President Russell M. Nelson: ‘Spiritual Treasures’

President of the Church

Notable quotes:

“How I yearn for you to understand that the restoration of the priesthood is just as relevant to you as a woman as it is to any man.”
“What could possibly be more exciting than to labor with the Spirit to understand God’s power –– priesthood power?”
“When a man understands the majesty and power of a righteous, seeking, endowed Latter-day Saint woman, is it any wonder that he feels like standing when she enters the room?”

Summary points:

  • The heavens are just as open to women who are endowed with God’s power flowing from their priesthood covenants as they are to men who bear the priesthood.  
  • If this world loses the moral rectitude of its women, the world will never recover.
  • Efforts to minister to each other, proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead converge in the holy temple. 

Talk summary:

Every woman and every man who makes covenants with God and keeps those covenants, and who participates worthily in priesthood ordinances, has direct access to the power of God.

“Those who are endowed in the house of the Lord receive a gift of God’s priesthood power by virtue of their covenant.”

The heavens are just as open to women who are endowed with God’s power flowing from their priesthood covenants as they are to men who bear the priesthood. “I pray that truth will register upon each of your hearts because I believe it will change your life.”

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Prayerfully read section 25 of the Doctrine and Covenants and discover what the Holy Ghost will teach you. “Your personal, spiritual endeavor will bring you joy as you gain, understand, and use the power with which you have been endowed.”

A warning: “There are some who would have you doubt yourself and minimize your stellar spiritual capacity as a righteous woman.”

Satan will contrive roadblocks to prevent women from understanding all with which they have been and can be blessed. “It grieves me to think that any of you have felt marginalized or have not been believed by a priesthood leader, or have been abused or betrayed by a husband, father, or a supposed friend. I feel deep sorrow that any of you have felt side-lined, disrespected, or misjudged. Such offenses have no place in the kingdom of God.”

In the holy temple, women are authorized to perform and officiate in priesthood ordinances every time they attend. 

“All our efforts to minister to each other, proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead converge in the holy temple.”

In the news:

  • While he was in Argentina, President Nelson witnessed how a partnership between Latter-day Saint Charities and CILSA — a nongovernmental organization that works in Argentina for the full inclusion of people with disabilities — blesses individuals in need of wheelchairs. 
  • President Nelson gave an address during the 110th annual convention of the NAACP in Detroit on July 21. During his address, the prophet spoke about lifting one another as brothers and sisters and how we are all children of God.
  • Addressing mission presidents at the Provo Missionary Training Center, President Nelson invoked blessings of safety, health, guidance and peace to those in attendance.
  • Speaking to a crowd of 15,500 Latter-day Saints on June 9 in the Amway Center in Orlando, President Nelson shared seven truths about the gospel that have the power to change lives. 
  • President Nelson was part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah.
  • While on his visit to New Zealand, President Nelson expressed his love to those who had been impacted by the March 15 shootings in Christchurch. In behalf of the Church, he also donated $100,000 to the two mosques that were damaged in the attacks.

About the speaker:

Recently on social:

  • In a tweet, President Nelson reflected on his ministry to Central and South America and how the Restoration is a continuing process.
  • A video on Instagram shows the prophet during his birthday celebration. In the video President Nelson testified that if there’s one thing he has learned in his 95 years of life, it is the reality that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
  • In an Instagram post, President Nelson showed a picture from Tahiti, his last stop during his Pacific ministry. According to the post, the Church was established in the area 175 years ago before the early pioneers arrived in Utah.