After President Dieter F. Uchtdorf rededicated the Freiberg Germany Temple, one that stands a short distance from where President Uchtdorf was baptized as a young boy, he continued to travel around eastern Europe, visiting with members and sharing an important message—one he recently summarized on Facebook:
After dedicating the Freiberg Germany Temple on September 4, I was blessed to be able to also visit Church members in Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Norway.
In each of these locations, I felt that it is important for us as members of the Church of Jesus Christ to have a natural confidence in who we are and what we believe. We should not look down on others or be prideful in ourselves, but instead we should walk tall because we know we are sons and daughters of God.
We have the wonderful message of the plan of salvation that answers the key questions in life—where did we come from, why are we here, and where are we going after this life.
We have much in common with those of other faiths all around the world. Many read and believe in the Old and the New Testaments—just as we do. If we are confident and strong in our beliefs, we can share our love for these great books. We can let our friends of other faiths know that there is another testament of Jesus Christ available that fills in some of the remaining puzzle pieces: the Book of Mormon.
These three books are meant to speak together to help us see the full picture of God’s great plan for His children. For example, many have agonized over what happens to their young children who have died before they were baptized. We know from the Book of Mormon the joyful message that these children are not lost but are “alive in Christ” thanks to the power of our Savior’s redeeming grace. What an amazing blessing it is for us to be able to share this good news.
It is my prayer that we will all be excited about sharing what we know. There should be an energy, enthusiasm, and courage among us as members of the Church. As long as we do not limit ourselves by our fears, the Lord will bless our efforts to help our fellowmen. The excitement for God’s great plan and our love for Him which we have in our hearts will spread like light and bless the nations of the world.