Sister Wendy Nelson: He is so gracious. I can tell you that when we are studying our “Come, Follow Me” or watching a Book of Mormon video or reading our scriptures, we will often say to each other, “Imagine, our friend in Mongolia is reading ‘Come, Follow Me’ scriptures, right today.” Our friends in India, our friends in Tonga, our friends in Indonesia. He really does pray for the people of the world, even when there isn’t a camera rolling. And they form a quorum, equal in authority and power to the three presidents previously mentioned.” (See also D&C 112:14–15, regarding the keys of the Quorum of the Twelve.). Let God’s laws prevail. You’ve seen large, large audiences and very small ones, in some places, whereas he’s chosen to go to where the Church is young. Those are all the things I’ve seen. President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency participate in the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, transmitted worldwide via technology on June 26, 2020. But I’ve really come to see it in the last three years, and that is cheerfully do all that lies within our power, and then stand still. There I am, I’ve sort of got my whole head set into this is how it’s going to be in 2020. And they’re not putting on airs, and they just want to do what the Lord wants them to do. Here is the process, in more detail, as outlined in the Church Newsroom article called Succession in the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “When the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passes away, the following events take place: The Lord Is In Charge of Who Leads the Church as Prophet. The Lord shows the next American president. They’ll feel like they’re making a difference. So, like I say, our life doesn’t look anything like that. He sees those who need healing. And looked from January through July, every single month, there was a huge trip, and arenas, huge arenas, booked. Sister Sheri Dew: Everybody goes through major transitions. They explore the life and ministry of the Prophet over the past three years. If he knows something needs to happen, again, I don’t know details. And like I say, my husband and I threw away our rear view mirror a long time ago. The Lord Himself chooses who will be the president of His church. To hear Him, what I’ve learned is we absolutely remove anything that prevents the Spirit from being in our home in full abundance. After the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, there was some confusion as to who should lead the Church. As I hinted at, instead of the traditional format for this Church News podcast, we are going to step back and listen to a conversation between these two amazing women. It's a formula--just like the conversion of dollars to euros to pesos at a specified exchange rate. A prophet is a teacher. All LDS are capable of being prophets, should they exercise faith in God and Jesus Christ, to receive revelation through the Holy Spirit. What’s the next thing the Lord needs him to do? Following the reorganization of the First Presidency, the apostle who has served the second longest is sustained as the president of the Quorum of the Twelve…. And let me say for you, what does let God prevail mean for the President of the Church and his wife? What do you think let God prevail means for him? That’s what we’re talking about. And he’s figured out a formula that if he does a certain thing, he will win that match. President Ballard encourages 2021 youth conferences and camps in the US and Canada Newsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - In a letter to leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States and Canada, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, encouraged leaders to look for ways to reconnect … See also Book of Mormon; Mormon, Nephite Prophet. It is a beautiful process to see how smooth the transition is from one president of the church to the next. But I can tell you that one of the sweetest joys of my life is to hear him pray. I’ve watched this a lot in the last three years. What is the next thing? Sister Sheri Dew: So continuing on in this line of thought about how your husband feels about women, he’s the father of nine daughters. Amos 3:7. Fasting is real. Great sacrifice to keep learning. They are rock solid. 4 additional temples to begin Phase 3 in coming weeks Newsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Editor's note: This press release was originally published on May 7, 2020, and has been updated weekly. There is exactly 0% room for inspiration in this system. I never wanted to leave them because of this connection. He’s not hovering over them. The Mormon church has adopted a fully automated seniority system for determining the selection of its living prophets. But how does that look from your point of view? While the world may not recognize him, the important requirement is that God speaks through him. And I said, I said, “Where did those trips go?” And he said, “I just felt like we didn’t need to do them. I know how to follow instructions.” So meaning, “the Lord told me to do this. Wendy, back off. And he just doesn’t want to bring the blessings to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. It was taped a few weeks ago at the Conference Center where Sister Nelson also participated in another media interview. 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. After discussion, a formal motion is made and accepted by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. What is really happening here? Inherent in that divine residual is the assured ongoing leadership of the Church” (in Conference Report, Apr. If after being immersed, we then only sprinkle our lives with a little Scripture here, a little prayer there, a little fasting there, we will only know enough about the gospel to feel guilty and not enough to feel joy. We are blessed to be led by living prophets. It was part of a global tour of eight countries. Henry B. Eyring Second Counselor in the First Presidency Just before Mormon’s death, he delivered a historical record called the plates of Mormon to his son Moroni (W of M 1:1). I can also say that without a doubt: What do I know? And I know that praying and fasting with others, for others, brings miracles. During the last three years, you’ve been to more than 30 countries, I think it’s in the neighborhood of 35 countries. Thank you for this adjustment.”