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
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
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
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.