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. So to have that list and keep adding to it every day. So, he was already quite senior in the Quorum. Brigham Young, as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, held the keys of the priesthood and had the authority necessary to lead the Church. So I have learned that over and over again. We’re joined not only by Sister Nelson, but by Sister Sheri Dew, the executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation. Talk to us about that transition. So he is compelled to do that. I’ll tell you some specifics in a minute. And he does not call them to lead a church, he calls them to lead people to repentance. Ninety-three-year-old Russell Nelson will now serve as the 17 th prophet and president of the LDS faith. 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. Those are all the things I’ve seen. The Lord doesn’t do things by accident. Sister Wendy Nelson: I love that question. I’ve learned what Doctrine in Covenants 123:17 says, which has been a favorite of mine forever. Scripture. What would you want to tell them? Let God’s laws prevail. President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stand together at the BYU Jerusalem Center in Jerusalem on Saturday, April 14, 2018. 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. He is reaching out to leaders of the NAACP, something that had heretofore not been done. What have you learned about the Church? 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. It's a formula--just like the conversion of dollars to euros to pesos at a specified exchange rate. That’s how he is living his life these days. Immersion. And he is willing to do whatever he is instructed to do. But he’s not trying to be inventive, just to be inventive. 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. I can tell you that his prayers are more global. Let God’s love prevail. Something I’ve noticed: Two words that I’ve not heard him use before the last three years — reduce and simplify. He loves those words. Great sacrifice to keep their covenants. He’s more compassionate than ever; his knee-jerk response is always benevolence, kindness. 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. So the prophet-president took to … 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. Summary: Based on the authority bestowed by God and historical precedence, the senior apostle becomes the next prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when the current prophet dies. Brigham Young said many times that he was “no prophet”. This is an important doctrinal question and one that many missionaries will likely face in the course of their daily missionary work. I’ve spoken about this a little bit to say that we love playing Scrabble with each other. 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. I know we have a living Prophet. 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. The Mormon church has adopted a fully automated seniority system for determining the selection of its living prophets. Sister Sheri Dew: So we’ve had the conversation more than once in our lives where we have said — because maybe we’ve gotten hit with something that we’ve had to sort of recover from or think, “Oh, wow, how do I handle that?” — and we’ve both had the conversation occasion where he said, “OK, what do we know for sure is true?” And it’s what you just said: “Well, I know that God is my father. To have him be voice when we are having our family prayer is really something. And, of course, we talked to you about your transition because it was on the public stage. He would like to bring the blessings to every single person himself. Sister Wendy Nelson: Number one, stick with what you know to be true. Sister Sheri Dew: Thank you for “Come, Follow Me.” Thank you for home-centered, Church-supported. You know the result. 2017-2020, that is … 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. The biggest insult is to say, “Oh, you’re just the same.” So he is different. 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…. What have you learned about people? And then he’s moving on. They’ll feel like they’re making a difference. This is a man on a mission for the Lord. 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. And one of the very first things he ever taught his son was to honor his mother. Keep immersed in all the light they can. All LDS are capable of being prophets, should they exercise faith in God and Jesus Christ, to receive revelation through the Holy Spirit. They explore the life and ministry of the Prophet over the past three years. 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. He’s so quick to adapt. He does not like walls that separate or segregate. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News. And I wish I could point to one moment, but I can point to what would be part of that moment, to some absolutely essential elements of that moment. 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. He’s even again, more what looks like courageous and bold, but is just his obedience, his intense, exquisite obedience to whatever the Lord needs him to do. Its leaders of nations. The Scriptures are answer books. That’s their campaign. 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. Sister Sheri Dew: Everybody goes through major transitions. During the last three years, you’ve been to more than 30 countries, I think it’s in the neighborhood of 35 countries. 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. Absolutely, because he is always, ever waiting to hear the next thing, feel the next thing, be guided to the next thing. And they’re not putting on airs, and they just want to do what the Lord wants them to do. We know this was going to happen.” And then he goes to plan B. Because he has such confidence in their decision making ability. And they and their spouse, with the Lord, will figure things out. With the death of President Thomas S. Monson the top leadership structure of the church is transformed, temporarily. Thomas S. Monson will probably be the next prophet. So he’s different. I had to say to him, like several months after, “Are you OK about this?” Because our routine every Wednesday night was he was on the organ practicing for Thursday morning, and that suddenly had changed. So that’s what we have there with President Russell M. Nelson. 