. 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. And sometimes you start with, “OK, God is my Heavenly Father. I would tell them to absolutely keep immersed in all the light and truth they can, in terms of what they read, what they watch, what they say, what they think. So that’s what I’d say is sacrifice and go give service across the room, across the street, across the world, across the veil. That’s how he is living his life these days. Because the Lord has such better ideas about what I should be doing or how he would handle a situation. They’re really low maintenance, meaning he has great confidence in them. 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. Sister Sheri Dew: When you married Elder Russell M. Nelson in 2006, you kind of stepped onto a moving train. I know Joseph was a Prophet. Let God’s love prevail. It is an easy thing to believe in the dead prophets. 1983, 4; or Ensign, May 1983, 6). Any counsel you would give to someone going through transition, whether it’s marriage, job, health, so many different things? Since the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has transitioned to a new prophet. There was no warming up. What do you see personally about his regard for women. And he’s got these fabulous girls who are bright and smart and inspired and no nonsense girls, and there is no frills. And really, I can barely remember that time. And then he’s moving on. 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. I’ll tell you what he sees. He added chapters 8 and 9 to the book of Mormon . Upon the death of Joseph Smith, the First Presidency, which consisted of president of the Church and his two counselors, was dissolved, but priesthood authority was not lost. That’s their campaign. What have you observed in that father/daughter relationship, by of course, coming to love his daughters? The office falls to the longest-serving member of the faith's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which means Russell M. Nelson is next in line to … Dallin H. Oaks First Counselor in the First Presidency. When your husband becomes President of the Church, it is different traveling with the President the Church than it is with [traveling with] … a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Keep immersed in all the light they can. Sister Sheri Dew: OK, your husband has now been President of the Church for three years. With the death of President Thomas S. Monson the top leadership structure of the church is transformed, temporarily. So anything that offends the Spirit —contention. I believe this is how we decide who is PRESIDENT, but only the Lord can call his prophets. Make your list, check it twice, about what you absolutely know to be true. I just felt like I should take those off the calendar.” So there is a prophet in the land. Well, that’s to me when you know that you’re on the Lord’s errand, because I can’t do that. 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. It’s reaching out to meet with Pope Francis, frankly. Sister Sheri Dew: OK, in this most recent general conference, President Nelson gave really a classic address, I think it will become a classic: “Let God Prevail.” I’ve heard it quoted a billion times in the last two months. And anything that would prepare the world for the Second Coming. It is a process ordained by God and guided by Him. Your email address will not be published. This special FHE lesson teaches us how a new prophet is chosen when one passes away. But in a meeting, he will have an idea or have words put into his mouth that absolutely changes the trajectory of where things were going. And let me just say one other thing about this year of no travel. He is single minded. How is the Next Prophet Chosen in the LDS Church? If you’ve cheerfully done everything you can do, then it’s time to stand still. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. We’ve been managing it … But, bottom-line, a new prophet is called by a logical, straightforward process: seniority. I know that these brethren have been called by God and have the priesthood authority necessary to lead the Lord’s Church. I know we have a living Prophet. I thought that was an impossible thing. And I thought, “OK, well, this is what we’ll do.” And I knew that in between those, there was at least one huge trip a month that in between, we would be doing local opportunities to be with our local congregations. A special episode of the Book of Mormon Videos series has been published to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first appearance of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, to Joseph Smith, prophet and first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And then wait and watch for the hand of the Lord to be revealed. And so, of course, he’s different. And what has caught my attention is, he doesn’t just want to bring the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. 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. But I’ll just give you a personal example. A more wonderful and miraculous event than was wrought that day in the presence of that congregation we never heard of. 