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July 18, 2022

5 Ways to Increase Your Spiritual Momentum

See how these students found strength by following the prophet

Russell M. Nelson, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently taught that “Momentum is a powerful concept.”1 Momentum is the force that keeps you moving in a certain direction. Think of a ball rolling down a hill or a child playing on a swing.

Spiritual momentum, while harder to see, is powerful. Building spiritual momentum now will help us become better disciples of Christ today and tomorrow.

Invitations from the prophet

President Nelson gave five invitations to help us create positive spiritual momentum:

  1. Get on the covenant path and stay there.
  2. Experience the joy of repenting daily.
  3. Learn about God and how He works.
  4. Seek and expect miracles.
  5. Strive to end conflict in your life.

In return, he promised five blessings:

  1. The ability to move forward on the covenant path with increased momentum, despite whatever obstacles you face
  2. Greater strength to resist temptation
  3. More peace of mind
  4. Freedom from fear
  5. Greater unity in your families

Blessings from following the prophet

BYU-Pathway Worldwide students who heard the prophet’s counsel took it to heart. As you read their experiences, consider how you can increase positive spiritual momentum in your own life.

“I just finished with cancer treatments, I moved, and now I’m going to school. I thought there was no way to get everything done. I decided to go to the temple as often as I could. Miraculously, I now have enough time to accomplish my tasks at home, school and church. If God asks you to do something, He will make a way for it to happen. My life has changed, and I have come to enjoy being on the covenant path.” — Tonya Cutshall, USA

“By following the prophet’s invitations, I have become more receptive to the guidance from the Holy Ghost, and I feel peace in my heart as I continue to overcome my weakness. I feel happier every day, and people notice that I always wear a beautiful smile on my face.” — Jessica De Leon, Saudi Arabia

“While learning about God and how He answers our prayers, I have come to understand that God always answers our prayers — every single prayer. The challenge is for us to understand how the answer comes to us. We must be open and allow His will to prevail by following the prompting immediately.” — Eromosele Douglas, Nigeria

“As I was preparing a church lesson, the Spirit told me to forgive two neighbors I hadn’t talked to for a year. I prayed many times. I was able to have the Spirit with me while giving my lesson, and when I looked at these two neighbors, all I could feel was love. When the lesson ended, I apologized and felt a weight lift from my soul. I am so grateful for a prophet who teaches us our Savior’s will.” — Cindy Ledingham, USA

Remember what Alma taught in the Book of Mormon: “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”2 Pray for the faith to follow at least one of President Nelson’s invitations, and watch closely for the many blessings that follow.

How have you followed President Nelson’s invitations? Comment below!

1.^Russell M. Nelson, “The Power of Spiritual Momentum,” Liahona, Apr. 2022
2.^Alma 37:6

Comments on "5 Ways to Increase Your Spiritual Momentum"

Heather Creel says:

I have learned that staying on the covenant path diligently and whole heartedly brings more courage to keep going even during the hard times. I’m able to hear the voice of the Lord more clearly and to trust in him more fully at ALL TIMES. Endurance is strengthened even when it seems impossible. Waiting patiently for these seeds to take root and trusting that the fruit thereof will harvest!

Karine says:

Reading the scriptures and praying are simple things that make a hudge difference in my life. When I feel the spirit I can feel peace and love at the same time and be an agent of peace for those around me. I’m so grateful for our living prophet and for his inspiring invitations to move forward and forgive.

John BRITTO says:

Following our prophet’s counsel to experience the joy of daily repentance has brought me the promised blessings of freedom from fear and greater strength to resist temptations. Repentance and experiencing the healing power of our Savior’s atoning sacrifice always calms my soul.

Joshua Samuel okposin says:

Since I joined the Church, I have been able to study and follow the teachings of the prophets and it has really helped my life a lot.

I joined the Church April 2022 and I know that when we keep our covenants we receive the blessings of our Heavenly Father and also the words of our prophet is scripture to us.

Daniel Stephen Kanta says:

Prayer is strength.

Francisco Sierra says:

I like to learn about God because my soul is peaceful when receiving knowledge.

obemi98 says:

Yes, and it always gives me motivation and makes me loving, caring, and humble.

sabrina says:

I have always known that God is a God of miracles but I felt that my life was already blessed and I shouldn’t ask for miracles, unless I really need it. Doing BYU-Pathway has been a miracle. It has allowed me to do new things I couldn’t do before. I know that I can expect miracles each day. I just need to ask. In my last math exam, I asked for a miracle to help me remember what I have learnt, and the miracle happened. I know He hears and answers me…


The safe place where I strive to be is on the covenant path. I have learned that in the world I do not fit. I need the place of rescue but I strive to be the light by setting a good example and not compromising the high standard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for the living prophet. I feel God’s love through the prophet. When he gives counsel I obey then follow the blessings and miracles. I testify this is the work of the Lord. I know that God is still the same today and tomorrow.

michael zhung tian says:

I was lucky to come to the USA a few months ago, and had a chance to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan 2, 2022. While learning about God and applying the prophet’s counsel to my daily life, I was able to have the Spirit with me. I also feel happy every day. Every day is a new day for me and I am so grateful for studying and choosing BYU-Pathway now.

Daniel Stephen Kanta says:

Prayers and Scripture Studying daily gives me the momentum to be bold, humble, loving, steadfast, and most of all charitable in sharing my blessing and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I met one man who said, ” You are always smiling whenever I meet you.” I responded ‘ the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Pure Knowledge and Light. Care and greet whoever you meet with a smile as if they are the most important person, then they will forget their worries and feel good and useful. I know That the Prophet Russel M. Nelson points to the Covenant Path because therein lies our Salvation. In the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Tooa Arriana Taimalelagi says:

The Prophet bought up exactly what I need to do this time in my life as I continue to face challenges and temptations growing up. I testify that the prophet’s words will be fulfilled even the promised blessings he told us about and by these things we will find joy and peace in our lives.

Having the ability to move forward on the covenant path, I have peace of mind, even as I keeping moving in a certain direction given by the living prophet.

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