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We Thank Thee O God for the Urgent Invitations of a Prophet

We Thank Thee O God for the Urgent Invitations of a Prophet

Has President Nelson used the word urge before in extending invitations to members of the Church? He has, multiple times. His wife, Wendy Nelson, said that her husband will never command or be forceful, but that he will only urge or encourage when he invites people to take action. 

Find Your Spiritual Gifts

“My dear sisters, you have special spiritual gifts and propensities. Tonight I urge you, with all the hope of my heart, to pray to understand your spiritual gifts—to cultivate, use, and expand them, even more than you ever have. You will change the world as you do so.” Sisters’ Participation in the Gathering of Israel by President Russell M. Nelson

Study These Messages

“This has been an inspirational and historic conference. We look to the future with enthusiasm. We have been motivated to do better and to be better. The marvelous messages delivered from this pulpit by our General Authorities and General Officers and the music have been sublime! I urge you to study these messages, commencing this week. They express the mind and the will of the Lord for His people, today.” Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints By President Russell M. Nelson

Face Masks and Vaccines

By now, most are aware of the First Presidency’s statement in August 2021 regarding the COVID-19. They urged members to be vaccinated. A portion of their statement is below.

We find ourselves fighting a war against the ravages of COVID-19 and its variants, an unrelenting pandemic. We want to do all we can to limit the spread of these viruses. We know that protection from the diseases they cause can only be achieved by immunizing a very high percentage of the population.

To limit exposure to these viruses, we urge the use of face masks in public meetings whenever social distancing is not possible. To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective.

Below we have listed a few of the most recents invitations from President Nelson where he used the word “urge”.

Make an Appointment with the Lord

“I urge you to find a way to make an appointment regularly with the Lord—to be in His holy house—then keep that appointment with exactness and joy. I promise you that the Lord will bring the miracles He knows you need as you make sacrifices to serve and worship in His temples.” Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints – President Russell M. Nelson

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Stretch Beyond Your Current Ability 

“I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that “if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives – President Russell M. Nelson

Temporal, Spiritual, and Emotional Preparation 

“For decades, the Lord’s prophets have urged us to store food, water, and financial reserves for a time of need. The current pandemic has reinforced the wisdom of that counsel. I urge you to take steps to be temporally prepared. But I am even more concerned about your spiritual and emotional preparation.” Embrace the Future with Faith – President Russell M. Nelson

Make Your Home a Holy Place

“As faith and holiness decrease in this fallen world, your need for holy places will increase. I urge you to continue to make your home a truly holy place “and be not moved” from that essential goal.” What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget – President Russell M. Nelson

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How Are You Doing?

Being reminded of these urgent invitations from the Lord’s mouthpiece is a meaningful practice. How are you doing in following these invitations? I’m reminded of the scripture in the book of James that invites us to take action when we learn the gospel: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” – James 1:22

These words were echoed by King Benjamin when he said: “…and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.” – Mosiah 4:10

We are truly blessed to have a prophet of God. In a world that has a tumult of opinions and truth is hard to find, may we trust in the words of a living prophet and be willing to follow his invitations.

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Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. Can you tell me where I could find the source for your quote from Wendy Nelson that says, “her husband will never command or be forceful, but that he will only urge or encourage when he invites people to take action.” Thank you.

Ben Arkell

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

I've included a video link where Sister Nelson shares that general idea >


Monday 20th of September 2021

I share all of this insight as a firm believer in Elder Neal L. Andersen’s address “The Prophet of God” given some years ago about following the prophet’s voice rigorously and exactly. Membership, especially in the pioneer corridor, have a tendency to go to extremes and look beyond the mark. For example, I have encountered members who refuse to eat any meat whatsoever unless it is winter because of the wording in the Word of Wisdom. Reasons like this are why church leaders have likewise counseled in conference to avoid blogs, but simply to dive in and look directly to the conference messages and Liahona for insight. Not just anti-Mormon blogs but well-intended members’ blogs, which can sometimes contain ”gospel according to” spin from self-appointed authorities-in-general, can be likewise misleading to their fellow members. :)


Sunday 19th of September 2021

Mayo Clinic updated guidelines as of today, September 20th, 2021:

“Do you still need to wear a facemask after you’re fully vaccinated?

“After you're fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that it's ok not to wear a mask.”



Sunday 19th of September 2021

1: “We urge the use of face masks IN public meetings WHENEVER social distancing is not possible.” =/= “We urge the use of face masks .”


2. “ To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated.”

If you (1) already have the antibodies or (2) have consulted with a competent medical professional and then feel that the vaccine is unnecessary (Church handbook, which is what local leadership were instructed to refer to), you are totally fine abstaining.



Thursday 16th of September 2021

I belived.