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October 14, 2019

Five Truths from a Prophet

Learn how students are applying these truths in their lives

Aware of the challenges that we face every day, President Russell M. Nelson shared five divine truths in his recent devotional, “The Love and Laws of God.” Learn how students are striving to apply these truths in their lives!

Truth #1: You are sons and daughters of God.

President Nelson shared that you are a son or daughter of God, chosen to be “part of His battalion” in these latter days — in the “longstanding battle between good and evil.” 

How does knowing that you are a son or daughter of God help you through the challenges you face?

Mary Wangu, a PathwayConnect student from Nairobi, Kenya, said, “I understand that I can always turn to Him, and His love will guide me through. As long as I trust Him, He will never leave me alone.” 

Truth #2: Truth is truth.

“Some things are simply true!” said President Nelson. “Eternal laws operate in and affect each of our lives, whether we believe them or not.”

How has seeking truth through study and faith in the Savior impacted your life?

“My eyes have been opened to what I was missing in life: happiness through living gospel principles,” said Aaron Smith, a PathwayConnect student from Harlowton, Montana. “Learning about my Savior has made me a far happier person, and the truths in His gospel really do allow freedom from undesirable consequences.” 

Truth #3: God loves every one of us with perfect love.

President Nelson shared that “Because the Father and the Son love us with infinite, perfect love, and because They know we cannot see everything They see, They have given us laws that will guide and protect us. There is a strong connection between God’s love and His laws.”

How has abiding by God’s laws helped you feel of His love for you? 

“Whenever I pray in His name, I receive an answer that is necessary for my life,” said Ricardo Martins, a PathwayConnect student from Cascavel, Brazil.

Truth #4: The Lord Jesus Christ, whose Church this is, appoints prophets and apostles to communicate His love and teach His laws.

“As you take steps to repent and follow God’s laws, you will begin to feel just how much Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son want you back home with Them,” said President Nelson. “They want you to be happy. They will do anything within Their power that does not violate your agency or Their laws to help you come back. How I cherish the privilege of feeling Their love for you!”

What blessings have you received as you’ve followed the direction of the living prophet?

Trésor Tshiaba, a PathwayConnect student from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, said, “I’ve been blessed with acquiring more strength, stability in the Church, and [a] testimony of Jesus Christ. The prophets and apostles have impacted my discipleship by their inspired teachings and revelations.”

Truth #5: You may know for yourself what is true and what is not by learning to discern the whisperings of the Spirit.

“My dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to seek earnestly a confirmation from the Spirit that what I have told you is true and is from the Lord,” said President Nelson. “He has declared that we may seek knowledge from heaven and expect to receive it: ‘If thou shalt ask,’ the Lord promised, ‘thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge.’”

How has the Spirit guided you to discern between truth and error?

Jessica Duckworth, a BYU-Idaho online student from Ogden, Utah, said, “When I’m praying to know if something is true — for example, following the prophet — the Spirit will often confirm the truth of his counsel through emphasizing the blessings of following it and a feeling of peace and confidence as I move forward.” 

A prophet’s blessing

President Nelson ended by leaving a blessing on those watching the devotional around the world: “Now, in my capacity as President of the Church, I invoke a blessing upon you, to be able to discern between right and wrong, between the laws of God and the conflicting voices of the world. I bless you with power to detect the adversary’s deceptions. I bless you with greater capacity to receive revelation. And I bless you to be able to feel the infinite reach of God’s perfect love for you.

I so bless you and express my love for you, along with my witness that this is the Lord’s Church and that He presides over and guides all we do, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

What inspiration did you receive as you heard the prophet’s message? Comment below!

President Nelson with his wife, Wendy Nelson

Comments on "Five Truths from a Prophet"

Valerie Peterson says:

These words are words I have heard in my youth from other apostles. It is a wonder to know that my Heavenly Father loves me and wants the best for me. It is important to me as I have children who have chosen different paths, yet I feel that they are still loved. I pray that one day that the Spirit will touch their hearts again.

Breanne Su'a says:

Heavenly Father does love you and your children and is watching over your family!

Griselda E Martinez says:

And you’ll see that in our Heavenly Father’s due time it will come.

Ngatupuna Jonassen says:

Every time I hear the Prophet speaks I always get the assurance of the Spirit of the Lord that everything that the prophet spoke is from God and it’s the truth.

