9 Gary E. Stevenson Quotes for His Birthday – Church News and Events

Gary E. Stevenson was appointed to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015. Born August 6, 1955, in Cache Valley, Utah, he served a full-time mission in the Japanese Fukuoka Mission and attended Utah State University. He married Lesa Jean Higley on August 20, 1979 at the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple and they have four sons.

Brother Stevenson was co-founder and president of Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., a health and fitness company that took him around the world.

The Stevensons moved their family to Asia in 2004 when Elder Stevenson accepted a call to serve as president of the Japan Nagoya Mission; the family returned to that area of ​​the world when Elder Stevenson was called a General Authority Seventy. Prior to his call to be an Apostle, he served as Presiding Bishop of the Church.

In honor of Elder Stevenson’s birthday today, here are nine of his quotes from the past year.

1. The temple is the house of the Lord

Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles interviews five Primary children about their experience visiting the Tokyo Japan Temple before its rededication on July 3, 2022. The segment aired during the Friend to Friend event on July 30.

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“Our heavenly Father loves each of his children; He especially loves the Primary children. He loves every child of God. I know our Heavenly Father lives. I know the temple is literally the house of the Lord. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I testify that he is the Son of God.

— Friend-to-friend broadcast, July 30, 2022

2. Temple Blessings

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President Henry B. Eyring of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles look on the grounds before the rededication of the Tokyo Japan Temple in Tokyo on Sunday, 7 July 3, 2022.

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“It’s hard not to talk about temples, when talking about how Japanese members will be able to grow and strengthen in their families.” The temple offers “a wonderful way to honor our families and loved ones—and to honor the Lord by gathering Israel on the other side of the veil.”

— Rededication of the Tokyo Japan Temple, July 3, 2022

3. Guiding Principles for Using “Preach My Gospel”

Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks to mission leaders during the 2022 Seminar for New Mission Leaders, Friday, June 24, 2022.

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“For me, there is nothing that demonstrates and personalizes both the blessing and the power of ‘Preach My Gospel’ than teaching the lessons found in Chapter 3 of this inspired guide. His purpose behind his name comes to life when we teach from him.

— Seminar for new Heads of Mission, June 24, 2022

4. Jesus Christ as Foundation and Cornerstone

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Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks to participants at the cornerstone dedication ceremony at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple on Sunday May 8, 2022.

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“It is on its foundation that we are built. We can think of Jesus Christ as the cornerstone of our hearts.

— Dedication of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, May 8, 2022

5. Good things come from the gospel

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Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson and Brother Carlos A. Godoy and his wife Monica Godoy addressed attendees during a youth devotional meeting at the temple stake center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, May 7, 2022.

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“The gospel brings us good things. Good things come from seminary. Good things come from the institute. Good things come from the gospel.

— Meeting with young people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 7, 2022

6. Like, share, invite

Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Annual General Conference, April 3, 2022.

Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Annual General Conference, April 3, 2022.

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“What I urge you to do is not a new program. You have heard these principles before. This is not the “next big thing” the Church asks you to do. These three things are just an extension of who we already are as followers of Jesus Christ.

— “Like, Share, Invite,” April 2022 general conference

7. Set Meaningful Personal Spiritual Goals

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A Facebook post by Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles talks about setting meaningful goals on January 1, 2022.

“While our New Year goals may include ways to improve physically or temporally, I encourage you to consult with your Heavenly Father and also set meaningful personal spiritual goals. Goals that will strengthen your foundation and your faith in Jesus Christ. Don’t forget to thank him, he is the giver of all good gifts.

– Facebook post, January 1, 2022

8. The beauty of the gospel

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Gary E. Stevenson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 191st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Salt Lake Conference Center City, October 15, 2019. 2, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

“It has been said that the gospel of Jesus Christ is ‘simply beautiful and beautifully simple.’ The world is not. It is complicated, complex and filled with turmoil and conflict. We are blessed when we are careful not to let complexity, so common in the world, enter into the way we receive and practice the gospel.

— “Simply Beautiful — Beautifully Simple,” October 2021 general conference

9. Missionaries and the Restoration

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Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, speak with missionaries before Thanksgiving dinner in the cafeteria at Provo Missionary Training Center after a morning devotional Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Provo , Utah.

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Noting that Joseph Smith, Emma Smith, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Book of Mormon publisher EB Grandin were all between the ages of 22 and 24 in April 1829:

“The Lord relied on these young people in their twenties – they are people of your age. He trusted them. And he will do it to you. He trusts and relies on you” to be part of the ongoing Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

– Devotion Provo MTC, November 25, 2021

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