Faith in God is, and has always been, the preeminent force for good in this world, wrote President Russell M. Nelson in an op-ed article published Feb. 10 in The Arizona Republic.
“If there is anything I’ve learned in my 94 years of living, it is that a life with God is far better — more filled with hope — than one without Him.”
In the editorial, titled "Viewpoints: LDS president urges spirituality in an increasingly secular world during Phoenix-area visit," President Nelson, 94, wrote that the most profound thing he has witnessed during his lifetime is the unrivaled difference that belief in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, has in a person’s life. “There is simply nothing to compare with the refining, ennobling strength and meaning that come into the life of a devoted believer and servant."
In the op-ed President Nelson wrote about his visit last month to Paradise, California, where he met with and comforted those affected by Camp Fire, which left 86 dead and destroyed more than 18,000 structures. He also wrote about the recent death of his daughter, Wendy Nelson Maxfield, to cancer.
“Whatever your faith tradition or personal circumstances, as a servant of the Lord I invite you to look to Him and make Him the center of your life.”