President Russell M. Nelson Invites All to “Hear Him”
Contributed By Church News staff
- Efforts to #HearHim include going to the scriptures, attending the temple, and being involved in family history.
- Blessings include power to deal with temptation, struggles, and weakness, as well as miracles and greater joy.
“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.”
The three instances of God the Father introducing His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ—on the Mount of Transfiguration, to the Nephites in ancient Bountiful, and to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove—included the invitation of “hear Him,” President Russell M. Nelson said during the Sunday morning session of general conference.
To hear and hearken to Christ, Latter-day Saints can go to the scriptures, attend the temple, participate in family history work, better recognize the whisperings of the Holy Ghost,” and heed the words of prophets, seers, and revelators, he said.
“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.”
Church leaders considered erecting a monument to commemorate the First Vision’s bicentennial. “We felt impressed to create a monument—not of granite or stone but of words—words of solemn and sacred proclamation—written not to be carved in ‘tables of stone’ but rather to be etched in the ‘fleshy tables’ of our hearts.”
“Study it privately and with your family members and friends,” President Nelson said. “Ponder the truths, and think of the impact those truths will have on your life if you will hear them, hearken to them, and heed the commandments and covenants that accompany them,” he said.
As a benediction to the message and the proclamation, President Nelson invited those watching to join in the Hosanna Shout and singing “The Spirit of God.”
“God lives! Jesus is the Christ! His Church has been restored! He and His Father, our Heavenly Father, are watching over us,” he testified.