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. We believe that with the Lord in charge, He will not let the wrong person become our Church President. Next in line right now is President Oaks, who will be the next prophet after President Nelson. And suddenly, there she was just saying “Happy Thanksgiving.” So I feel like we’ve got friends all over the world. So I have learned that over and over again. The senior apostle presides at a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve to consider two alternative propositions: Should the First Presidency be reorganized at this time? We wish them well, but for us conditioned beings to be selecting the next prophet does not always end well. But he knows something should happen. The last Nephite prophet in the Book of Mormon (about A.D. 421). Sister Wendy Nelson: Well, I know that prayer works. And then he stands to the side for me to go in through the doorway first. Again, building on this, and thinking about so many experiences you’ve had and that you’ve personally witnessed with your husband over the last three years: Is there a moment or maybe some certain kinds of moments that you think typify his ministry? There had been gloom, and, in some hearts probably, doubt and uncertainty; but now it was plain to all that here was the man upon whom the Lord had bestowed the necessary authority to act in their midst in Joseph’s stead” (“Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Juvenile Instructor, Oct. 29, 1870, 174–75). And he’ll just, you know, humbly say, “Well, thank you.” And then when they walk away, he’ll say, turn to me and say, “I was just following instructions. And I just watch him be undaunted. He receives revelations from the Lord. To increase his ability to receive revelation for the Church; to increase my ability to receive personal revelation for my life. 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. Would it have anything to do with how to hear Him or would you take it in a separate direction? But it’s actually just obedience. Then know that you are working with God and with God all things will be possible and you’ll have an amazing experience. The most senior member of the quorum, Packer was expected to succeed Thomas S. Monson, current Mormon prophet and president of the Church of … You can just see his respect. In January 2021, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates the third anniversary of President Russell M. Nelson serving as the leader of the Church. In the Lord's plan, the senior apostle, the one who has been in the quorum the longest, stands next in line to become president. 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. I would have to involve inclusion. His Atonement is real. He loves those words. His name is Russell Marion Nelson. If Joseph had risen from the dead and again spoken in their hearing, the effect could not have been more startling than it was to many present at that meeting. He wants to bring the blessings of the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. 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. He loves that word, hearken, meaning listen to obey. 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. We know this was going to happen.” And then he goes to plan B. Sister Sheri Dew: I know you would love it. Should the Church continue to function with the Quorum of the Twelve presiding? OK, I better start there, start there, and then try to figure out the personal element.” That’s right. If the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were to die, how is the next prophet chosen? Members of the LDS Church are asked to sustain the new prophet and his counselors at a solemn assembly during the next General Conference. Dallin H. Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice and an LDS apostle for nearly 34 years, is next in line for the presidency after Nelson. Here he is the father of nine daughters, and a terrific daughter-in-law; and married to a wonderful woman, Dantzel, a marvelous woman; and upon her passing a second marvelous woman, but what do you see about his regard for women? 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. You’ve heard me talk about this before. The only problem is that God NEVER did it this way in the entirety of scripture, so we are basically taking their word for it. In another revelation, the Lord affirmed that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles holds the priesthood keys, the same as the Savior’s apostles of old, to direct the Church: “And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them; Unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth” (D&C 27: 12-13). And all that stopped on a dime, his calendar became your calendar, and you stepped into a brave new world, as it were. What do you know to be true? 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. And he does not call them to lead a church, he calls them to lead people to repentance. I could feel this is of God, I mean, there’s no way you can do this. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, … headed by the senior apostle, assumes Church leadership. Talk to us about that transition. As as every single woman prays, and then takes note of what the Lord is telling her, this is how you can increase the light in your life, or the truth in your life. Sister Sheri Dew: What do you know today that you didn’t know three years ago? So the prophet-president took to … Russell M. Nelson, 93, a heart-surgeon-turned-apostle, poised to become next Mormon prophet Local Religion Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson — … I think that’s happening. “It was a huge honor to play this great man,” said John Munoa, a Latter-day Saint actor who played the … Jointly published by the Deseret News and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its content supports the doctrines, principles and practices of the Church. They’re not wavering at all. The Scriptures are answer books. Their presidents are elected over 4-year terms, i.e. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News. Something I’ve noticed: Two words that I’ve not heard him use before the last three years — reduce and simplify. Sister Wendy Nelson: Yeah, there was a lot, a lot, that I stepped into. A prophet is a man who has been called by God to speak for Him. And that is, if I just think of this one little illustration in my own life, which happens every single day. Sister Wendy Nelson: Well, this is a man, President Nelson, it is deep in his soul, in his cells, I’m sure if we cut him, it would come out “I honor womanhood.” He was raised by a father who absolutely adored and cherished and respected and honored his mother, meaning Russell’s mother. In fact, just the other day, I received an email from one of our friends in Indonesia. But, bottom-line, a new prophet is called by a logical, straightforward process: seniority. So we missed them. LDS, Mormons, next in Line, Boyd K. Packer for a new prophet? It would have to involve something about the gathering of Israel. The First Presidency is automatically dissolved. These data correlate closely with my research gathered from traveling to twenty nations. Because our experience these days doesn’t look anything like those early days of transitioning. Sister Wendy Nelson: Number one, stick with what you know to be true. when the First Presidency has been reorganized. