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Sister Nelson Calls for the Same Faith that Led to Miracle of the Gulls

Sister Nelson Calls for the Same Faith that Led to Miracle of the Gulls

One of the great blessings that I have enjoyed personally since President Russell M. Nelson’s call as a prophet is the opportunity to learn from his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson.

I recently listened to her audiobook, The Heavens Are Openand was blown away by her dependence and confidence in the principle of prayer.

She recounted many experiences in her life where she would drop to her knees in various places and at various times and plead with the Lord for her. This past week, she issued a similar challenge to the wives of the general authorities in a letter she wrote to them prior to April’s 2020 General Conference. 

Below is the full text of the letter, titled “A MESSAGE FROM SISTER WENDY W. NELSON” which was sent via email on Thursday, April 2. The letter has been shared on social media by thousands all over the world since then.

My Dear Sisters,

I woke up this morning NOT to the shaking of our home from yet another aftershock from the earthquakes we have recently experienced here in SLC, nor to an updated internet view of the mapping of the devastation of the Coronavirus. 

The first image that came to my mind even before I got out of bed was Minerva Teichert’s painting of the woman praying in fields which have been ravaged by crickets. It is called, The Miracle of the Gulls. 

Minerva Teichert painted “The Miracle of the Gulls.”

Minerva Teichert painted “The Miracle of the Gulls.”

You know that true account. Believers, like you and me, know that the Lord sent numberless seagulls — in the very moment of deepest distress by some, and of deepening faith by others — to devour the crickets and then regurgitate them in the Great Salt Lake. What was the outcome? The lives of some 4,000 pioneers were saved.

My dear sisters, whom I love more than you would ever believe, you and I are Latter-day women of God, disciples of Jesus Christ, who believe in miracles. Why? Because we know the Source of those miracles. We are perfectly poised to participate in bringing forth the miracle the Lord has in store for the world.  (See Bible Dictionary on “prayer.”)

As you and I continue to pray — and fast as we are able — the Lord WILL send ”seagulls” to devour OUR “crickets” (aka presently, the Coronavirus). 

The politicians and the scientists will do their best to make projections about the days ahead. But — they will not know to factor in “The Miracle of the Gulls.”

Although at this April 2020 General Conference, we will not be able wrap our arms around you, or hear the feelings of your heart, we will be thinking of you — and always praying for you — as you do your work for the Lord that you pre-mortally covenanted you would do. 

A work that makes ALL the difference, helping to gather scattered Israel and to prepare a people ready to receive the Savior when He comes again. 

I pray that each of us will hear exactly the message from April 2020 General Conference the Lord has prepared for us. 

Thank you for your prayers for this unique, “memorable and unforgettable” Conference — because the fight with “the opposition” is real and relentless. 

…they will not know to factor in “The Miracle of the Gulls.”

I leave you with greetings and gratitude from President Russell M. Nelson who loves and honors you, your husband, and your family members. 

With love and faith,

Wendy W. Nelson


Thanks to the Church News for making us aware of this story.


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