"Spiritual death is more likely when goals are unbalanced toward things physical." - Russell M. Nelson,¯ General Conference, April 1992
"Trees reach up for the light and grow in the process. So do we as sons and daughters of heavenly parents. Facing upward provides a loftier perspective than facing right or facing left. Looking up in search of holiness builds strength and dignity as disciples of Deity." - Russell M. Nelson,¯ General Conference, April 1996
"In order to experience true joy in the morning, or at any time, at least three factors are needed. You need to feel good about the people with whom you live and work - your companions in life. You must feel good about yourself - not in any sense of conceit, but simply a proper esteem for yourself, well deserved. And possibly most important, you must feel good about your relation to God and sincerely love Him." - Russell M. Nelson,¯ General Conference, October 1986
"What happens without spiritual learning? What happens to the pilot of a glider when he is cut loose from the power of his tow plane? There may be banks and turns, but ultimately there is only one direction he can go, and that is down! We must gain learning, but we must apply it wisely. Otherwise, we have politics without principle, industry without morality, knowledge without wisdom, science without humanity!" - Russell M. Nelson,¯ "Protect the Spiritual Power Line," General Conference, October 1984
"How is it possible to achieve the 'impossible'? Learn and obey the teachings of God. From the holy scriptures, heaven-sent lift will be found for heaven-sent duties." - Russell M. Nelson,¯ "With God Nothing Shall Be Impossible," General Conference, April 1988
"Let us be wise and keep away from temptations and snares. Let us cautiously avoid 'foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.' Let us 'flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.' Let us 'fight the good fight of faith' and 'lay hold on eternal life' (1 Tim. 6:9, 11:12)." - Russell M. Nelson,¯ Russell M. Nelson "The Magnificence of Man," New Era, Oct. 1987, p. 50
"Agency, or the power to choose, was ours as spirit children of our Creator before the world was. (See Alma 13:3; Moses 4:4.) It is a gift from God, nearly as precious as life itself." -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "Addiction or Freedom," "Ensign," Nov. 1988, p. 7
"This modern dispensation of which I speak fulfills the biblical promise of a 'restitution of all things' (Acts 3:21; see also Rev. 14:6, 7). It also fulfills another scriptural promise that 'the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word' (Alma 29:8). We believe in the restitution of the same organization that once existed in the early Christian Church, with Apostles, prophets, and teachers (see A of F 1:6). Our origins did not spring from protest of any kind; hence, we are not a Protestant denomination. Rather, we understand that the church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, established, as the Apostle Paul once declared, 'upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone' (Eph. 2:20)." - Russell M. Nelson, "Combating Spiritual Drift—Our Global Pandemic," Ensign, Nov. 1993, p. 104
"The lineage of Joseph, through Ephraim and Manasseh, is the seed appointed to lead in the gathering of Israel. The pioneers knew--through their patriarchal blessings and the Old Testament, amplified by scriptures and revelations of the Restoration--that the long-awaited gathering of Israel was to commence with them. This 'ball' was in their court!" -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "The Exodus Repeated," Ensign, July 1999, p. 12
"Inspiration has prepared the way from the beginning, when the Lord impressed the Prophet Joseph Smith to compose the twelfth article of faith: 'We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.' This inspired statement was surely written for our day. The Prophet knew that the gospel was ultimately to be taken to all nations regardless of their governmental differences. He knew that the ordinances of salvation and exaltation could bless the lives of people regardless of their politics. And he knew that people who were taught correct principles and who were loyal to their civil leaders and observing of their local laws would be most able to enjoy the blessings of the gospel." - Russell M. Nelson, "Drama on the European Stage," Ensign, Dec. 1991, p. 7
"Worthy music, dance, art, and writing are among the creative activities that can enrich the soul. A good hobby can dispel heartache and give zest to life." -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending, and Other Favorite Discourses," Deseret Book Co., p. 14
