President Nelson cancels visits to local sites, leaves Jerusalem as tensions rise in Middle East

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  • BobP CA, 00
    April 19, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    Israel is a wonderful place. Ishmael may be blessed to be a great nation. But Ishmael and his mother were expelled from Abraham's household for trying to ursurp Isaac's position as the convenant son.

    Personally I believe there will never be peace in "the land of Jerusalem". It will end, in the lord's due time in Armageddon. The Prophet Joseph Smith sent apostle Orson Hyde to the land of Jerusalem to dedicate it for the return of the Jews.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    April 17, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    The apostle Paul was let out of Damascus, in a basket, by night (Acts 9). Jesus came secretly to Jerusalem, to the Feast of Tabernacles, "for his time had not yet full come" (John, chapter 7). It makes sense to stay alive until your mission is completed.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    April 16, 2018 2:04 p.m.

    @JohnInSLC. “If there is a choice, it will be between war or peace among all God's children.”
    In Mt24:21, "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall."

    Jesus is referring to the event of Mt 24:15, which describes the revealing of the abomination of desolation, the man also known as the Antichrist. In Mt 24:29-30 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days . . . the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory." Jesus defines the Great Tribulation (v.21) as beginning with the revealing of the abomination of desolation (v.15) and ending with Christ's second coming (v.30).

    RE:Forgiveness is the Answer.
    Prophet's in the Heroes of Faith( Chapter Heb 11:37.They were stoned,* they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated .

    E.g... The Prophet *Isaiah was martyred. Origen refers to the death of Isaiah by being sawn in two. As do Justin Martyr, Tertullian .

  • Dan Smith , AZ
    April 16, 2018 1:25 p.m.

    SirRichard1987

    "Moses demonstrated courage in crisis and war. So did Joshua, Abraham, Enoch, Nephi, King Benjamin, Captain Moroni, Helaman, Mormon, and Moroni. Look at the confidence of Esther, Paul, Abinadi, the sons of Mosiah in the face of danger.
    Curious that Russ Nelson fled for his own safety while leaving BYU-Jerusalem Center staff and students on their own. Two thumbs down."

    How many of them did what they did when they were 90+ years old? Maybe Abraham or Enoch because they lived to like 150 years back then. Come on, dude. I'm pretty sure my actions are going to be very different if/when I'm 90 years old than when I'm in my 30's.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 16, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    "Perhaps it is not time yet, but it is clear that the LDS church will have to clearly take sides. Islam has its moments of near decency. Those moments are few and far between. Judah and Benjamin are of the Lord's chosen and covenant people. The choice is clear."

    BobP:

    To you--as an avowed Zionist, maybe. But to the rest of us, the choice you pose is false. Although Ishmael's progeny are not of the promise made to Jacob, they nonetheless are recognized by God as a great nation. If there is a choice, it will be between war or peace among all God's children. My guess is the Church will choose the former, even if the latter seems inevitable.

  • Forgiveness is the Answer St George, UT
    April 16, 2018 12:01 p.m.

    I don't understand anyone second-guessing a Prophet's decision, because I sustain him as a prophet, seer, and revelator.

    To use the word "flee" seems overly dramatic and condescending, as this hardly compares in magnitude as when Abraham fled the land of Ur, Lot fled Sodom & Gomorrah, Moses fled Egypt, Joseph fled King Herod with baby Jesus, Joseph led the Saints to flee Kirkland & Missouri, Brigham fled Illinois....all at the Lord's directon.

    Its amazing to me what uninformed people can conjure up in their minds, thinking their ignorance of all the facts and details still enables them to expect their "armchair quarterbacking" taken seriously by others.

    For those of us who pray daily for the safety of our Prophet, and who raised our hands to sustain him, and who listened to him speak about receiving Church-wide and personal revelation just 2 weeks ago, there is no second-guessing his minutest decisions.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    April 16, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    Tekakaromatagi posted:

    =There was a comment about dwindling air space. Planes in and out of the middle
    =East sometimes don't go in straight paths.

    Tekakaromatagi is right. So many posters here are implying that Russell Nelson and Jeffrey Holland fled out of fear for their lives. But "dwindling air space" might very possibly mean that if they don't leave early they may have to leave late, even very late, and that would have thrown their plans for visiting other nations (Zimbabwe, India, Thailand, etc.) into chaos. I don't think it had anything to do with fear.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    April 16, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    BobP. Perhaps it is not time yet, but it is clear that the LDS church will have to clearly take sides. True,
    God Blesses Those Who Bless Israel. God promises Abraham: "‘I will bless those who bless you… Genesis 12:3
    .
    Anticipating the gospel, it already contained the doctrine of justification by faith, in which the essence of the *gospel consisted.

    Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and announced ‘the*gospel’ in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you."(Gal 3:8)

  • BobP CA, 00
    April 16, 2018 8:40 a.m.

