In January, President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a challenge while speaking at the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults.
President Nelson invited those listening to study “everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the Old Testament, his laws as recorded in the New Testament, his doctrine as recorded in the Book of Mormon, and his words as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.”
In a blog post on LDS.org, President Nelson revealed that at the time of his address he was “in the midst of completing this very same assignment” for the first time.
In the blog post, President Nelson shares that he began his new study on Dec. 1, 2016, and over the course of a six-week study, found more than 2,200 citations in the four books of scripture.
President Nelson wrote that although he has spent much of his 92 years on earth, “rare are the occasions when I have been able to learn as much as I did over this six-week study period.” He noted that he plans to share more about the experience during upcoming addresses.
He writes that one unexpected byproduct of the study was a strengthened testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith.
“Joseph Smith wouldn’t have possibly had time to correlate and cross-reference with the Bible at the rapid rate at which he was translating the Book of Mormon—but it’s all here,” President Nelson said.
He extended the invitation to join him in completing this study once again, addressing concerns of those who may not feel they have enough time to complete such an assignment, before closing with his testimony.
“In a coming day, you will present yourself before the Savior,” he said. “You will be overwhelmed to the point of tears to be in his holy presence. You will struggle to find words to thank him for paying for your sins, for forgiving you of any unkindness toward others, for healing you from the injuries and injustices of his life."
“You will thank him for strengthening you to do the impossible, for turning your weaknesses into strengths, and for making it possible for you to live with him and your family forever," President Nelson continued. "His identity, his atonement and his attributes will become personal and real to you.”
Read President Nelson’s blog post here.