"Nephi said, 'I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.' (1 Nephi 19:23.) He was advising us to weave the fiber of scriptural wisdom into the fabric of our own being." -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "The Power within Us," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988], p. 29
"Why are you seeking a higher education? At least two great reasons emerge. One: You are to learn in your youth to keep the commandments of God. There is no other way you can achieve your divine destiny. A prophet said: 'As you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God, even so I hope that you will continue in keeping his commandments; for blessed is he that endureth to the end. (Alma 38:2)' Reason number two: Learn wisdom so that you can render significant service of worth to your fellowmen. How frustrating it would be to have desire only and little or no ability to help people. Prepare your minds and your hands so that you can qualify to serve people and bless their lives. Gain competence that others do not have. That takes work-it takes effort-but it is worth the price." -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending, and Other Favorite Discourses," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1998], p. 209
"Contention existed before the earth was formed. When God's plan for creation and mortal life on the earth was first announced, sons and daughters of God shouted for joy. The plan was dependent on man's agency, his subsequent fall from the presence of God, and the merciful provision of a Savior to redeem mankind. Scriptures reveal that Lucifer sought vigorously to amend the plan by destroying the agency of man.... Th[e] war in heaven was not a war of bloodshed. It was a war of conflicting ideas-the beginning of contention." -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending, and Other Favorite Discourses," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1998], p. 57
"Simple words—and not much temptation to break this commandment, you may add. But to clarify, in our day the Lord added, 'Thou shalt not... kill, nor do anything like unto it.' (D&C 59:6) Do you think he could foresee our time, when mankind would disregard reverence for life and authorize abortion on a massive scale throughout the world? Of course he could. That is why he warned us again. Few acts could bring guilt and sorrow quite so surely as the shedding of innocent blood, regardless of the age of the victim. We need this counsel today, perhaps more than ever before." -- Russell M. Nelson, "The Power within Us," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988], p. 129
"Yes, compounds derived from dust—¯elements of the earth—¯are combined to make each living cell in our bodies. This is one of the marvels of our creation. Likewise, it will be one of the marvels of our resurrection. The miracle of the resurrection is matched only by the miracle of our creation in the first place. No one knows precisely how two germ cells unite to make one. Nor do we know how that resulting cell multiplies and divides to make others—¯some to become eyes that see, ears that hear, or fingers that feel glorious things about us. Each cell contains chromosomes with thousands of genes, chemically ensuring the identity and independence of each individual. Our bodies undergo constant rebuilding according to genetic recipes that are uniquely ours. Each time we take a bath, we lose not only dirt but also cells dead and dying, as they are replaced by a newer crop. This process of regeneration and renewal is but prelude to the promised phenomenon and future fact of our resurrection." -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "The Gateway We Call Death," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 83
"This great priesthood power of resurrection is vested in the Lord of this world. He taught, 'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.' (Matthew 28:18) Though he supplicated his Father for aid at the eleventh hour, the final victory over death was earned by the Son. These are his words: 'Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.' (John 10:17-18) This power he subtly proclaimed when he told the Jews: 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. . . . But he spake of the temple of his body.' (John 2:19, 21) The keys of the resurrection repose securely with our Lord and Master. He said: 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.' (John 11:25-26.)" -¯ Russell M. Nelson, "The Power within Us," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988], p. 147
"To magnify your callings in the Aaronic Priesthood, you young men should shape your personal efforts toward five personal objectives to:
1) Gain a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2) Be worthy of missionary service.
3) Keep yourself morally clean and qualified to enter the holy temple.
4) Pursue your personal education.
5) Uphold Church standards and be worthy of your future companion.
