President Russell M. Nelson spoke during the Sunday morning session of October 2022 general conference. He taught that those who make and keep covenants can find rest and overcome the world with the Savior’s help. The following is a summary of what he said.
President Nelson’s conference talk summary
The complexities and challenges of the world leave many feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Making and keeping covenants makes life easier. The Savior has promised: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). “Those who live the higher laws of Jesus Christ have access to His higher power. Thus, covenant-keepers are entitled to a special kind of rest.”
Because Jesus Christ overcame the world and atoned for all of God’s children, all can overcome the world with His help. Overcoming the world means overcoming the temptation to care more about the things of the world than the things of God. It means loving Him and His Son more than anyone or anything else. By seeking for and following the promptings of the Spirit and striving to live His higher laws, “the Savior lifts us above the pull of this fallen world by blessing us with greater … rest.”
“My plea to you this morning is to find rest from the intensity, uncertainty and anguish of this world by overcoming the world through your covenants with God. … Cherish and honor your covenants above all other commitments. As you let God prevail in your life, I promise you greater peace, confidence, joy and, yes, rest.”
Notable quotes from President Nelson’s conference talk
Entering into a covenant relationship with God binds us to Him in a way that makes everything about life easier.
I … plead with you now to take charge of your own testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Work for it. Nurture it so that it will grow.
Because Jesus Christ overcame this world, you can too.
Who is President Nelson?
- President Russell M. Nelson became the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, after serving 34 years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He is now the oldest President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the longest-living Apostle in this dispensation.
- A renowned surgeon, President Nelson assisted on the first human open-heart surgery in Utah using a heart-lung machine. In June 2018, the University of Utah honored President Nelson with an endowed chair in surgery.
- He and his late wife, Sister Dantzel White Nelson, who died in 2005, have 10 children, 57 grandchildren and more than 140 great-grandchildren. He married Sister Wendy Watson in 2006.
What has President Nelson done recently?
- During the April 2022 general conference, he taught that contention violates everything the Savior stood for, shared five ways to maintain positive spiritual momentum, and announced 17 new temple locations.
- A surprise guest at the Ephraim Utah Temple groundbreaking, President Nelson honors central Utah’s history, pioneers
- Calling every temple ‘a symbol of Jesus Christ,’ President Nelson rededicates the Washington D.C. Temple