His humble servants called to be His special witness, that He lives. I witness from the depths of my soul that we are engaged in His holy work, to which, if we are faithful, we can be crowned with honor, glory, and eternal life. (Ensign, May 1991, page 70.)

Neal A. Maxwell

I witness that Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven whereby one can be saved! … I testify that He is utterly incomparable in what He is, what He knows, what He has accomplished, and what He has experienced. … There is none like Him! (Ensign, November 1981, page 8.)

Russell M. Nelson

I know that God lives and that Jesus the Christ is his Son. He is “the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25). He lives. He is my Master. I am his servant. With all my heart, I love him. (Ensign, May 1987, page 10.)

Dallin H. Oaks

I testify with the ancient and modern prophets that there is no other name and no other way under heaven by which man can be saved except by Jesus Christ. (Ensign, November 1988, page 68.)

M. Russell Ballard

I testify to you that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of our Eternal Heavenly Father. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Friend and Brother. I love him with all my heart and count it the greatest privilege … to be a special witness to his name throughout the world. (Ensign, May 1986, page 15.)

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, and yes, the Prince of Peace. (Ensign, May 1991, page 38.)

Richard G. Scott

I testify that the Lord lives. He loves you and will help you. (Ensign, May 1989, page 37.)