How can you remember those five objectives? It's easy. Look at your hand. Let your pointer finger point to the scriptures. From them gain a better knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then live in accord with His teachings. Let your middle finger remind you to be worthy of missionary service. Let your ring finger remind you of marriage, endowment, sealing, and blessings of the temple. Let your end finger remind you that pursuit of an education is a religious responsibility. Let your thumb go up, reminding you to uphold the standards of the Church and be worthy of your eternal companion. The realization of these five objectives will bless your lives." - Russell M. Nelson, "Personal Priesthood Responsibility," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"To me, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon is most evident in the mighty change that comes into the lives of those who read it 'with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ.' (Moro. 10:4.) Many of them forsake much that they held dear to be true to their new commitment to abide by the precepts of that book. The Book of Mormon truly is a treasured testament. There is no other book quite like it. Can you find any other book delivered by an angel? Can you think of any other book prepared for people to read centuries later? Its writers did not write it for readers of their day. No royalties accrued to its authors from sales to contemporary consumers. In fact, its authors paid dearly for their privilege of authorship, as did its translator." - Russell M. Nelson, "A Treasured Testament," Ensign, July 1993, p. 65
"Your responsibility to endure is uniquely yours. But you are never alone. I testify that the lifting power of the Lord can be yours if you will 'come unto Christ' and 'be perfected in him.' You will 'deny yourselves of all ungodliness.' And you will 'love God with all your might, mind and strength.' (Moro. 10:32)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Endure and Be Lifted Up," General Conference, April 1997
"Keeping the garden of marriage well cultivated and free from weeds of neglect requires the time and commitment of love. It is not only a pleasant privilege, it is a scriptural requirement with promise of eternal glory. (See Eph. 5:25, 33; Col. 3:19; 1 Pet. 3:1; Jacob 3:7; D&C 132:19)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Listen to Learn," Ensign, May 1991, p. 23
"The home is the great laboratory of love. There the raw chemicals of selfishness and greed are melded in the crucible of cooperation to yield compassionate concern and love one for another. (See Mosiah 4:14-15; D&C 68:25-31)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women," Ensign, May 1999, p. 40
"Carefully listen to learn from the Lord through the still small voice-the Holy Spirit-which leads to truth. (See 1 Kgs. 19:12; 1 Ne. 17:45; D&C 85:6.) Listen to learn by studying scriptures that record His holy mind and will. (See John 5:39; Alma 14:1; Alma 33:2.) Listen to learn in prayer, for He will answer the humble who truly seek Him. (See Mosiah 9:18; Mosiah 23:10; Alma 9:26; D&C 19:23; D&C 112:10; Abr. 2:19; JS-H, footnote, para. 5, p. 59.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Listen to Learn," Ensign, May 1991, pp. 24-25
"Personal roots, physical and spiritual, merit gratitude. For my life, I am grateful to my Creator as well as to my dear parents and progenitors. I try to honor them by learning of them and serving them in the temple. (See D&C 128:15.) Parents have a responsibility to share knowledge of their personal roots with their children and grandchildren. Learning their history together unifies a family." - Russell M. Nelson, "Roots and Branches," General Conference, April 2004
"Resurrection is requisite for eternal perfection. Thanks to the atonement of Jesus Christ, our bodies, corruptible in mortality, will become incorruptible. Our physical frames, now subject to disease, death, and decay, will acquire immortal glory. (See Alma 11:45; D&C 76:64—70.) Presently sustained by the blood of life (See Lev. 17:11.) and ever aging, our bodies will be sustained by spirit and become changeless and beyond the bounds of death. (LDS Bible Dictionary, s.v. 'resurrection': 'A resurrection means to become immortal, without blood, yet with a body of flesh and bone.')" - Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending," Ensign, November 1995, p. 87
