President Russell M. Nelson: ‘Opening Message’

President of the Church

Notable quotes:

“We can store our own reserves of food, water and savings. But equally crucial is our need to fill our personal spiritual storehouses with faith, truth and testimony.”
“We are to seek, in every way we can, to hear Jesus Christ who speaks to us through the power and ministering of the Holy Ghost.”
“The most important lasting effects of this historic conference will be as our hearts change and we commence a lifelong quest to hear Him.”

Summary points:

  • Striving to become like the Savior brings peace and joy, even during turbulent times. 
  • The purpose of this and every general conference is to help Latter-day Saints “hear Him.” 
  • Latter-day Saints will convene a worldwide solemn assembly at the close of the Sunday morning session and give the Hosanna Shout.

Talk summary: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered Church meetings, missionary service and temple work. Speakers during general conference will speak to an empty auditorium. Though such restrictions relate to the virus, “life’s personal trials stretch far beyond this pandemic.”

The Lord has promised those who are prepared shall not fear (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30). “Of course, we can store our own reserves of food, water and savings. But equally crucial is our need to fill our personal spiritual storehouses with faith, truth and testimony.”

Latter-day Saints’ ultimate quest in life is to prepare to meet God. This is done by striving daily to become more like the Savior, Jesus Christ, through daily repentance and receiving “His cleansing, healing and strengthening power.” This is how enduring peace and joy can be felt, even during turbulent times. 

This year the Church commemorates the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, in which Heavenly Father pointed to Jesus Christ and said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith — History 1:17). 

“We are to seek, in every way we can, to hear Jesus Christ who speaks to us through the power and ministering of the Holy Ghost. The purpose of this and every general conference is to help us to hear Him.”

Church leaders have prayed and invited members to pray that they can hear messages the Savior has especially for them — messages that will bring peace, heal broken hearts and illuminate minds.

“We pray that this conference will be memorable and unforgettable because of the messages you will hear, the unique announcements which will be made, and the experiences in which you will be invited to participate.”

At the conclusion of the Sunday morning session, Latter-day Saints will convene a worldwide solemn assembly and give the sacred Hosanna Shout. 

In the news:

  • President Nelson invited Church members and others to participate in a worldwide fast on Sunday, March 29, for “physical and spiritual healing” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Latter-day Saints found peace by doing so. 

About the speaker:

Recently on social:

  • President Nelson extended a warm welcome to all — “regardless of your faith tradition” — to listen to general conference and “rejoice in the comforting power of revealed truth” amid coronavirus fears.

My dear brothers, sisters, and friends, I know that concerns about your health, the health of your families, the…

Posted by Russell M. Nelson on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • President Nelson extended a special invitation to Latter-day Saints in February to “hear Him.”

My dear friends, today I wish to share with you a special invitation. There are a few wonderful occasions in the…

Posted by Russell M. Nelson on Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • While in Southeast Asia, President Nelson shared a rendering of the temple that will be built in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “I promise that as you are worthy to enter the temple, miracles will come into your life,” he wrote on Twitter.
  • On Thanksgiving, President Nelson posted a picture of him and Sister Nelson walking through a grove of aspen trees. He encouraged Church members to be mindful of blessings from the Lord.