President Nelson spoke during his October 2018 address during the general women’s session about the role of women in the gathering of Israel.
- “Every woman is a mother by virtue of her eternal divine destiny.”
- “As women, you inspire others and set a standard worthy of emulation.”
- “My dear sisters, we need you! We need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices.”
“No one can do what a righteous woman can do. No one can duplicate the influence of a mother.”
Daughters of Heavenly Father are mothers by their divine nature and through their spiritual gifts, each has the power to set a standard that will change the world for the better.
Following the example of “Mother Eve,” the women in the Church today have the power to move “God’s plan of happiness forward.”
The ministering spirit of the women of the Church has inspired many of the changes necessary to bring about the work of gathering Israel in the latter-days.
The gathering of Israel is the greatest challenge, cause and work on the earth, and it cannot be done without the mothers of Israel.
“Together, we can do all that our Heavenly Father needs us to do to prepare the world for the Second Coming of His Son.”
Four challenges issued by President Nelson and the promised blessings women will receive by following them:
- Participate in a 10-day fast from social media and any other media which may produce negative and impure thoughts. Notice and record changes, experiences and impressions during this time. "The effect of your 10-day fast may surprise you."
- Read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year and mark each verse which refers to the Savior. Doing so will invite blessings of increased inspiration, revelation and miracles by bringing you closer to the Savior.
- Attend the temple regularly and make it a habit. Time in the temple will “teach you how to draw upon His priesthood power with which you have been endowed in His temple.”
- Participate more fully in Relief Society and study the current Relief Society statement of purpose. Doing so will help women to better understand their purpose at this precise time and their role in the gathering of Israel.
- President Russell M. Nelson became the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in January 2018.
- He was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 34 years.
- He received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah.
- He received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
- A renowned surgeon, President Nelson assisted on the first ever human open-heart surgery.
- President Nelson has held several research and director positions including director of the thoracic surgery residency at the University of Utah.
- The University of Utah honored President Nelson in June 2018 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 119 great-grandchildren.
- He married Sister Wendy Watson, marriage and family therapist, in 2006.
On the Web:
- Elder Nelson is active on Facebook and Twitter.
- Read a post on his Facebook account about coming back to the covenant path:
- This tweet from President Nelson’s account talks about the value of doing spiritual work in order to have the Holy Ghost with us.
The importance of women:
- As a father of nine girls (and one son), President Nelson often addresses his talks to women and discusses the sacred role of motherhood. Here are a few:
- Elder Russell M. Nelson: Honoring women is sacred duty
- President Russell M. Nelson: 'A Plea to My Sisters'
- 10 responses on how President Nelson's devotional inspired young women
Staying close to God:
- Since becoming President of the Church, President Nelson has emphasized the importance of personal revelation in today’s world.
- He also extended a challenge to youth of the Church to engage in a 7-day social media fast to increase their spiritual capacity.
- In September, President Nelson addressed more than 49,000 Church members at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.
- He celebrated his 94th birthday last month. Here are 31 unique photos celebrating his life.
- He released a statement in August 2018 asking members to start referring to the Church as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
- President Nelson recently visited Jerusalem for his worldwide tour and spoke about being a witness of Christ. Watch the video here: