The city that once persecuted ancient apostles now welcomes the Apostles of today.
In March 2019, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to Rome to dedicate the city’s first temple, a city that once heavily persecuted the early Apostles and Christians. It was a historic moment. Not only was this the first time in many years that all of the First Presidency and Apostles were present for a temple dedication, but they were together in Rome, one of the most iconic cities in biblical history. While in Rome, each of the current twelve Apostles had the opportunity to bear his testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ. They also read excerpts from The Living Christ, reminding the world of the timeless nature of Jesus Christ and his Atonement.
The Apostles testified of the saving grace that is given to each of us as we repent. They also talked about the comfort we can receive from Christ through all of our fears and times of sorrow. Each Apostle talked about different characteristics of Christ, but they all bore testimony of his divinity and calling as our Savior.
As they bore their testimonies of Christ, they also bore testimonies of the restored gospel, that “the heavens are not closed,” but are open again. President Nelson and the Apostles gave great examples of how we should bear testimony. This gospel is centered on Jesus Christ; so too should our testimonies be centered on him.
Read all of the Apostles’ testimonies of the Savior, given while in Rome.
—Sarah Harris Mormon Insights
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