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe the the Lord Jesus Christ is at the head of our church and is firmly in charge of who leads it on the earth. Who that was present on that occasion can ever forget the impression it made upon them! 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. 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. But I’d give them some opportunities to have some experiences about how needed they are and how key they are. President Ezra Taft Benson, 13th president of the Church, taught that “God knows all things, the end from the beginning, and no man becomes president of the church of Jesus Christ by accident, or remains there by chance, or is called home by happenstance” (“Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations,” New Era, May 1975, 16–17). I would feel that speaking to a congregation of 50,000 or a little small branch in Yekaterinburg, Russia — the same thing. © Copyright 2021 James R. Smith | Site by, Missionary Schedule: The Daily Routine Missionaries Follow. He’s so quick to adapt. I’ve spoken about this a little bit to say that we love playing Scrabble with each other. Your email address will not be published. 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. Sidney Rigdon 's church dissolved a few years after its organization, but it was reorganized as The Church of Jesus Christ in 1862, which still exists . After Sidney Rigdon had spoken and made his case to be “guardian” of the Church, Brigham Young arose and addressed the congregation. It’s been an adventure, in terms of absolutely how he is different. So that’s just a little context there. Sister Wendy Nelson: Well, he loves building bridges. It was a privilege for me to be in their presence. The very toughest thing for him, he said this the other day, the very toughest thing for him is when he reviews the cases of those where the marriage is ravaged. If I am with him, he’ll stand to the side, he always has me walk through the doorway first. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the President of the Church is the highest office of the church. To have him be voice when we are having our family prayer is really something. What is what the Lord would have him do? Succession in the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We’re extremely careful about whatever we watch, a movie, etc. The Mormon church has adopted a fully automated seniority system for determining the selection of its living prophets. At 96, Russell M. Nelson is used to receiving birthday wishes, but he no doubt is getting many, many more since taking the church’s reins 32 months ago. Brigham Young, as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, began leading the Church from the time of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith. He does so in a revealed, orderly fashion through the line of succession. And I know that fasting works. it is well with my servants Joseph and Hyrum….Go and say unto my people in Nauvoo, that they shall continue to pursue their daily duties and take care of themselves, and make no movement in Church government to reorganize or alter anything until the return of the remainder of the Quorum of the Twelve. Sister Wendy Nelson: In a very practical way, let God prevail means for President Nelson that he is on call 24 hours a day for the Lord. Sister Wendy Nelson: And then the Lord will help you have eyes to see what is the next thing that is really true, then you can add that to your list, and it will be a great thing. Let God’s vision prevail. 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. So let God prevail means he’s on call for the Lord 24 hours a day. This special Church News podcast examines President Nelson’s first three years from the perspective of his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson. If there was a sporting game, but it became contentious rather than competitive, he would turn it off. And I know how to follow instructions.” Such a moment that would define or represent his ministry would also show him harkening. There’s no looking back. So what looked really impossible, what felt just overwhelming, over time, really diminished. Sister Wendy Nelson: I love that question. And there she was, and you know, she’s in our hearts. That’s what he’s after. [PADA: Yep, this guy is writing a satire on the issue. To get to your point: What did I learn through that? A prophet, then, is the authorized representative of the Lord. 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? 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. These girls are sturdy girls, meaning they’re not on every wave that goes by, they’re not on the internet, sniffing out some specious thing that’s out there. Whatever rhymes with whatever the Lord needs me to do. The Lord doesn’t do things by accident. I know Jesus is the Christ. Prophets receive God’s word by revelation and are then commanded to preach to the people (see Amos 3:7; 1 Nephi 22:2; D&C 1:38; Bible Dictionary, “Prophet,” 754). Below is a list of temples changing status. Scripture. And there’s no moaning and groaning. So he’s different. What would you want to tell them? And then, there’s an obstacle. I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of the Church, that He guides everything through His Prophets and Apostles. During his first general conference as Prophet, President Nelson urged Latter-day Saints to increase their spiritual capacity to receive revelation. I’ve certainly learned that. Sister Sheri Dew: OK, you will soon have been married to President Nelson for 15 years.
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