- When Jesus asks one to “repent,” He is inviting a change of mind as well as how one loves, thinks, serves, spends time, treats a spouse, teaches children and cares for one's body and health.
- The Lord does not expect perfection but rather a progression of becoming increasingly pure.
- The Lord needs men who put others’ welfare ahead of their own, who work to clearly hear the voice of the Spirit, who keep their covenants, who are sexually pure, who are eager to repent and who have a zeal to serve.
“When Jesus asks you and me to 'repent,' He is inviting us to change our mind, our knowledge, our spirit — even the way we breathe. He is asking us to change the way we love, think, serve, spend our time, treat our wives, teach our children and even care for our bodies.”
Daily repentance is the pathway to purity, and personal purity can make one a powerful tool in God’s hands.
“Whether you are diligently moving along the covenant path, have slipped or stepped from the covenant path or can’t even see the path from where you are now, I plead with you to repent. Experience the strengthening power of daily repentance — of doing and being a little better each day.”
Brethren are to prayerfully seek and understand what stands in the way of their repentance. “Identify what stops you from repenting. And then change! Repent! All of us can do better and be better than ever before.”
The Lord needs men who put others’ welfare ahead of their own, who clearly hear the voice of the Spirit, who are sexually pure, who are eager to repent and who have a zeal to serve.
“I bless you to become those men. I bless you with the courage to repent daily and learn how to exercise full priesthood power. I bless you to communicate the love of the Savior to your wife and children and to all who know you. I bless you to do better and to be better. And I bless you that as you make these efforts, you will experience miracles in your life.”
In the news:
- President Nelson dedicated the Rome Italy Temple on Sunday, March 10, 2019. See full coverage of the Rome Italy Temple here.
- President Nelson was the first Church leader to have a formal audience with the pope. Watch a video about the meeting.
- Here are 10 tender moments from President Nelson’s first year as president of the Church.
- In February 2019, President Nelson spoke to 65,000 Latter-day Saints at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix on what it really means to gather Israel.
- President Nelson wrote an op-ed for the Arizona Republic in February 2019, inviting others to come unto Christ.
- In October 2018, President Nelson went on a ministry tour to South America, visiting Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
- On Oct. 28, 2018, President Nelson dedicated the Concepcion Chile Temple. He was accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson. See 37 of the best photos from the event here.
- President Nelson addressed Latter-day Saints in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on exercising faith in God and trusting in His divine plan.
- After the devastating fire in Paradise, California, President Nelson visited Church members in the area. Watch a video of his visit here.
- See highlights from President Nelson’s ministry in 2018 with these unique photos.
- In his opening remarks last conference, President Nelson addressed Church members on "a new balance and connection between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church."
- In October 2018 general conference, President Nelson spoke during the women’s session about their role in gathering Israel.
- During the Sunday morning session of October 2018 general conference, President Nelson gave a talk on the importance of calling The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by its full name. In his closing remarks, he spoke about being “Exemplary Latter-day Saints.”
- Last conference, President Nelson announced 12 new temples.
About the speaker:
- 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.
- A renowned surgeon, President Nelson assisted on the first ever human open-heart surgery. 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 119 great-grandchildren.
- He married Sister Wendy Watson, marriage and family therapist, in 2006.
Recently on social:
- While in Italy for the Rome temple dedication, President Nelson testified in an Instagram post “that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.” He also bore his witness of the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that forgiveness and healing is available through Him.
- In an Instagram post, President Nelson shared some of his thoughts from an op-ed that he wrote for the Arizona Republic.
- On Twitter, President Nelson reminded the youth that their ability to have more impact on the world depends on their level of devotion to the Savior.