President Russell M. Nelson: ‘Come, Follow Me’

President of the Church

Notable quotes:

“The Savior Himself has made it abundantly clear that while His resurrection assures that every person who ever lived will indeed be resurrected and live forever, much more is required if we want to have the high privilege of exaltation.”
“What is required for a family to be exalted forever? We qualify for that privilege by making covenants with God, keeping those covenants and receiving essential ordinances.”
“Now, as President of His Church, I plead with you who have distanced yourselves from the Church and with you who have not yet really sought to know that the Savior’s Church has been restored. Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now. Time is running out.”

Summary points:

  1. Jesus Christ teaches the way back home.
  2. Salvation is an individual matter, but exaltation is a family matter.
  3. The Savior’s Church has been restored. Do the spiritual work “to find out for yourselves, and please do it now.”

Talk summary:

Jesus Christ “invites us to take the covenant path back home to our Heavenly Parents and be with those we love.”

As President of His Church, “I plead with you who have distanced yourselves from the Church and with you who have not yet really sought to know that the Savior’s Church has been restored. Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now. Time is running out.”

President Nelson spoke of “a tender separation three months ago” when his daughter, Wendy Nelson Maxfield, died of cancer.

“We miss our daughter greatly. However, because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we do not worry about her.”

In the days after his daughter’s death, President Nelson visited Paradise, California. He met a firefighter who worked during the November 2018 fire that destroyed Paradise, without knowing if his family was safe.

The account of the firefighter’s concern for his family “has prompted me to speak today with those of you who may ask when approaching the end of your mortal life, ‘Where is my family?’ In that coming day when you will complete your mortal probation and enter the spirit world, you will be brought face-to-face with that heart-wrenching question: “Where is my family?”

The Savior Himself has “made it abundantly clear that while His resurrection assures that every person who ever lived will indeed be resurrected and live forever, much more is required if we want to have the high privilege of exaltation. While salvation is an individual matter, exaltation is a family matter.”

God lives and Jesus is the Christ. “His Church and the fulness of His gospel have been restored to bless our lives with joy, here and hereafter.”

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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.
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Because I will be visiting and speaking with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and friends of other faiths in Arizona today, I received an invitation from the Arizona Republic to share some thoughts with their readership. I am always grateful for an opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings. . I wrote that for the last 35 years I have traveled the world, meeting with millions of men and women in more than 130 countries. I’ve witnessed the effects of poverty and wealth, seen the impact of education and the lack thereof, met the high in station and the humblest of souls, and been gratified by humanitarian outreach from so many who care deeply about the human condition—including the Church I now have the privilege of leading. . But the most profound thing I’ve witnessed 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. . The Savior has the capacity to heal you from sin and sadness, from despair and heartache. I have felt this personally again and again. . I am including a link to the article in my bio and invite you to read it if you would like. As you do, I encourage you to consider sharing how making God the center of your lives has filled your own heart with hope.

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  • In a tweet, President Nelson talked about the promises of the temple after the first dedicatory session of the Rome Italy Temple.