I have known Elder Anderson for many years as I served in the Tampa Stake and
know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a man of God like unto any others I
have been blessed to meet in the General Presidency of the Church. He served me
and my family for many years as our leader and went out of his way to minister
to my children in very special ways. I feel it an honor to know him on a
personal level and want him to know that I raised my hand to support him with
tears in my eyes when I realized just how blessed I was to be considered one of
his friends. The Church will be greatly blessed by his leadership as they have
been previously and I am a better person to have known him so well. His eternal
companion, Kathy, is a remarkable woman with a sweetness and tenderness few
people possess. I love her and her family likewise. I will sending them a
personal letter of love and support. God bless this wonderful family as they
I sustain him.
I am a relatively new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The doctrine spoke to my soul in a manner that I can never deny. This was quite
surprising given that I was never an advocate of organized religion. Despite my
strong belief and commitment to this Church, I too, would welcome an ethnic
shift in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As a psychologist, I understand how
important perceived similarity is to the role modeling process. It is,
therefore, highly likely that as the Quorum of the Twelve become more diverse,
so will the Church population. I am certain that our Heavenly Father is
as excited about this prospect as I am. I am not sure of what the hold up is,
but I feel certain it will happen in due time.
The time will shortly come when the majority of the church members will no
longer be of Anglo/European origins. Then, some years later the majority of
church members will no longer be of Hispanic origins. Whether the majority will
then be Chinese of African, who knows (or cares)?As to whether The
Quorum of The Twelve will include brethren of those races is imaterial. It may be a bigger hurdle for some LDS to have an Hispanic, African of
Chinese Apostle than 15 white ones. But it won't make any difference to the
work or The Lord going forward in the lives of individuals one-by-one all over
the world.Be grateful that we have Apostles and Prophets, quit
whining over their color. No wonder God refers to us as
I completely sustain Elder Anderson, but I too am looking forward to the day
when we have a more diverse selection of apostles. Now that more than 1/2 of
the members of the church live outside of the United States, surely that day is
iam from india. the church is relatively new here. we are all excited to know
the calling of the new apostle. i know that elder andersen is called of god and
i am grateful to the lord for he speaks through his servants the prophets. i am
also happy for elder halstrom, he was our asia area president and i had the
privelege of meeting him in hongkong and also to be with him in one of our
temple sessions. the lords work moves forward and nothing shall stop it.
I don't think it will be long. Already in the 70 there are brethren serving
from all over the world. Within the order of the church, it takes time for the
leadership to reflect the current make-up of the people. Most 70s have served
as Stake Presidents, and most of those have been bishops, and those have been
priesthood leaders in other capacities. The church has grown much stronger in
Central and South America particularly, so out of that strength will come many
future church leaders.
I really don't understand the "gossip" regarding the race of the Apostles. More
"diversity" (great code word in the PC world of today) means nothing.The gospel is preached to every nation, kindred and tongue. The Lord calls who
He wants based on obedience. It has nothing, NOTHING, to do with where they were
Isn't it great that Christ continues to call his apostles today through
revelation! Isn't it great that we too can ask our Father in Heaven if these men
really are prophets of God. And isn't it even greater that he answers us too! I
know this for myself. I know Elder Anderson is called by the same man that
called Peter. Christ is leading His Church. Isn't it wonderful.
I agree 100%. The Lord is in charge of this work and He calls who He says He
wants. It is not up to the Prophet to choose the next apostle, it comes from
the Lord and no one else. It is His Church. Those who continue to
harp on this issue simply do not have the deep deep testimony of revelation and
that the Lord calls whom He will call. It is not up to man to decide the
ethnicity of the Quorum of the 12 or the Quorums of the 70. Far too many people
are using their logic and worldly views to push for changes. Trying to be
politically correct should not be part of the Church.When the Church
bows to such pressure it will no longer be the Lord's Church, but become like so
many other churches mixing religion with worldly views Elder Andersen,
regardless of ethnicity, is the One the Lord wants in that position at this time
for a specific purpose. It is now up to us to pray and receive that personal
testimony for ourselves. I raised my hand high to sustain him and keep it
How and when did he learn Spanish and Portuguese? That is impressive. Is he
going to record his talks in all three of the foreign languages he knows? That
would be cool. Guess he already has the gift of tongues...
Though I am a lifelong, active member, RM, and student of the church/doctrine. I
have yet to obtain that "beyond a shadow of doubt" assurance about all things
Mormon. Bummer for my type, and good for those whose witnesses come so easily.
I think Mike says it best. However, so does the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
There will definitely be a shift and The Prophets, Seers,and Revelators are more
than aware of this...Maybe they can do a talk on this to help others understand,
so that those who do not understand prophecy/revelation in regards to this
subject won't be divided or caught up in the contentious spirit that typically
comes when dealing with the subject of race. The timing for this change as with
any revelation is Gods. I wish I could take the time to clarify the revelation
on this topic but it also comes with spiritual understanding. This is the True
Church and I am convinced of it more and more. As prophecy must be fulfilled,
you will see more changes implemented by the Presidency. I have heard some argue
that when they make changes it confirms that they are not Prophets and that they
are inconsistent, but the bible always speaks of revelations, mysteries, and
continued understanding to the believer.
Whose on the Lord side ...Who???? Apostle Neil L. Andersen of course ...
fantastic calling ... and all our support and prayers ...
I first met Elder Anderson in Idaho when, as a missionary I was teaching
investigaters in his parents home in Pocatello when he and Kathy came home for a
visit from BYU,not knowing that my future wifes mother(Naomi Strickland) was
best friend with Kathys mother.I have seen Elder Anderson as an Elders quorum
President in clearwater Fl., as a Stake President in Tampa,as a Mission
President in France when he and Kathy tried to keep my best friends marriage
together.He is a man of God.I have spent time one on one with Him.It touches my
heart to have seen first hand the making of an Apostle...I don't think we will
fully grasp how deep our Fathers Love for us flows in this life...But perhaps
when our eyes meet,and we feel his arms around us, holding us...it will hit us.
This is the third Apostle from Logan, UtahL. Tom PerryQuentin
L. CookNeil L. AndersonOne Fourth of the Apostle's are from
LoganA B Laurence
He is a man. Nothing more. Call no man good. Only one is good and that is God.
Met him in Athens 15 years ago, believe he'd recently been called to the Seventy
after returning from France as a Mission President. He is funny,
kind, enthusiastic and a great teacher (in word and deed).My
companion and I looked at eachother after 2 minutes in Zone Conference, nodded,
and knew that one day he would be an Apostle... perhaps one day President.I'm not even LDS anymore but this fella is a keeper.
I sustained the new apostle of the Lord!
I found out that I am related to Elder Andersen. Our mother's are first cousins.
They grew up across the street from one another in Whitney, Idaho. I am going to
try and be the kind of person he is.
I was very impressed with our newest Apostle! I liked his kindly eyes, and his
wonderful comments. As I sustained him, the thought came to me that The Lord
doesn't choose a man because he might be personable, or a good speaker, handsome
or popular. He chooses who he NEEDS. He knows all of us, and he knows the events
that are coming in the future. He chooses each apostle, and prophet, according
to the need of the church, and the world.We don't know what he will be
called upon to do in the future...but, the Lord is very careful to choose the
man for the job he needs done. What a sense of peace...to know that we are in
the hands of a wise, loving Heavenly Father.