“Revelation Continues in the Church,” Says President Nelson at Historic October 2019 General Conference

    October 6, 2019
    During a general conference filled with more adjustments and changes to policy and organizational structure in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson said, “Revelation continues in the Church … under the Lord’s direction.”
    Building on those comments from the prophet about this season of revelation, Elder Quentin L. Cook said: “These efforts, together with those announced during the last two years, are not isolated changes. Each of the adjustments is an integral part of an interlocking pattern to bless the Saints and prepare them to meet God.”
    Adjustments announced by the First Presidency began during the General Authority leadership meeting on October 2, where President Nelson announced new opportunities for women, children, and youth to serve as witnesses during baptism and sealing ordinances
    To help young men and young women develop their sacred personal potential, adjustments to the organization of Aaronic Priesthood quorums and Young Women classes, along with a new Young Women theme, were announced by Church leaders. Ward Young Men presidencies were discontinued, giving bishoprics more opportunities to assist Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidencies to learn and fulfill their responsibilities. President Nelson says it’s all connected to helping children and youth to gather Israel and to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
    “They are the ‘hope of Israel, Zion’s army, children of the promised day,’” said President Nelson. “We express our complete confidence in our youth and our gratitude for them.”

    Women Have Direct Access to God’s Power

    In his address to the women of the Church, President Nelson promised women that they have access “to all the spiritual treasures the Lord has for His children.” One spiritual treasure he emphasized is “direct access to the power of God” available to all women. He also emphasized that the voices, input, and power of women are needed in God’s work.
    President Nelson concluded his women’s session address by announcing 8 new temples and blessed the women to “understand the priesthood power with which you have been endowed and that you will augment that power by exercising your faith in the Lord and in His power.”

    Worldwide Welfare Service

    In the Sunday morning session, President Nelson commended members all over the world for their efforts to obey the “second great commandment” and lift the burdens of others to live as true followers of Jesus Christ.
    President Nelson listed efforts by the Church to provide life-sustaining resources through humanitarian work, disaster relief, and fast offerings. “As members of the Church, we feel a kinship to those who suffer in any way,” he said, citing the Savior’s teachings in Matthew 25 as one of the inspirations for selfless service and giving.
    “Giving help to others,” he concluded, “is our joy.”

    Changes to Temple Recommend Questions

    “Individual worthiness to enter the Lord’s house requires much individual spiritual preparation. But with the Lord’s help, nothing is impossible,” said President Nelson. “Individual worthiness requires a total conversion of mind and heart to be more like the Lord, to be an honest citizen, to be a better example, and to be a holier person.”
    President Nelson ended his address by giving members a charge to prepare for the next general conference in April, which will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the First Vision. He invited every member and family, over the next six months, to read Joseph Smith’s account of the First Vision, read and study the Book of Mormon and consider questions about its importance, and become immersed in the light of the Restoration.
    He closed the conference by reaffirming his love for the global membership of the Church and the Savior and said, “Revelation continues in the Church and will continue under the Lord’s direction until ‘the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done’” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 142).

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