Pleadings From a Prophet: President Russell M. Nelson

The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints receives revelation for the entire world. He knows more about what’s coming than we do. As the ordained prophet and senior apostle, he is more than a prophet; he is also a seer and a revelator. On that note, I searched a handful of President Russell M. Nelson’s talks to capture his most urgent pleas with us. We would be wise to follow his injunctions. Here are a few quotes of him pleading for us to act—to act now and not delay. When the Lord’s servant pleads with us to do something, we would be wise to listen. That is the only way to safety. 

Below are direct quotes from President Russell M. Nelson:

Attacks against the Church, its doctrine, and our way of life are going to increase… nothing is more crucial to your eternal life than your own conversion…. So today I plead with my sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to step forward! Take your rightful and needful place in your home, in your community, and in the kingdom of God—more than you ever have before…. And I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that as you do so, the Holy Ghost will magnify your influence in an unprecedented way! … Together we will help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.

—Russell M. Nelson, “A Plea to My Sisters,” Oct. 2015

I urgently plead with each one of us to live up to our privileges as bearers of the priesthood. In a coming day, only those men who have taken their priesthood seriously, by diligently seeking to be taught by the Lord Himself, will be able to bless, guide, protect, strengthen, and heal others. Only a man who has paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bring miracles to those he loves and keep his marriage and family safe, now and throughout eternity.

—Then-Elder Russell M. Nelson, “The Price of Priesthood Power,” April 2016

While the world is filled with uncertainty, there need not be uncertainty in your heart and mind about what is true and what is not. Uncertainty is born of imperfect or unknown information. As an Apostle, I plead with you to learn God’s irrevocable laws. Learn them by study and by faith. That means, among other things, ‘[living] by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.’

—President Russell M. Nelson, “Prophets, Leadership, and Divine Law,” Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 8, 2017, Brigham Young University

Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for our Lives,” April 2018

Now I plead with each of you to do as the teenaged Joseph did. Take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself—right now at your age—how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that! …

Set a standard for the rest of the world! Embrace being different! The booklet entitled For the Strength of Youth should be your standard. It is the standard that the Lord expects all His youth to uphold. Now, as His humble servant, I plead with you to study this booklet again. Prayerfully read it like you’ve never read it before. Mark it up. Talk about it. Discuss the standards with your friends. Decide how you can live these standards, your standards, with even more exactness.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “Hope of Israel,” Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 3, 2018

Whether you are diligently moving along the covenant path, have slipped or stepped from the covenant path, or can’t even see the path from where you are now, I plead with you to repent. Experience the strengthening power of daily repentance—of doing and being a little better each day…. I plead with you to be the men and young men the Lord needs you to be. Make your focus on daily repentance so integral to your life that you can exercise the priesthood with greater power than ever before. This is the only way you will keep yourself and your family spiritually safe in the challenging days ahead.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “We Can Do Better and Be Better,” April 2019.

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.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “‘Come Follow Me,’” April 2019

The voices and pressures of the world are engaging and numerous. But too many voices are deceptive, seductive, and can pull us off the covenant path. To avoid the inevitable heartbreak that follows, 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.

—President Russell M. Nelson,  “Make Time for the Lord,” Oct. 2021

With frightening speed, a testimony that is not nourished daily ‘by the good word of God’ can crumble. Thus, the antidote to Satan’s scheme is clear: we need daily experiences worshipping the Lord and studying His gospel. I plead with you to let God prevail in your life. Give Him a fair share of your time. As you do, notice what happens to your positive spiritual momentum.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “The Power of Spiritual Momentum,” April 2022

My dear brothers and sisters, with all the pleadings of my heart, I urge you to get on the covenant path and stay there. Experience the joy of repenting daily. Learn about God and how He works. Seek and expect miracles. Strive to end conflict in your life…. I plead with you to do all you can to end personal conflicts that are currently raging in your hearts and in your lives.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “The Power of Spiritual Momentum,” April 2022

I plead with you to come unto Him so that He can heal you! He will heal you from sin as you repent. He will heal you from sadness and fear. He will heal you from the wounds of this world. Whatever questions or problems you have, the answer is always found in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

—President Russell M. Nelson,  “The Answer is Always Jesus Christ,” April 2023

Contention drives away the Spirit—every time. Contention reinforces the false notion that confrontation is the way to resolve differences; but it never is. Contention is a choice. Peacemaking is a choice. You have your agency to choose contention or reconciliation. I urge you to choose to be a peacemaker, now and always.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “Peacemakers Needed,” April 2023

Physical intimacy is only for a man and a woman who are married to each other.

Much of the world does not believe this, but public opinion is not the arbiter of truth. The Lord has declared that no unchaste person will attain the celestial kingdom. So when you make decisions regarding morality, please think celestial. And if you have been unchaste, I plead with you to repent. Come unto Christ and receive His promise of complete forgiveness as you fully repent of your sins.

—President Russell M. Nelson, “Think Celestial!” Oct. 2023

Jeffrey Denning

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