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Topics: prophet, modern revelation
Time: 6 minutes plus up to 12 mins worth of possible add-ons (in purple).
Only a small number of people in the world believe in a real-time prophet today. In times past, clear back to Adam, prophets were rarely popular or widely accepted by their own people. And yet in Doctrine and Covenants, it says:
24 Build upon my rock, which is my gospel;
25 Deny not the spirit of revelation, nor the spirit of prophecy, for wo unto him that denieth these things; (D&C 11:24-25)
We believe in a modern prophet who receives modern revelation.
President Russell M. Nelson is the most memorable prophet, and seer experienced during my lifetime. He is powerful, inspired, revelatory, unforgettable, outside-of-the-box, non-traditional, free-spirited, and I could not love him more. If I were ever lucky enough to be in the same room with him, I would have the strongest urge to hug him dearly. Anyone else loving on President Nelson?
In January of 2018, when the Lord first called President Nelson, I thought, “he’s 93; he’s just a placeholder until the next younger, healthier prophet comes along.” Me in 2021? Just. Blown. Away.
Optional (1-5 mins): Change the last 2 paragraphs and share your feelings about President Nelson. What has he said or done which has inspired or awed you? What is your favorite talk or quote from him (short summary)? How did you feel when he was first called, and how do you feel now? How does having a powerful prophet help your sense of well-being and security in today’s world?
Has he not stunned us all with his miraculous foresight, tenacity and extreme ingenuity? Who can keep up with him? Promises like “fasten your seat-belts” and “eat your vitamin pills” have exceeded expectations.
In fact, he said:
Russell M. Nelson immediately came to mind as I read Mosiah 8:17-18.
17 But a seer can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them, and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known.
18 Thus God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings.
Imagine all the snarky things that were said by detractors of the Church in downtown Salt Lake City when President Nelson announced a four-year closure of Temple Square to make Herculean modifications and make it EARTHQUAKE proof? Noah came to my mind when an earthquake hit Salt Lake City on March 18, 2020. Noah was laughed to scorn for building an ark on dry land. I live a few miles from the epicenter, and it really did “shake my world.” The purpose of upgrading Temple Square became a lot more obvious and relevant to those of us, who live in the area.
Optional: (1-5 mins) take a few minutes and talk about a General Conference talk, quote, counsel, or story from Russell M. Nelson, which touches your heart and why?
Here is a link to all of his General Conference talks on the Church website.
Even more impressive is how essential the Come Follow Me scripture study program and a “home-centered church” has become in our lives with the COVID-19 pandemic. President Nelson put great emphasis on the shift that needed to take place back in 2018, including the reduction of church-building meetings like Sunday School and Relief Society, and others. In October of 2018, he said, “We need an adjustment to this pattern. It is time for a home-centered Church, supported by what takes place inside our branch, ward, and stake buildings.” He even shared this quick story, which seemed unusual at the time in October of 2018:
“I remember a family who, because of such circumstances, was required to meet in their home. I asked the mother how she liked going to church in her own home. She replied, “I like it! My husband uses better language at home now, knowing that he will bless the sacrament here each Sunday.”
And here so many of us lived out that same scenario in 2020 and we may do it again. I love President Nelson. As Mosiah puts it, he has remarkably become “a benefit to his fellow beings.” I’m not taking my eyes off this prophet.
Optional: (1-2 mins) Share your gratitude and/or testimony about prophets in our troubled times.