"I learned long ago that a period of uninterrupted scriptural study in the morning brings enduring enrichment. I feel as did Jeremiah: 'Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart' (Jer. 15:16). Sacred scriptures have been repeatedly described as 'glad tidings of great joy' (Hel. 16:14; Mosiah 3:3; Alma 13:22; see also Luke 2:10). As we learn and abide their teachings, that joy becomes part of our lives." - Russell M. Nelson, "Joy Cometh in the Morning," Ensign, November 1986, p. 69
"Upon our shoulders lies the responsibility to keep the faith through our own generation. This 'ball' is now in our court! We of modern Israel are destined to be 'a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation' (Ex. 19:6). We know that we are children of the covenant (see Acts 3:25; 3 Ne. 20:25-26). We are remnants of the seed now to be gathered and gleaned into God's eternal garners (see Alma 26:5)." - Russell M. Nelson, "The Exodus Repeated," Ensign, July 1999, p. 13
"Scriptures certify that the priesthood has continued and will continue 'through the lineage of [the] fathers' (D&C 86:8. See also D&C 84:6-17; D&C 107:40; Abr. 1:2-4.) Ordination to its offices has timeless implication as well. Tenure in priesthood office may extend into postmortal realms. For example, scriptures declare that one ordained as a high priest may be a high priest forever. (See Alma 13:9, 14.) Promised blessings of the priesthood extend to men, women, and children throughout the world and may endure forever. (See Gen. 17:1-7; Gen. 22:16-18; Gen. 26:3-4; Gen. 28:13-14; Isa. 2:2-3; 1 Ne. 15:18; Alma 29:8; D&C 124:58; D&C 132:47; Abr. 2:11.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Constancy amid Change," Ensign, November 1993, p. 35
"We know that there is an opposition in all things. (See 2 Ne. 2:10-11, 15.) Not surprisingly, therefore, faith, hope, and charity have their opposing forces. As illustrated in the letter from which I read, the antithesis of faith (For descriptions of faith, see Heb. 11:1; Alma 32:21.) is doubt; the opposite of hope is despair. And the opposite of charity is disregard or even disdain for the Savior and his commandments." - Russell M. Nelson, "A More Excellent Hope," Ensign, February 1997, p. 61
"Faith can be fortified through prayer. Prayer is the powerful key to making decisions, not only concerning your physical body, but concerning all other important aspects of your life. Humbly seek the Lord in prayer with a sincere heart and real intent, and He will help you. (See Alma 33:23; Moro. 7:9; Moro. 10:4; D&C 9:7-9.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Choices," Ensign, November 1990, p. 75
"Paul's warnings describe apostasy and other dangers of our day. Some of these perils are contrary to God's purposes and are championed by persuasive people possessing more ability than morality, more knowledge than wisdom. Their rationalization breeds justification. The Bible affirms that the 'way of a fool is right in his own eyes.' (Prov. 12:15.) Indeed, individuals with malignity of purpose often wear the mask of honesty. So we must constantly be on guard." - Russell M. Nelson, "Where Is Wisdom?" Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 8
"... the kingdom of God is governed by the authority of the priesthood. It is not conferred for honor, but for a ministry of service. Priesthood titles are not created by man; neither are they for adornment, nor do they express mastership. They denote appointment to service in the work of the Lord. We are called, sustained, and ordained-not by ourselves, but "by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof." (A of F 1:5; see also Heb. 5:4.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Honoring the Priesthood," Ensign, May 1993, p. 38
"Happiness comes when scriptures are used in shaping our lives. They speak of the 'brightness of hope' (2 Ne. 31:20) for which we yearn. But if our hopes were narrowly confined only to moments in mortality, we should surely be disappointed. Our ultimate hope must be anchored to the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, 'If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.' (D&C 14:7)" - Russell M. Nelson, "A More Excellent Hope," Ensign, Feb. 1997, p. 63
"Trials and tests apply to rich and poor alike. Years ago, I was asked to perform an operation upon a very wealthy man. A surgical biopsy confirmed that he had an advanced cancer that had spread throughout his body. As I reported this news, his immediate response was to rely upon his wealth. He would go anywhere or do anything to treat his condition. He thought he could buy his way back to health. But he soon passed away. Someone asked, 'How much wealth did he leave?' The answer, of course, was, 'All of it!'
