Sunday, January 14, 2018

How Do We Know Who will be our Next LDS Prophet and President?

How does Succession of the LDS President Work? 

Picture from
President Gordon B. Hinckley

"Authority to exercise those keys is restricted to the President of the Church. At his passing, that authority becomes operative in the senior Apostle, who is then named, set apart, and ordained a prophet and President by his associates of the Council of the Twelve” (“Come and Partake,” Ensign, May 1986, 46–47, emphasis added)

President Boyd K. Packer

“Shortly after the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 14 men, Apostles, who had had conferred upon them the keys of the kingdom, gathered together in the upper room of the temple in order to reorganize the First Presidency of the Church. There was no question about what would be done, no hesitancy. We knew that the senior Apostle was the President of the Church. And in that sacred meeting, Thomas Spencer Monson was sustained by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as the President of the Church” (“The Twelve,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 83; emphasis added).

Both of the above quotes are from “Chapter 3: Succession in the Presidency,” Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual (2016)

Here are the words in the above image from The Friend Magazine, April 2016: 

"When a prophet dies, Heavenly Father has a way to call a new prophet. He calls the new prophet from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Here is the order President Monson and the Apostles were called in:

  • President Thomas S. Monson
  • President Russell M. Nelson
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks
  • Elder M. Russell Ballard
  • Elder Robert D. Hales
  • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
  • President Henry B. Eyring
  • President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • Elder David A. Bednar
  • Elder Quentin L. Cook
  • Elder D. Todd Christofferson
  • Elder Neil L. Andersen
  • Elder Ronald A. Rasband
  • Elder Gary E. Stevenson
  • Elder Dale G. Renlund

"The man who has served as an Apostle the longest, besides the Prophet, is the President of the Quorum of the Twelve. When a prophet dies, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve becomes the next prophet. He prays and calls two new counselors.

"In general conference, we raise our hand to sustain the new prophet. This means that we promise to do our best to follow what he teaches." ("How Are Prophets Called?" Friend Magazine, April, 2016, emphasis added)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

8 Talks by President Russell M. Nelson and 11 Talks by Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, Plus their Books

I already love our upcoming prophet and his wife. I have for years. I LOVE studying their POWERFUL teachings!

As I studied a handful of President Nelson's talk in preparation for a sacrament meeting talk, I felt the Spirit strongly confirm that he is indeed God's next chosen prophet. 

As I marveled at the extraordinary study challenges he had taken on in the past couple years, I felt the Spirit witness that President Nelson had been tutored by the Lord to study in these ways as part of his personal preparation to become the next President of the LDS Church. I feel the Spirit again as I type this. 

I invite you to prayerfully study some or all of these talks. 

Mark your favorite parts of the talks and make a list of the invitations they are giving us to act. Prayerfully choose some of those things to work on, and I promise you will be blessed. Also feel free to share this post on social media so others can benefit from studying the inspiring words of our new prophet and his wife. What better way to sustain them?

8 Recent Talks by our New Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson (listed from newest to oldest)

1. Face to Face with President and Sister Nelson on February 3, 2018 (I will include a link once this event occurs)

2. The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It? General Conference, October 2017

3. Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives, General Conference, April 2017

4. A Sacrifice of Time, President Russell M. and Sister Wendy Nelson, Roots Tech, February 2017

5. Prophets, Leadership, and Divine Law, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 8, 2017

6. Becoming True Millennials, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 10, 2016 

7. Joy and Spiritual Survival, General Conference, October 2016

8. A Plea to My Sisters, General Conference, October 2015. 

Here are More Talks by Russell M. Nelson: 

  • BYU Devotionals here. 
  • BYU-Idaho Devotionals here.
  • General Conference talks here (I counted SIXTY talks from 1984 to 2017!)

11 Talks by our New Prophet's Wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson (All the talks I could find) 

1. Love and Marriage, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. January 8, 2017

2. Family History Discussion,  Wendy Watson Nelson and Sheri Dew, RootsTech, February 6, 2016

3. Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults • January 10, 2016

4. “…My soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord,” BYU Women’s Conference, April 30, 2015
5. Becoming holy amid the increasing turmoil, from BYU-Idaho women's meeting on January 26, 2010, Summary of Sister Nelson's talk by LDS Church News writer Chanae Landeen

6. Not Even Once! Talk given at the World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Aug. 12, 2009.

7. For Such a Time as This,  BYU Women’s Conference, May 3, 2007

8. Things Are Not Always the Way They Appear To Be, BYU–Idaho Devotional, March 19, 2002

Talks from Sister Wendy Watson, before she married the Prophet in 2006. 