    Perhaps it is not time yet, but it is clear that the LDS church will have to clearly take sides. Islam has its moments of near decency. Those moments are few and far between. Judah and Benjamin are of the Lord's chosen and covenant people. The choice is clear.

    Remember also that the Prophet Joseph Smith sent Orson Hyde to dedicate the "land of Jerusalem" for the return of the Jews. That makes the Lord a Zionist, apparently to the dismay of some badly misguided souls on this forum.

    I am 5th generation LDS, the first of my ancestors having joined in the 1830's. I am well over 78 and I have been a Zionist since I can remember. I am sorry that President Nelson will miss the tourist part of his visit, he is wiser than I.

  • loweye salt lake, UT
    April 15, 2018 4:05 p.m.

    It seems no one wants to consider the part Trump has played in this whole thing.

  • VKI Mesa, AZ
    April 15, 2018 10:41 a.m.

    "His original itinerary had included visiting the Western Wall, the Garden Tomb and the Sea of Galilee."

    I LOVE those sites, but I've lived in Israel and know that often plans are changed due to the political climate. So he changed his itinerary. He didn't visit all the sites that he had wanted to and planned to. When you're in charge of the prophet's itinerary, then you can make the decision. I firmly believe the prophet goes where he is supposed to go. Maybe someone in Africa needs him early.

  • taatmk Brigham City, UT
    April 15, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    Good grief. People are complaining that he is leaving early? I assume those same did not congratulate him for traveling in the first place. This is a fact finding tour, not a first responder tour. They didn't come with band aids and penicillin. However, from the facts they do find, do not be surprises when the aid comes later.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    April 15, 2018 6:52 a.m.

    There was a comment about dwindling air space. Planes in and out of the middle East sometimes don't go in straight paths. During the ISIS days planes out of Saudi Arabia would fly over the Iraq-Iran border to Turkish air space to avoid going over western Iraq and eastern Syria.

    If you are on a trip and you foresee that there maybe plane delays, you make adjustments to your schedule.

    Arabic proverb, "Praise God and tie up your camel." In otherwords, take reasonable efforts to safeguard yourself and possessions without seeking God's intervention."

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:46 p.m.

    Sir Richard: Not sure if I want to call Jesus out on why didn't put all those pharisees in place the first time they questioned his authority, or left Lazarus in the tomb for an extra day, or asked His father to forgive the Roman soldiers at His crucifiction.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    April 14, 2018 9:39 p.m.

    President Nelson's decision was to not travel into the Galilee. Considering the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is claimed by Syria and the distance to Damascus from there is short this is probably a wise move.

    President Nelson stayed with members in Jerusalem as long as planned and stayed there for a whole day after US air strikes made the whole area unstable.

    Even in the case of Moses he stood afar off and Aaron and Hur held up his arms as Joshua led an army in battle. President Nelson does not have an actual army, and even if some of his security detail may be armed it is not with weapons to counter the might of a modern army.

    Wgile God can protect us from anything, he has not in general counseled us that if we walk right into the cross fire of waring armies we will be safe. Jerusalem is not likely to be targeted. Americans in the Galilee are which is why BYU Jerusalem students will not be giing outside the city any time soon.

    With bomb throwing protesters in Gaza travel in that direction is also not,advised.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    April 14, 2018 9:27 p.m.

    The Church has consistently sought not to take a side in the disputes regarding the status of Jerusalem.

    This was pointed out on multipke occasions in multiple ways by my History of the Jews professor at BYU.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 14, 2018 9:08 p.m.

    It would seem that where god’s mercy and a prophets presence is most needed is ln the battle of misery and war more than in the house of peace and well being.

  • No Conference Will Take Us Seattle, WA
    April 14, 2018 8:49 p.m.

    Leester - utah, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:49 a.m.
    The Red Cross moves into the area.
    Doctors Without Borders move to the area.
    WHO moves into the area.
    Journalists move into the area.
    The prophet of God leaves the area.

    >>>>>

    Yep, the prophet left the area and so would I.
    You might want to check what those organizations are up to currently.
    Most of DWB are gone from Syria. Those that remain are getting a paycheck from Assad. They can't even go beyond the range of government forces.
    Unfortunate they can't provide aid in the area of chemical attacks. You know, the people that suffered.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    April 14, 2018 7:26 p.m.

    "Curious that Russ Nelson fled for his own safety while leaving BYU-Jerusalem Center staff and students on their own."

    I think the word "fled" is beyond dramatic here.

    The Jerusalem center is very well fortified and has shelters, the local Arabs love the economy the students bring and the jews love America.

    But there are crazy people inside and outside of the church that view the possibility of prophets dying in Jerusalem as a necessity for the second coming, therefore those students get a huge target painted on them by the presence of president Nelson.

    Right move under the circumstances.

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    April 14, 2018 7:23 p.m.

    Rabbi-

    The first shall be last and the last shall be first - the day will come when the Savior will come and once again gather the Jewish people and they too will know that Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer of all mankind. The Prophet does not fall short of Christianity - he envelops it and lives a Christ-like life.