"His priorities were set upon things of the world. His ladder of success had been leaning against the wrong wall. I think of him when I read this scripture: 'Behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is... too late.' (Hel. 13:38)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Now Is the Time to Prepare," General Conference, April 2005
"Jesus, our Savior, was born in the lowliest of circumstances. For his baptism he was immersed in the lowest body of fresh water upon the planet. In service and suffering, he also 'descended below' all things (D&C 122:8), that he could rise above all things. Near the end of his life, he triumphantly declared, 'I have overcome the world.' (John 16:33.) 'Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.' (3 Ne. 15:9.) Scriptures tutor us at least twenty-six times** to endure to the end to attain eternal life. Then we will obtain a resurrected body—¯one that is incorruptible, glorified, and prepared to live in the presence of God.
"To reach your highest destiny, emulate the Savior. He proclaimed, 'What manner of men ought ye to be?... Even as I am.' (3 Ne. 27:27.) Our loftiest hope is to grow in spirit and attain 'the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children.' (Eph. 4:13-14.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Self-Mastery," Ensign, Nov. 1985, 32
**Matt. 10:22; Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:13; 1 Ne. 13:37; 1 Ne. 22:31; 2 Ne. 9:24; 2 Ne. 31:15-16, 20; 2 Ne. 33:4; Omni 1:26; Alma 32:13, 15; Alma 38:2; 3 Ne. 15:9; 3 Ne. 27:6, 16-17; Morm. 9:29; Moro. 8:26; D&C 10:69; D&C 14:7; D&C 18:22; D&C 20:25; D&C 20:29; D&C 53:7.
"Now is the time to align our goals with God's goals. His work and His glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man' (Moses 1:39)—¯can become ours. Of temple marriage the Savior declared, 'If a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant,... [they] shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions,... exaltation and glory in all things.' (D&C 132:19) We are to emulate the example of the Lord, to love as He did, to pray as He did, and to endure to the end as He did. (2 Ne. 33:4)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Now Is the Time to Prepare," Ensign (CR), April 2005
"Peace can prevail only when that natural inclination to fight is superseded by self-determination to live on a loftier level. Coming unto Jesus Christ as the 'Prince of Peace' (Isa. 9:6.) is the pathway to peace on earth and goodwill among men. (See Luke 2:14.) He made a promise to us: 'Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.' (Matt. 5:9; see also 3 Ne. 12:9; Joseph Smith Translation, Matt. 5:11.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.39
"The Savior and His servants (See D&C 1:38.) do not speak words of complacency but teach what people need to know. Through the ages, history attests that contemporary critics have pressed Church leaders to modify a decree of the Lord. (For examples, see 1 Sam. 8:4-7; Matt. 7:21; Luke 6:46; 3 Ne. 14:21.) But such is eternal law, and it cannot be altered. Not even for His Beloved Son could God change the law that required the Atonement. Divine doctrines cannot be squeezed into compact molds to make them fit fashionable patterns of the day. Nor can they be fully expressed on a bumper sticker." - Russell M. Nelson, "Constancy amid Change," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.33
"'Thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.' (D&C 115:4.)
"Note carefully the language of the Lord. He did not say, 'Thus shall my church be named.' He said, 'Thus shall my church be called.' Years ago, its members were cautioned by the Brethren who wrote: 'We feel that some may be misled by the too frequent use of the term 'Mormon Church.'' (Member-Missionary Class—¯Instructors Guide, Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1982, p. 2.) Before any other name is considered to be a legitimate substitute, the thoughtful person might reverently consider the feelings of the Heavenly Parent who bestowed that name.