9. "That Thy Outgoings May Be in the Name of the Lord": Solving Our Marriage and Family 
Problems through Celestial Therapy. BYU Women's Conference, 2000.

10. Change: It’s Always a Possibility! BYU Devotional, Apr. 7, 1998

11. Search Diligently in the Light of Christ, BYU Women's Conference, 1997

10 Books by or about President Nelson 

6 Books By Sister Nelson 

Click here to learn how we know who will be our next LDS President.

Click here for 99 inspiring quotes by President Monson and an easy FHE idea to discuss and apply some of the quotes. 

Click here for a talk by President Eyring that was published in the Ensign FOUR times, about following the prophets leading us to safety. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do you get overwhelmed by piles of papers? Me too.

Even though I used to be a professional organizer and I have courses on getting organized, staying on top of papers has never been my best strength. 

I tend to wait until the paper pile gets big and then I sort with these handy label tags. 

I always feel AMAZING once it's done! 

Those of you "born organized" people who stay on top of papers every day, count your many blessings! I wanna be more like you.

After I told a friend about my accomplishment of sorting that big paper pile I said, "Please tell me in heaven there aren't paper piles!"

But when I really think about it, these papers that are worth processing and keeping are all such blessings! Memories to cherish, information to educate myself with, bills to pay that mean I get to have a warm house in the winter rather than being homeless. When I think what life would be without papers, it helps me shift the way I feel about the piles.

Click here for my four-step system to make a paper pile disappear! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Deseret Bookshelf UNLIMITED audios and e-books! Where has this been all my life?

I have a passion for feeding my mind and spirit while accomplishing other tasks like driving, exercising, cooking or cleaning. 

That's why audiobooks are my friends. 

I like Audible, but I pay around $15 a month for one book, and pay more for additional books. 

Then enters the scene Bookshelf Plus from Deseret Book! I pay a tiny $6.99 a month for unlimited -- did you see that? -- unlimited audiobooks and e-books! 

They have more than 500 audiobooks and 1,500 e-books, and the collection will keep growing.

I am in love! 

Click here for detailsThey're even offering a 30-free trial. I am not getting paid to promote this. I just happen to love it, and what I love I like to share. 

Happy listening and reading! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

99 Inspiring Quotes by President Monson

Included is a simple FHE or dinner table idea to discuss and apply some of the quotes. 

President Monson will always hold a special place in my heart. 

Since our prophet passed away recently, I've taken the opportunity to gather my favorite quotes from this kind, loving, serving leader. The more I gathered, the more I found that I loved. I honor President Monson's lifetime of dedication to the Lord and his extraordinary example of following promptings to bless people one by one. I want to be more like President Monson! 

Here is a simple FHE idea to discuss some of the quotes and memories of our beloved prophet. 

  1. Send a link to this blog post to each family member who owns a smartphone so they can all access the list of quotes at the same time. (Or you could print the list of quotes and give each person a portion of the list, but keep in mind it is long.)
  2. Each family member skims the quote list and chooses one or more that stand out to him or her. 
  3. On each person's turn, he or she reads aloud the chosen quote and shares thoughts about the quote. The person can share how they remember President Monson being a good example of living that principle, and how they can apply it in their own lives. They may also testify about the principle in the quote. For example, "I know it's important not to postpone following a prompting because I did that last week at school and this happened..." When family members testify of what they're learning, it gives the Holy Ghost a chance to testify to everyone's heart the truthfulness of that principle. 
  4. Repeat for another round or two of quote sharing if you wish. 

For children too young to read, you could invite them to draw pictures of some of the principles being discussed. Perhaps they could draw a picture of President Monson serving an older woman. Or use some coloring pages of President Monson.

Another idea is to have each person write a thank you letter to President Monson as a journal entry to express their own gratitude and testimony about what the prophet means to them.  

Another idea is to print the list of quotes and place them in a jar. During dinnertime each night, let family members pull out a quote or two or three to discuss in a similar way. 

Here are 99 inspiring quotes from President Monson. 

This next one is my all-time favorite quote by Present Monson. Try inserting your own name in there and see how it feels.