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Elder Andersen addresses USU students about the Book of Mormon — 'the keystone of your faith'

FILE - Elder Neil L. Andersen speaks at the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
FILE - Elder Neil L. Andersen speaks at the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Tom Smart, Deseret News

LOGAN — Speaking Sunday evening to young adults from throughout Cache Valley, Elder Neil L. Andersen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declared the Book of Mormon to be “the keystone of your faith.”

Using a variation of the declaration by Joseph Smith that the Book of Mormon is “the keystone of our religion,” Elder Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told thousands gathered at the Spectrum at Utah State University, “I hope to honor the Prophet Joseph by discussing with you what he called the most correct of any book upon the earth, the Book of Mormon.”

Elder Andersen was the speaker for the 72nd Annual Joseph Smith Memorial Devotional, sponsored by the LDS Institute of Religion here. All young adults in the valley, as well as high school seniors, were invited. President Stan L. Albrecht, president of Utah State University, attended the event and sat on the stand with his wife, Joyce.

The apostle spoke of the power of the Book of Mormon in reinforcing faith in Christ and in the restoration, and the “daily power of this sacred book in your lives.”

Referring to a recent Harris Poll, Elder Andersen noted the diminishing spiritual landscape among today’s millennials. “As you see in your generation some move from their convictions, your firm testimony of the Book of Mormon will keep your life anchored to the Savior and his gospel.”

Relating the miraculous work of Joseph Smith, an unlearned man, translating the sacred book, Elder Andersen said, “Book of Mormon prophets foretold that as this record was revealed to the children of men, there would be a marvelous work and a wonder. …”

With the explosive growth of the church and of missionary work across the world, he added, “the power of the marvelous work and a wonder is right before our eyes.”

Continuing, Elder Andersen spent time discussing “the Book of Mormon as the keystone to receiving daily spiritual direction,” and called it “a spiritual Liahona, carefully guiding us through the happiness and the trials of our lives.”

The apostle then read excerpts from emails sent through the Institute of Religion with students’ reflections on how the Book of Mormon has strengthened their faith.

Declaring the sacred book to be “like an exquisite banquet table, 1,000 feet long,” Elder Andersen added, “It will take me a lifetime and more to enjoy the gift of this heavenly banquet.”

In his closing remarks, Elder Andersen promised the students that as they desire and seek more spiritual blessings, they will find them in the sacred Book of Mormon.

Elder Andersen's' wife, Kathy, also spoke to the students and testified of the Book of Mormon. As she held up a copy of the Book of Mormon that she read in her youth, she called the book a "priceless, priceless treasure."