"Surely every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord is precious. So each word in this name must be important—¯divinely designated for a reason. If we study the key words in that name, we can better understand the names full significance." - Russell M. Nelson, "Thus Shall My Church Be Called," Ensign (CR), May 1990, p.16
"We need not be dismayed if our earnest efforts toward perfection now seem so arduous and endless. Perfection is pending. It can come in full only after the Resurrection and only through the Lord. It awaits all who love him and keep his commandments. It includes thrones, kingdoms, principalities, powers, and dominions. (See D&C 132:19.) It is the end for which we are to endure. (Matt. 10:22; Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:13.) It is the eternal perfection that God has in store for each of us." - Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.86
"Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility. Yet opportunities and abilities differ. I believe that in the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty.
"Our Creator expects His children everywhere to educate themselves. He issued a commandment: 'Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.' (D&C 88:118.) And He assures us that knowledge acquired here will be ours forever. (See D&C 130:18-19.)
"Measured by this celestial standard, it is apparent that those who impulsively drop out and cut short their education not only disregard divine decree but frustrate the realization of their own potential." - Russell M. Nelson, "Where Is Wisdom?," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.6
"When we pray, we should not presume to give counsel but should inquire of the Lord [The Lord said, 'If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge' (D&C 42:61.) The Lord explained that 'you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought' (D&C 9:8-9).] and hearken to His counsel. Joseph Smith's first prayer ushered in the Restoration of the gospel. In 1833, he received the Word of Wisdom after asking the Lord for counsel. The revelation on the priesthood received in 1978 by President Spencer W. Kimball came after intense inquiry. Inspiration regarding the construction of smaller temples came after the pondering of President Gordon B. Hinckley." - Russell M. Nelson, "Where Is Wisdom?" Ensign, November 1992, 6
"... relationships with neighbors, friends, and associates will be enhanced as we approach them with 'the pure love of Christ'. (Moro. 7:47.) A desire to emulate the Lord provides powerful motivation for good. Our craving for compassion will cause us to act in accord with the Golden Rule. (Matt. 7:12) By so doing, we will find joy in feeding the poor, clothing the naked, or doing volunteer work of worth.
"Service to neighbors takes on new stature when we first look to God. In the Church, when priesthood and auxiliary leaders face their congregations, quorums, and classes as would the Lord, they learn that it does not matter where they serve, but how. Position in the Church does not exalt anyone, but faithfulness does. On the other hand, aspiring to a visible position—¯striving to become a master rather than a servant—¯can destroy the spirit of the worker and the work." - Russell M. Nelson, "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.14
"This doctrine of the gathering is one of the important teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord has declared: 'I give unto you a sign ... that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion.' (3 Ne. 21:1) The coming forth of the Book of Mormon is a sign to the entire world that the Lord has commenced to gather Israel and fulfill covenants He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We not only teach this doctrine, but we participate in it. We do so as we help to gather the elect of the Lord on both sides of the veil.
"The Book of Mormon is central to this work. It declares the doctrine of the gathering. It causes people to learn about Jesus Christ, to believe His gospel, and to join His Church. In fact, if there were no Book of Mormon, the promised gathering of Israel would not occur." - Russell M. Nelson, "The Gathering of Scattered Israel," Ensign, November 2006
"The hope of the world is the Prince of Peace—¯our Creator, Savior, Jehovah, and Judge. He offers us the good life, the abundant life, and eternal life. Peaceful—even prosperous—¯living can come to those who abide His precepts and follow His pathway to peace. This I declare to all the world." - Russell M. Nelson, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.39
"Development of the spirit is of eternal consequence. The attributes by which we shall be judged one day are those of the spirit. These include the virtues of integrity, compassion, love, and more. (D&C 4:6) Your spirit, by being housed in your body, is able to develop and express these attributes in ways that are vital to your eternal progression. (See 2 Ne. 2:11-16, 21-26; Moro. 10:33-34.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "We Are Children of God," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p.85
"Loyalty to the Lord carries an obligation of loyalty to those called by the Lord to lead His Church. He has empowered that men be ordained to speak in His holy name. (See D&C 1:38; D&C 21:5; D&C 68:4.) As they guide His unsinkable boat safely toward the shore of salvation, we would do well to stay on board with them. (See Acts 27:30-31; 1 Ne. 18:21-23.) No waters can swallow the ship where lies / The Master of ocean and earth and skies. ('Master, the Tempest Is Raging,' Hymns, no. 105.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Endure and Be Lifted Up," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.70
"The doctrine of repentance is much broader than a dictionary's definition. When Jesus said 'repent,' His disciples recorded that command in the Greek language with the verb metanoeo. This powerful word has great significance. In this word, the prefix meta means 'change.' The suffix relates to four important Greek terms: nous, meaning 'the mind'; gnosis, meaning 'knowledge'; pneuma, meaning 'spirit'; and pnoe, meaning 'breath.'
