President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the morning session of the 191st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 3, 2021. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
President Russell M. Nelson issued a specific invitation Saturday morning about how to listen to the 191st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he welcomed a global broadcast audience to the Easter weekend meetings in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“As we listen to the messages that have been carefully prepared by our leaders under the direction of the Holy Ghost, I invite you to pray to identify the debris you should remove from your life so you can become more worthy,” he said.
He and other leaders presented messages from the Conference Center Theater, where they wore masks unless speaking and sat several feet apart. The Conference Center typically hosts 20,000 people for each conference session, but its vast hall remained empty Saturday, as was Temple Square across the street, where the Salt Lake Temple is under renovation.
President Nelson said he can see the construction from his office as workers rip up the plaza east of the temple between the Church Administration Building and the Church Office Building.
“As I have watched workers dig out old tree roots, plumbing, wiring and a leaky fountain, I have thought about the need for each of us to remove, with the Savior’s help, the old debris in our lives,” he said.
He defined Jesus Christ’s gospel as a gospel of repentance that is a constant invitation to changing, growing and become more pure.
“It is a gospel of hope, of healing and of progress,” he said. “Thus, the gospel is a message of joy. Our spirits rejoice with every step forward we take.”
At the last general conference, in October, President Nelson invited church members to study the gathering of Israel. During his five-minute opening remarks, he said a significant part of that gathering is the charge “to be worthy and willing to help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.”
Three other leaders spoke during the first half of the morning session, the first of five sessions this weekend being streamed online and broadcast by TV networks in more than 70 countries, an increase from 31 a year ago. President Nelson referred to viewers and listeners gathering …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News