I’ll tell you what he sees. He does not like walls that separate or segregate. Required fields are marked *, Talks on Missionary Work by Prophets and Apostles. He added chapters 8 and 9 to the book of Mormon . The 93-year-old former heart surgeon, who is the second-oldest man to assume leadership of the 16-million member church, is now considered a “prophet, seer and revelator” by Mormons. What can you tell us about his desire to connect with peoples of diverse backgrounds, and, diverse points of view and his instant ability to express love to them? A prophet is a teacher. He’s so quick to adapt. And it’s pretty funny, but it works. I am a non-LDS who has a great deal of respect for Mormons as being some of the most astonishingly well read Christians that I have ever had the privilege to discuss theology with. Its leaders of nations. But, bottom-line, a new prophet is called by a logical, straightforward process: seniority. Yet the Mormons are apparently in the process of selecting their next prophet. The president of the Quorum of the Twelve, along with the rest of the apostles, sets apart the new president of the Church through a formal laying on of hands. They both saw and heard with their natural eyes and ears, and then the words which were uttered came, accompanied by the convincing power of God, to their hearts, and they were filled with the Spirit and with great joy. We know this was going to happen.” And then he goes to plan B. I’ll tell you some specifics in a minute. https://www.prophetpaintings.com/pages/list-of-latter-day-prophets Copyright © 2021 Deseret News Publishing Company. To increase his ability to receive revelation for the Church; to increase my ability to receive personal revelation for my life. The Lord gave His people a testimony that left no room for doubt as to who was the man He had chosen to lead them. And there she was, and you know, she’s in our hearts. Parley P. Pratt, an original member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, spoke of this time in his autobiography. Sister Sheri Dew: When you married Elder Russell M. Nelson in 2006, you kind of stepped onto a moving train. And he is willing to do whatever he is instructed to do. He wants to bring the blessings of the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. He will absolutely show you how. Our home is designed by both of us to make sure that the Spirit can be there and full abundance so that hearing Him is always on our mind. And all that stopped on a dime, his calendar became your calendar, and you stepped into a brave new world, as it were. After Sidney Rigdon had spoken and made his case to be “guardian” of the Church, Brigham Young arose and addressed the congregation. I could feel this is of God, I mean, there’s no way you can do this. He’s wild about God’s love — laws and love. These may be new truths or explanations of truths already received. It was taped a few weeks ago at the Conference Center where Sister Nelson also participated in another media interview. To get to your point: What did I learn through that? I think it would be terrible. And they’re not putting on airs, and they just want to do what the Lord wants them to do. And he will say, “Well, we knew there would have to be an obstacle when something that’s good is going to, you know, affect the world and prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Savior. And sometimes you start with, “OK, God is my Heavenly Father. We’ve talked about how he doesn’t see color of people. Henry B. Eyring Second Counselor in the First Presidency Let God’s laws prevail. The Mormon church has adopted a fully automated seniority system for determining the selection of its living prophets. I never wanted to leave them because of this connection. And, in fact, he will sometimes say, “I’m better today than I was yesterday.” So imagine, I sometimes say to him what someone else said, and that is, “What do you think we’ll be doing 1,000 years from now,” because I’ve shared a lot with these first 15. John Taylor Prophet from October 10, 1880 to July 25, 1887. Any counsel you would give to someone going through transition, whether it’s marriage, job, health, so many different things? Reduce and simplify. Since the beginning of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when a prophet dies, the most senior apostle steps up to fill the vacancy. we watched via satellite so i wasn’t physically there, but i could sense that this was a profound moment for the church. This is a man on a mission for the Lord. His Atonement is real. Here is the testimony of some of our modern prophets on the Lord being in charge of who becomes the next prophet: Though we often refer to the president of the Church as “The Prophet”, it is important to remember that we sustain all the apostles in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve as prophets, seers, and revelators. Sister Wendy Nelson: He is so gracious. What do you think let God prevail means for him? But to the question of what I’ve experienced through all of that travel, I feel like I have friends, that we have friends, all over the world. President Nelson, a leader of almost 17 million Latter-day Saints worldwide, has traveled extensively, changed Church organization, issued historic invitations, used technology and built many bridges of understanding. They are rock solid. I know without a doubt he was chosen premortally to be the Lord’s Prophet to the world, on the earth today, at this precise time. And he’s looking to the next thing. when the First Presidency has been reorganized. There was no “Oh, maybe I’ll love you in 15 days.” This was like, “I love you. It would have to involve something about the gathering of Israel. Joseph Smith Jr. Prophet from April 6, 1830 to June 27, 1844 (14 years) Brigham Young Prophet from December 27, 1847 to August 29, 1877. I would feel that speaking to a congregation of 50,000 or a little small branch in Yekaterinburg, Russia — the same thing. It's a formula--just like the conversion of dollars to euros to pesos at a specified exchange rate. Sidney Rigdon, who had been a member of the First Presidency with Joseph Smith, was among those who claimed to be the next leader of the Church. But he loves learning and teaching about God’s laws, because then they’re so predictable. We are blessed to be led by living prophets. The Lord shows the next American president. