You know how occasionally when you listen to General Conference, there will be one of those moments where the Spirit just pricks your heart? It might be that you actually had ears to hear, and something just sticks out.
During President Nelson’s concluding message¹ of the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th Annual General Conference, that is exactly what happened to me. That talk is getting most of its publicity due to the fact that he announced 7 new temples, but what he said right before that was more incredible to me.
When I heard President Nelson say what he did, I turned to my wife and asked, “Do you realize what he just said?”
It was big. It was awesome! It was something I can’t personally remember a prophet of the Lord ever saying – or at least it didn’t prick my heart like this did.
My wife and children didn’t notice it, but I want to play you this short 35-second clip to see if anything sticks out to you.
Did you hear it?
It’s a statement that blew me away. President Nelson just extended an invitation to everyone in the Spirit World!
Our message to the world is simple and sincere: we invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life.
Our prophet didn’t just ask us to repent and come unto the Savior, he invited those who right now are on the other side of the veil and considering their options, to come unto Christ and receive the blessings of the temple.
This reminds me of Doctrine and Covenants section 138 that explains the very principles that those who have passed on are learning, and it’s slightly different from the missionary discussions they would have been taught on earth. Section 138 speaks of Christ and His organization of missionary work among the dead. Verses 32-34 read:
32 Thus was the gospel preached to those who had died in their sins, without a knowledge of the truth, or in transgression, having rejected the prophets.
33 These were taught faith in God, repentance from sin, vicarious baptism for the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands,
34 And all other principles of the gospel that were necessary for them to know in order to qualify themselves that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Those on the other side of the veil are taught the fullness of the gospel, but they are taught about vicarious baptism, the vicarious reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost, and vicarious ordinance work in the temples of God.
I find it incredible that President Nelson was addressing not just the living, but those on the other side of the veil. He was inviting those in the spirit world, he was challenging them to come unto the Savior and follow His gospel plan. As they do so, they are afforded the opportunity to receive every blessing of the Atonement through sacred covenants.
“The Lord has so arranged his plan of redemption that all who have died without this opportunity shall be given it in the spirit world. There the elders of the Church who have died are proclaiming the gospel to the dead. All those who did not have an opportunity here to receive it, who there repent and receive the gospel, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God” (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:132).
God be thanked for a living prophet, Russell M. Nelson. It is such a joy to have a prophet who is in good health and is able to speak to us and inspire us with his testimony and wisdom. Truly the Lord is hastening his work on both sides of the veil.
If those on the other side of the veil were able to listen to General Conference from wherever they are, I hope they will accept President Nelson’s invitation so that they may have enduring joy and qualify for eternal life.
Before you take off, you might want to discover why the announcement of a new temple in India was so spectacular > Why was the India Temple announcement so incredible?