Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What They Said Wednesday–Elder Russell M. Nelson

Full Talk


Talk: Russell M Nelson - Quorum of the Twelve

  • One of the most important concepts of revealed religion is sacred covenants.
  • Covenant - is a sacred promise with God (each accepts the terms)
  • When one accepts a covenant and fulfills their part they receive the blessings.
  • Through the ages, God has made covenants with his children.
  • To Abraham:
    • “In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. “ 3 Nephi 20:25
  • Elements of the covenants would only be fulfilled in the latter days.
    • (What does this mean for those of us here today?)
  • Gods greatest blessing: Eternal Life
  • No distinction between literal seed of Abraham and those gathered by adoption
  • Patriarchal Blessings - Provide each a vision of their future and a connection to the past (via their lineage)
  • Faithfulness to Priesthood = sanctified to renewing of bodies; signifies you receive the Savior, Father, and therefore all He has
  • Ours is the duty to fulfill this responsibility
  • Priesthood duty includes missionary work
  • After more than 4000 years, this is the appointed day when the gospel is to be taken to all the kindreds of the earth--the time of the gathering of Israel, we get to participate
  • The Lord is counting on us.
  • He is profoundly grateful for our daughters who serve as missionaries
  • The Book of Mormon states as one of its purposes:  “That ye may know that the covenant which was made with the children of Israel is already beginning to be fulfilled”
  • The Lord has NOT forgotten!
  • Purposes of Book of Mormon:
    • Convincing the the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ
  • Children of the covenant have the right to receive his doctrine, and to know the plan of salvation
  • All Latter-day Saints enter the New & Everlasting Covenant
    • Enter:  To sustain
    • Keep:  By obeying His commandments
    • Renew:  By partaking of the sacrament
    • Inherit:  All that He hath (Celestial Marriage) is a covenant of exaltation?
      • When we understand this doctrine the (missed this part, anyone?) and the sting of death is removed
  • Greatest compliment in this life is to be known as a covenant keeper
    • Blessed in all things, if faithful to end:  received into a state of never-ending happiness