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, wave to attendees during a devotional in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 19, 2019. In this Church News podcast, we celebrate this milestone as guest host Sister Sheri Dew interviews President Nelson’s wife, Sister Wendy Nelson.They explore the life and ministry of the Prophet over the past three years. Differences that I noticed with him, even in the last three years since becoming president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he is more future oriented than ever. SALT LAKE CITY — Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered some tough love on Sunday during the faith’s 189th Annual General Conference. Everyone fully expects the new prophet to be Russell M. Nelson, the current president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. If I take a question to the scriptures, I can get it answered.” Stick with what you absolutely know to be true and do not look to the right or the left. Keep immersed in all the light they can. So that’s just a little context there. Prayer is real. In time, the First Presidency was reorganized under that authority, and new apostles were called to fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the 12. The last Nephite prophet in the Book of Mormon (about A.D. 421). The US election is coming forth in 2016. If we’re with someone, and they will say, “Oh, President Nelson, thank you for this. Let God’s vision prevail. when i was a kid, i remember going to our stake center for the funeral of president howard w. hunter, who was then the president (aka prophet) of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints. Wendy, back off. OK, I better start there, start there, and then try to figure out the personal element.” That’s right. The authority exists to provide continuous priesthood keys on the earth, and an orderly pattern has been established. He’s always been honoring, but he’s even more honoring of other people’s agency. The First Presidency is automatically dissolved. It is an easy thing to believe in the dead prophets. Sister Wendy Nelson: He is so different from when I married him and I am so different, at least I hope we are, because our marriage is such a great joy for each of us. And he just doesn’t want to bring the blessings to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. And I have never seen the grief that when he is aware that someone is not experiencing the blessings of what the Lord has for them because they’re breaking a commandments — that is what makes him sad. Sister Wendy Nelson: Number one, stick with what you know to be true. George Q. Cannon described how in this moment, Brigham Young appeared and sounded like Joseph Smith in a miraculous manifestation from the Lord: “It was the first sound of his voice [Brigham’s] which the people had heard since he had gone east on his mission, and the effect upon them was most wonderful. There is exactly 0% room for inspiration in this system. Because our experience these days doesn’t look anything like those early days of transitioning. Moroni was also the last Book of Mormon prophet and the son of Mormon, the prophet who was the principal compiler of the record and the person from whom the Book of Mormon takes its name. He will never go through a doorway first. He receives revelations from the Lord. His prayers are different. The most senior member of the quorum, Packer was expected to succeed Thomas S. Monson, current Mormon prophet and president of the Church of … In D&C 107: 23-24, a revelation given to Joseph Smith, the Lord explained that the Quorum of the 12 held the same authority as the First Presidency: “The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling. Members of the LDS Church are asked to sustain the new prophet and his counselors at a solemn assembly during the next General Conference. And I know that fasting works. President Nelson was next in line behind President Monson in terms of the number of years he’d been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. And then wait and watch for the hand of the Lord to be revealed. Moroni finished compiling the plates of Mormon. What’s the next thing the Lord needs him to do? But I’ll just give you a personal example. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, talks with children while meeting with a three-generation family in Singapore on Nov. 20, 2019. But the order of the Church is that authority is an orderly process, by divine designation, the Prophet (and leader of the Church) is called according to an orderly process, over which the Lord has control. They’ll feel like they’re making a difference. Russell M. Nelson, 93, a heart-surgeon-turned-apostle, poised to become next Mormon prophet Local Religion Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson — … So let God prevail means he’s on call for the Lord 24 hours a day. But it’s actually just obedience. She has authored the biographies of three Church presidents, including the book “Insights from a Prophet’s Life, President Russell M. Nelson.” Sister Wendy Nelson is a retired marriage and family therapist and professor and the wife of President Russell M. Nelson. 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