Vaiomanu Faavae says:

I love hearing the Prophet’s blessing to those who watch this devotional around the world. He blessed us to be able to discern between right and wrong, between the law of God and conflicting voices of the world. He also blessed us with the power to detect the adversary’s deceptions, and with greater capacity to receive revelation. He is God’s mouthpiece on the earth today. He spoke to the youth of the church, but his counsel benefits all members of the Church.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vaiomanu! I like how you pointed out that even though President Nelson was speaking to students, his counsel is valuable for all of us. We are very blessed to have a living prophet!

Owerei Believe Erhunmwunse says:

The prophet blessings are sure blessing from God, As we open our hearts to receiving it upon ourselves, they work wonders in our lives. I know that the prophet and all in authority are speaking from God directions, of a truth, I have a strong feeling that the church is true.

Joseph Klenotich says:

“All while President Nelson was speaking, I could feel my bosom grow with the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. For me, the Holy Ghost was confirming that this is a righteous speaking: ‘Listen to a Prophet.'” — Mavis Grant

Lucinda says:

I love this man! His knowledge and talents in so many different things make me want to be better.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for your insight, Lucinda! I agree, his example inspires me to set good goals and work toward them.

Helaman Figueroa says:

When I read this promise, I know President Nelson is speaking for God, and that gives me hope in my life because he give us promises from God for blessing our life. It is very special for me to have a prophet in these times.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for your sharing your testimony of living prophets, Helaman. I like how you pointed out that having a living prophet gives us hope. We can know God’s will and be guided through him!

Tommie Lelia Wilkins says:

The correlation between God’s Love for us and the Law He encourages us to follow really brings to light why I feel so blessed and at peace when I follow His will in my life. It fills my heart with such joy to know how much He loves me. – Tommie Lelia Wilkins

Lauren Conrad says:

Thank you for sharing your testimony of God’s love, Tommie! Peace and joy are some of the greatest blessings of following God’s will.

Joseph Kampelya says:

I know that God loves us because He has blessed us with a prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for sharing, Joseph. It’s true that having a living prophet is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Maria Cecilia A. Jones says:

I am thankful that we have leaders and the Prophet to guide us. I never doubted our Heavenly Father’s love toward us. There will be ups and downs, discouragement and frustrations, but He provided us all the help we need, especially the Holy Ghost, to choose the right way. That’s why the Prophet said that we are sons and daughters of God, chosen to be “part of His battalion” in these latter days — in the “longstanding battle between good and evil.”

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for your insightful comment, Maria. It’s important to recognize that there will be trials, but that God loves us and wants to help us succeed.

Godwin Alfred Udongo says:

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the face of the earth.

Jerry Gaba says:

I know for sure that these words are true. I am grateful for the living prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, and his direction today. I love and sustain him.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thank you for sharing your testimony with us, Jerry!

Anges says:

This is my assurance.

Mel Ralph Philip says:

I am thankful for everything that I have read. Thank you for all of your wonderful testimonies. God Bless us all.

benjamin edematie akpiri says:

I have been richly blessed to know President Nelson is not just a prophet but an instrument God has introduced these last days to point the arrow in the right direction. God wants His children to focus on the real purpose of existence and humble themselves.

Prince Kofi Osei says:

Thank you President Nelson for your prophetic blessings. Indeed I am really inspired by His words and I know that they are true.

Lupeautino Tafiti Fuimaono says:

I love our dear Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson! He IS our living prophet today. He IS the mouthpiece of the Lord! He DOES receive revelations from the Lord to guide and direct us. He DOES hold all the Priesthood Keys of the Kingdom of God on this earth today. He DOES have the power to invoke blessings upon us. He TRULY DOES LOVE US and desires to bless us always. He DOES know Truth because TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST!

Joseph Klenotich says:

Thank you for sharing your testimony, Lupeautino!

Reason Buduka Joseph says:

From these shared truths, I have been further enlightened of how MATCHLESS Heavenly Father’s love is for you and I. I thank God for our prophets.

John says:

Our President Russell M. Nelson is truly a Prophet of God.

Samuel Joseph Bassey says:

Listening to this video has brought a profound testimony to me once again. It reminds me of the confirmation of the Spirit which I received from the very first night after I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…. As I listen to these words again and again, I can feel the love of the Savior for me and my family more than ever. I can hear The Lord speaking directly to me through His authorized mouthpiece – truly speaking. My testimony is more than a million times multiplied. I have the confidence that one day I shall obtain my utmost goal in PathwayConnect, as well as in the church – generally. I testify that this church is true and that we have a living prophet. Amen.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thank you for sharing your experience, Samuel. Heavenly Father loves you and will help you achieve your educational and spiritual goals.

Austin Payne says:

I love hearing from my wonderful president, prophet, and overseer, who has the true inspiration of our Heavenly Father.

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