José A. Teixeira: Seeking the Lord

Contributed By the Church News

  • 5 April 2015

In beginning his remarks Sunday morning, April 5—Easter Sunday—Elder José A. Teixeira of the Seventy said that in this special season of the year, “I cannot help but reflect on the significance of the Savior’s teachings and His kind and loving example in my life.”

Quoting Doctrine and Covenants 6:36, which reads, “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not,” Elder Teixeira explained that seeking the Lord is “a daily quest, a worthwhile effort.”

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Members have unprecedented opportunities and resources to deepen their understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ, said Elder Teixeira. “Using these resources appropriately will help us live a fruitful life filled with joy.”

In the metaphor of the vine and the branches, Christ said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:4).

The more individuals understand the role of Christ, Elder Teixeira said, the more conscious they become of their purpose in mortality, which is to have joy. “I know by personal experience that the joy of living in righteousness and abiding in Christ can continue despite the tribulations of mortality.”

Elder Teixeira encouraged members to have interactions with the teachings of Christ every day. He promised, “Small and simple gestures and acts made daily will deepen our understanding of the significance of the Lord in our lives and will help us share this understanding with the rising generations, who will surely feel the love of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, when they see our example of sincerely living the gospel.”

Noting that today’s networked lifestyle—with mobile data, smartphones, and social networks—can transport individuals to places and activities that remove them from what is essential, Elder Teixeira gave three habits to establish healthy online activity. “These habits will generate the daily self-reflections that are necessary for us to grow closer to the teachings of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.”

First, visit the Church’s official website for resources.

Second, subscribe to the Church’s official social networks.

Third, make time to set aside mobile devices.

In conclusion, Elder Teixeira said, “God wants us to have joy and feel His love. Christ makes such joy a possibility for each of us. We have the means to know Him better and to live His gospel.”