President Russell M. Nelson has given inspired and inspiring counsel to the saints and the world.
As the living Prophet, we must hear him and follow him, as he hears and follows the Lord. “In this, there is safety and peace.” Those who “follow the prophet” are always blessed. Here are some of President Nelson’s repeated major messages.
“As disciples of Jesus Christ, our efforts to hear Him need to be ever more intentional. It takes conscious and consistent effort to fill our daily lives with His words, His teachings, His truths.” “What will happen as you more intentionally hear, hearken and heed what the Savior has said, and what He is saying now through His prophets? I promise you that you will be blessed with additional power to deal with temptation, struggles and weakness. I promise miracles in your marriage, family relationships and daily work. And I promise that your capacity to feel joy will increase, even if turbulence increases in your life.” (Gen. Conf. April 2020)
“Increase Your Spiritual Capacity to Receive Revelation“
“In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting and constant influence of the Holy Ghost,” “I renew my plea for you to do whatever it takes to increase your spiritual capacity to receive personal revelation.” (Gen Conf Oct 2018; Gen Conf April 2020)
“Stay on Covenant Path”
“Now, to each member of the Church I say: Keep on the covenant path. Your commitment to follow the Savior by making covenants with Him and then keeping those covenants will open the door to every spiritual blessing and privilege available to men, women and children everywhere.” (Press Conf. 2018)
“The gathering of Israel is the most important thing taking place on earth today,” “Anytime we do anything that helps anyone — on either side of the veil — to make and keep their covenants with God, we are helping to gather Israel.” (Youth Devotional, June 2018; Gen Conf Oct 2020)
“Make Time for the Lord Each Day“
“I plead with you today to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life—each and every day.” (Gen. Conf. Oct 2021)
“Let God Prevail”
“Israel means ‘Let God Prevail.’“ “Are you willing to let God prevail in your life?” “Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life. Will you allow His words, His commandments, and His covenants to influence what you do each day? Will you allow His voice to take priority over any other?” (Gen. Conf. Oct. 2020)
“I plead with you to repent. Experience the strengthening power of daily repentance — of doing and being a little better each day.” (Gen. Conf. April 2019)
“We abhor the reality that some would deny others respect and the most basic of freedoms because of the color of his or her skin.” ““Any of us who has prejudice toward another race needs to repent!” “Today, I call upon our members everywhere to lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice. I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.” (Church News, June 1, 2020; Gen Conf Oct 2020)
“Adopt a Home-centered, Church-supported Curriculum”
“It is time for a home-centered Church.” This morning we announce a new balance and connection between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church.” A “home-centered, Church-supported curriculum.” (Gen Conf Oct 2018, pre-Covid)
“Beware of Social Media”
“If most of the information you get comes from social or other media, your ability to hear the whisperings of the Spirit will be diminished.” Gen Conf Oct 2021 (In 2018 President Nelson challenged members to go on a 7-10 day social media fast.)
“We urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective.” “We are thankful for the countless [people] who have performed the grueling work required to make this vaccine available. We have prayed often for this literal godsend.” (First Presidency Statement, Aug 12, 2021; Deseret News, Jan 19, 2021)
“Use Face Masks”
“We urge the use of face masks in public meetings whenever social distancing is not possible.” (First Presidency Statement, Aug. 12, 2021)
President Nelson “Urges” and “Pleads”
President Nelson does not “command” or “order” the saints to do something. Instead, he “pleads” and “urges.” “Plead” means “to make an emotional appear.” “Urge” means “to try earnestly and persistently to persuade someone to do something.”
President Nelson respects our free will/agency. We can choose the right and receive the blessings, or we can reject his counsel and receive the consequences.
The Lord’s Proclamations Regarding the Living Prophet
D&C 1:38: “Whether my mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”
D&C 68:4: “Whatsoever they [prophets] shall speak when moved upon by the holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.”
D&C 21: 4-6: “Thou shalt give heed unto all his [living prophet] words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;
“For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
“For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.”