President Russell M. Nelson: Closing remarks

President of the Church

Notable quotes:

“Sacred ordinances and covenants are pivotal to preparing a people who are ready to welcome the Savior at His Second Coming.”
“Individual worthiness to enter the Lord’s house requires much individual spiritual preparation.”
“In some respects, it is easier to build a temple than it is to build a people prepared for a temple.”

Summary points:

  • The crowning jewel of the Restoration is the holy temple.  
  • All requirements to enter the temple relate to personal holiness; some temple recommend questions have been edited for clarity.
  • Individuals and families are asked to prepare for a unique general conference next spring, commemorating 200 years since the First Vision.

Talk summary:

The Lord wants all His children to partake of the eternal blessings available in His temple. “He has directed what each person must do to qualify to enter His holy house.”

All requirements to enter the temple relate to personal holiness. To assess that readiness, each person who wants to enjoy the blessings of the temple participates in temple recommend interviews and answers questions. Some of those questions have recently been edited for clarity.

See the list of revised temple recommend questions shared by President Nelson

“In addition to answering those questions honestly, it is understood that each adult temple patron will wear the sacred garment of the priesthood under their regular clothing. This is symbolic of an inner commitment to strive each day to become more like the Lord. It also reminds us to remain faithful to covenants made each day and to walk on the covenant path each day in a higher and holier way.”

Individual worthiness to enter the Lord’s house requires much individual spiritual preparation.  “But with the Lord’s help, nothing is impossible. In some respects, it is easier to build a temple than it is to build a people prepared for a temple.”

The restored gospel of Jesus Christ will bring hope and joy to people who will hear and heed His doctrine.

“In the springtime of the year 2020, it will be exactly 200 years since Joseph Smith experienced the theophany that we know as the First Vision.”

Read more: 2020 a ‘bicentennial year,’ with April conference ‘different from any previous conference’

The year 2020 will be designated as a bicentennial year. “General conference next April will be different from any previous conference. In the next six months, I hope that every member and every family will prepare for a unique conference that will commemorate the very foundations of the restored gospel.”

In the news:

  • While he was in Argentina, President Nelson witnessed how a partnership between Latter-day Saint Charities and CILSA — a nongovernmental organization that works in Argentina for the full inclusion of people with disabilities — blesses individuals in need of wheelchairs. 
  • President Nelson gave an address during the 110th annual convention of the NAACP in Detroit on July 21. During his address, the prophet spoke about lifting one another as brothers and sisters and how we are all children of God.
  • Addressing mission presidents at the Provo Missionary Training Center, President Nelson invoked blessings of safety, health, guidance and peace to those in attendance.
  • Speaking to a crowd of 15,500 Latter-day Saints on June 9 in the Amway Center in Orlando, President Nelson shared seven truths about the gospel that have the power to change lives. 
  • President Nelson was part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah.
  • While on his visit to New Zealand, President Nelson expressed his love to those who had been impacted by the March 15 shootings in Christchurch. In behalf of the Church, he also donated $100,000 to the two mosques that were damaged in the attacks.

About the speaker:

Recently on social:

  • In a tweet, President Nelson reflected on his ministry to Central and South America and how the Restoration is a continuing process.
  • A video on Instagram shows the prophet during his birthday celebration. In the video President Nelson testified that if there’s one thing he has learned in his 95 years of life, it is the reality that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
  • In an Instagram post, President Nelson showed a picture from Tahiti, his last stop during his Pacific ministry. According to the post, the Church was established in the area 175 years ago before the early pioneers arrived in Utah.