"Thus, when Jesus said 'repent,' He asked us to change—¯to change our mind, knowledge, and spirit—¯even our breath. A prophet explained that such a change in one's breath is to breathe with grateful acknowledgment of Him who grants each breath. King Benjamin said, 'If ye should serve him who has created you... and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath... from one moment to another—¯I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.'
"Yes, the Lord has commanded us to repent, to change our ways, to come unto Him, and be more like Him. This requires a total change. Alma so taught his son: 'Learn wisdom in thy youth,' he said. 'Learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.... Let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Repentance and Conversion," General Conference, April 2007
"Only the comprehension of the true Fatherhood of God can bring full appreciation of the true brotherhood of man. That understanding inspires desire to build bridges of cooperation instead of walls of segregation." - Russell M. Nelson, "Teach Us Tolerance and Love," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.69
"When comparing one's personal performance with the supreme standard of the Lord's expectation, the reality of imperfection can at times be depressing. My heart goes out to conscientious Saints who, because of their shortcomings, allow feelings of depression to rob them of happiness in life.
"We all need to remember: men are that they might have joy—¯not guilt trips! (2 Ne. 2:25.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.86
"The Bible and the Book of Mormon are both witnesses of Jesus Christ. They teach that He is the Son of God, that He lived an exemplary life, that He atoned for all mankind, that He died upon the cross and rose again as the resurrected Lord. They teach that He is the Savior of the world.
"Scriptural witnesses authenticate each other. This concept was explained long ago when a prophet wrote that the Book of Mormon was 'written for the intent that ye may believe [the Bible]; and if ye believe [the Bible] ye will believe [the Book of Mormon] also.' Each book refers to the other. Each book stands as evidence that God lives and speaks to His children by revelation to His prophets.
"Love for the Book of Mormon expands one's love for the Bible and vice versa. Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible. We are indebted to martyrs who gave their lives so that we could have the Bible. It establishes the everlasting nature of the gospel and of the plan of happiness. The Book of Mormon restores and underscores biblical doctrines such as tithing, the temple, the Sabbath day, and the priesthood." - Russell M. Nelson, "Scriptural Witnesses ," General Conference, 6 October 2007
"The development of faith in the Lord is an individual matter. Repentance is also an individual matter. Only as an individual can one be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. Each of us is born individually; likewise, each of us is 'born again' (John 3:3, 7; Mosiah 27:25; Alma 5:49; 7:14; Moses 6:59.) individually. Salvation is an individual matter." - Russell M. Nelson, "Salvation and Exaltation," General Conference, April 2008
"The subject of marriage is debated across the world, where various arrangements exist for conjugal living. My purpose in speaking out on this topic is to declare, as an Apostle of the Lord, that marriage between a man and a woman is sacred—¯it is ordained of God. I also assert the virtue of a temple marriage. It is the highest and most enduring type of marriage that our Creator can offer to His children." - Russell M. Nelson, "Celestial Marriage," General Conference, October 2008
"Spiritual security will always depend upon how one lives, not where one lives. Saints in every land have equal claim upon the blessings of the Lord." - Russell M. Nelson, "The Gathering of Scattered Israel," CR October 2006
“The crowning attribute that leads to joy is love of God. Even that first look in the mirror can be more enjoyable knowing we are created in his image. Each of us can say, as did the Apostle, 'Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance' (Acts 2:28; see also Ps. 16:11). - Russell M. Nelson, “Joy Cometh in the Morning,"¯ Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 67
