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President Russell M. Nelson: 'Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints'

President of the Church

Notable quotes:

In his closing remarks, President Russell M. Nelson urged Church members to study the general conference messages.

  1. "I urge you to study these messages, commencing this week. They express the mind and the will of the Lord for His people, today."
  2. "Our need to be in the temple on a regular basis has never been greater."
  3. "I bless you to become exemplary Latter-day Saints."

Talk summary:

"The new home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith."

Attending the temple is crucial to salvation and exaltation of individuals and families.

"After we receive our own temple ordinances and make sacred covenants with God, each one of us needs the ongoing spiritual strengthening and tutoring that is only possible in the House of the Lord."

"Currently we have 159 dedicated temples. The proper care and maintenance of those temples is very important to us. With the passage of time, temples are inevitably in need of refreshing and renewal. To that end, plans are now being made to renovate and update the Salt Lake Temple and other pioneer generation temples. Details on these projects will be shared as they are developed."

Temples will be built in the following locations:

Mendoza, Argentina; Salvador, Brazil; Yuba City, California; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Praia, Cape Verde; Yigo, Guam; Puebla, Mexico; Auckland, New Zealand; Lagos, Nigeria; Davao, Philippines; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Washington County, Utah.

"Building and maintaining temples may not change your life, but spending your time in the temple surely will. To those who have long been absent from the temple, I encourage you to prepare and return as soon as possible."

Promised Blessings:

President Nelson promised blessings to Church members if they strive to implement the new home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum. "I promise that as you diligently work to remodel your home into a center of gospel learning, over time your Sabbath Days will be a delight. Your children will be excited to learn and to live the Savior's teachings, and the influence of the adversary in your life and home will decrease. Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining." "I promise you that our rigorous attention to use the correct name of the Savior's Church and its members will lead to increased faith and access to greater spiritual power for members of His Church."

Speaker snapshot:

  • 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 passed away from cancer in 2005, have 10 children, 57 grandchildren, and over 100 great-grandchildren.
  • He married Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, a 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:

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 members of the Church to engage in a 7-day social media fast to increase their spiritual capacity.

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