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. 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. I just felt like I should take those off the calendar.” So there is a prophet in the land. Just before Mormon’s death, he delivered a historical record called the plates of Mormon to his son Moroni (W of M 1:1). We believe that with the Lord in charge, He will not let the wrong person become our Church President. And so that was just wonderful. This means it goes automatically to the longest serving leader and that means Mitt Romney can’t be the next prophet. I was better for that. Whatever rhymes with whatever the Lord needs me to do. And I know the Book of Mormon is real. Let God’s laws prevail. These data correlate closely with my research gathered from traveling to twenty nations. And all that stopped on a dime, his calendar became your calendar, and you stepped into a brave new world, as it were. It’s reaching out to meet with Pope Francis, frankly. This special Church News podcast examines President Nelson’s first three years from the perspective of his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson. 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 . 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. You’ve heard me talk about this before. One more is that he is even more honoring of other people’s agency. A more wonderful and miraculous event than was wrought that day in the presence of that congregation we never heard of. The new president chooses two counselors and the three of them become the new First Presidency. 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. Sister Sheri Dew: And I know you hope that the day will come soon, we hope, where travel is more doable. Sister Wendy Nelson: I wouldn’t tell them that we need them and how important they are, because they’ve been told that. 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. So that’s just a little context there. Now, when the prophet dies, the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the real president, not the acting one) becomes the new prophet. Your email address will not be published. For much more information on this subject, see the Foundations of the Restoration Teacher Manual, 2015, Chapter 23: Succession in the Presidency. What is the next thing? 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. After Monson dies, Boyd K. Packer is the most senior Apostle.. Would it have anything to do with how to hear Him or would you take it in a separate direction? You would have to involve what looks like courage and boldness. https://mormonmissionprep.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/thomas-s-monson-at-pulpit.jpg, https://mormonmissionprep.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/latter-day-saint-mission-prep-logo-for-website.jpg. Reduce and simplify. You know, it goes on. I’ll tell you what he sees. Since the time of the Brigham Young, the choosing of the next prophet and president of the Church has happened in a similar fashion. His Atonement is real. His name is Russell Marion Nelson. He is serious about letting God prevail in his life and in the life of the Lord’s Church, and in the world to prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior. These data correlate closely with my research gathered from traveling to twenty nations. And I know that fasting works. I think we see that in the photographs, the footage that’s been shot of him around 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. If he knows something needs to happen, again, I don’t know details. Great sacrifice to keep learning. A prophet is a man who has been called by God to speak for Him. And then, there’s an obstacle. And thank you for that. My prophecy of the next LDS prophets, using average lifespan of most recent apostles as a predictor. when the First Presidency has been reorganized. Sister Sheri Dew: Let’s switch direction now here just for a second. 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. 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. 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 … 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. Russell M. Nelson President of the Church. He doesn’t even want to use the word must in a talk. Everyone fully expects the new prophet to be Russell M. Nelson, the current president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. What I learned through that travel, as well, is sacrifice is so important to really staying converted when I would meet people who had gone through great sacrifice to join the Church. 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. The current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, will serve as long as he lives. 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. The US election is coming forth in 2016. He receives revelations from the Lord. He will absolutely show you how. 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. To increase his ability to receive revelation for the Church; to increase my ability to receive personal revelation for my life. 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. 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. But how does that look from your point of view? 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. It was part of a global tour of eight countries. And sometimes you start with, “OK, God is my Heavenly Father. There’s no pretenses. 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