Elder Rasband extols true friendships at fireside

by | Mar. 08, 2010

What We Believe

From receiving a new suit to opportunities to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, friends and mentors have played an important role in the life of Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy, he said during a Church Educational System fireside Sunday evening.

Speaking to young adults gathered in Brigham Young University's Marriott Center and to others watching via satellite broadcast or the Internet around the world, Elder Rasband said, "My message tonight centers on the importance in each of our lives of righteous friendships."

He spoke of the friendships he has developed in his life and how they have given him peace and strength.

"Why do I emphasize that?" he asked. "Because in today's world, so many people willingly trade those friendships for video characters and quick text messages. ... They are choosing to 'hang out' rather than commit to a deep and meaningful relationship that can be sealed in the temple for eternity. Think about it. True friendships are based on love of God and sharing that love with others."

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