“Keep on the Covenant Path!” New Era, Mar. 2019, 27.
“Keep on the covenant path” was President Russell M. Nelson’s message to every member of the Church during his first address as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“As We Go Forward Together,” Ensign, Apr. 2018, 7).
It was also one of his messages to the youth.
“My third invitation is for you to do a thorough life assessment with the Lord, and perhaps with your parents and your bishop, to ensure that your feet are firmly planted on the covenant path,” President Nelson said. “If you have wandered off, or if there are some things you need to let go of to help your mind and heart be more pure, today is the perfect time to change.”
So how can you know if you’re firmly planted on the covenant path? How can you know what you need to change or let go of to be more pure and more centered on the path back to Heavenly Father?
“Wherever you are on the covenant path—even if, at this moment, you are not centered on the path—I promise you that if you will sincerely and persistently do the spiritual work needed to develop the crucial, spiritual skill of learning how to hear the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, you will have all the direction you will ever need in your life.”
Chances are, there is or will be something you will need to change. The good news is that repentance is a big part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us.
“If you aren’t sure how to repent, talk with your bishop or your parents or both,” President Nelson said. “They will help you understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. They will help you experience the joy that true repentance always brings.” And don’t put off repentance! Now is the time to play your part in the gathering of Israel.
“Please do not stay off the covenant path one more minute,” he said. “Please come back through true repentance, now. We need you with us in this youth battalion of the Lord. It just won’t be the same without you!”