“For each of you to receive revelation unique to your own needs and responsibilities, certain guidelines prevail. The Lord asks you to develop 'faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God.' Then with your firm 'faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, [and] diligence,' you may ask, and you will receive; you may knock, and it will be opened unto you." - Russell M. Nelson, “Ask, Seek, Knock,"¯ Ensign, November 2009
"Spiritual self-esteem begins with the realization that each new morning is a gift from God. Even the air we breathe is a loving loan from him. He preserves us from day to day and supports us from one moment to another (see Mosiah 2:21)." - Russell M. Nelson, "Joy Cometh in the Morning," Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 67
"Facing you, I am reminded of military days long ago when our platoon heard shouts from a sergeant: 'Attention!' 'Right face!' 'Left face!' 'About face!' We learned to respond to those orders with instant precision. In retrospect, I don't recall ever having heard his command to 'face upward.' Yet scriptures tell us to 'look to God and live.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p. 14
"We teach that God's love for His children is infinite. Regardless of race, nationality, or gender, He loves all of them. He has done so from the beginning and will continue to do so. He invites all to gain eternal exaltation for their family. His work and His glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life—the exaltation—of His children. 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Generations Linked in Love," Ensign (CR) May 2010
"Each exemplary follower of Jesus Christ can become an effective member missionary. Members and full-time missionaries may walk arm in arm in bringing the blessings of the gospel to cherished friends and neighbors. Many of them are of Israel, now being gathered as promised. This is all part of the preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord. He wants each of us truly to be an example of the believers."¯ - Russell M. Nelson, "Be Thou an Example of the Believers,"¯ Ensign (CR) October 2010
"The Lord said, 'Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.' I have learned that such faith gives emancipating power. Facing God first lets us decide firmly what we shall not do; then we are free to pursue what we ought to do." - Russell M. Nelson, "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.14
"False gods can only lead to dead ends. If our journey through life is to be successful, we need to follow divine direction. The Lord said, 'Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.' And the Psalmist wrote, 'Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Living by Scriptural Guidance," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.16
I believe there is no greater call in the Church than to be an effective teacher. Effective teaching by the Spirit can stir the souls of men with a desire to live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ more completely. - Russell M. Nelson, "Teaching—¯No Greater Call," Ensign (CR) April 1983
The source of our spiritual power is the Lord! The ultimate source of spiritual power is God our Father. The messenger of this power is the Holy Ghost. This power differs from electrical power. An electrical appliance consumes power. The use of His spiritual power replenishes our power. While electrical power can be used only for measured periods of time, spiritual power can be used for time and eternity! - Russell M. Nelson, "
Clearly, Lehi knew opposition, anxiety, heartache, pain, disappointment, and sorrow. Yet he declared boldly and without reservation a principle as revealed by the Lord: “Men are, that they might have joy.” Imagine! Of all the words he could have used to describe the nature and purpose of our lives here in mortality, he chose the word joy! – Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign (CR) November 2016
It is true. We live to die, and we die to live again. From an eternal perspective, the only death that is truly premature is the death of one who is not prepared to meet God. – Russell M. Nelson, “Face the Future with Faith,” Ensign (CR) May 2011
Irrespective of age, we mourn for those loved and lost. Mourning is one of the deepest expressions of pure love. It is a natural response in complete accord with divine commandment: “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.” (D&C 42:45.)
Moreover, we can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life. – Russell M. Nelson, “Doors of Death,” Ensign (CR) May 1992
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