    You don’t have to believe, but when he speaks, he speaks as the Prophet for all God’s children. Remember, not all believed the Savior....

  • Rabbi McMoe Sonoma, CA
    April 14, 2018 6:27 p.m.

    Your true understanding of Christianity falls a great deal short here. The Zionists speak very loud but they don't speak for the Jews.

  • benjjamin Provo, UT
    April 14, 2018 6:24 p.m.

    According to the article, Elder Holland said, "I suspect none of us in this room can understand the significance of this day .... But we will."

    I wish that had more context, because I want to understand the significance of that comment...

  • JBs Logan, UT
    April 14, 2018 5:53 p.m.

    We don't need to know why they left; it isn't up to us. Good grief.

  • CMTM , 00
    April 14, 2018 4:35 p.m.

    RE: enlightened generation. "You may not want to base your happiness or faith on your belief that church leaders will always be protected. There is no such guarantee of course. (ie Joseph Smith"e.g..
    The death of JS I remember what Joseph said, a short time before he was slain in one of the last sermons I ever heard him preach. Said he, “Men are here today who are seeking my blood, and they are those who have held the[Mormon] Priesthood and have received their washings and anointing’s; men who have received their endowments.” I saw the faces of those men at that time, and they had a hand in slaying the Prophet . (JoD v 4 p 149). Wilford Woodruff, December 21, 1856.

    Brigham Young comments on it.…” when you feel like killing me for so doing, as some of the people did who called themselves brethren in the days of Joseph Smith, look out for yourselves, for ‘false brethren’ were the cause of Joseph's death, and I am not a very righteous man”.(JoD v 3 p.49.)

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    April 14, 2018 4:19 p.m.

    Sir Richard -

    There are also many examples of righteous men and women who fled the front lines and moved to more secure fortifications. Why wouldn’t the Prophet of God not do the same? The article mentioned that they would never leave those at the Jerusalem center if it were not safe for them to continue. The Prophet along with those accompanying him have much more to accomplish.

  • enlightened generation Draper, UT
    April 14, 2018 3:18 p.m.

    @Leester: very good point .
    @Suzyk: You may not want to base your happiness or faith on your belief that church leaders will always be protected. There is no such guarantee of course. (ie Joseph & Hyrum Smith). If a lds leader or any other inspired leader is killed by accident or by intent, it should have zero affect on ones faith in the Divine. Most of Christ’s ancient apostles were slaughtered etc. I purport that the belief that current LDS-church leaders can’t be harmed is just another sad faith-promoting false rumor and flawed understanding

  • MarilynnB Willits, CA
    April 14, 2018 3:15 p.m.

    I trust that President Nelson and those accompanying him will be safe. I have much graver concerns for the people of Syria, as well as the integrity of a once great USA. We cannot "make America great again" by attacking countries that have done nothing to us.

    There is no solid evidence of a chemical attack, let alone who might have done it, but let's destroy the lack of evidence before an OPCW delegation can assess the situation. Among other structures, a chemical facility was targeted and destroyed. So, Assad is a monster for unleashing chemical warfare, but it's okay for us to blow toxic materials all over the area. But wait, we are assured that no toxins were released and no one was harmed. Conclusion: Either there was a functional chemical lab and innocent people were endangered by the U.S. & its allies deliberately dispersing its contents... or the lab was no longer making or storing toxic chemicals! Game Over....

  • brownderby Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2018 2:53 p.m.

    @leester
    And none of the above are the single leader of a worldwide church of >16M members. A single member of any of the others would hardly be missed. I have done significant professional international volunteerism and even in Jerusalem, but know that I would not be missed. Very good judgment on President Nelson's part.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    April 14, 2018 2:51 p.m.

    I admire so much what our Prophet is doing to carry the message of love, hope and peace to people the world over. All of God's children need to hear this beautiful message now, more than ever. We are all blessed because of what he and Apostle Holland are doing.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    April 14, 2018 2:35 p.m.

    Unlike the State Department the Church does not employ large svale armed guards to get its leaders safe.

    This was a wise and prudent move.

  • Forgiveness is the Answer St George, UT
    April 14, 2018 2:30 p.m.

    I am surprised at all those that seem to continually use this forum to criticize the leaders of the Church.
    The Prophet apparently accomplished the purposes of his visit to Jerusalem, which was to uplift, inspire, and hold a District Conference of the members there. Apparently he didn't feel he needed to inspire or carry a message to any of the historical sites that were the only things left on his tour's itinerary in Jerusalem.
    The Church has well-established security policies for all the Brethren and the members in such places and times. I'm confident that he will use any extra time in his next city to minister to those there, so nothing is lost.
    God bless our Prophet.

  • poundwagon South Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    Mario, Leester, and any others taking a negative stance on the press release stating that our prophet is leaving Jerusalem to continue his world tour; please understand that President Nelson, Brother Holland, and their group's purpose for this tour is to minister throughout the world. That plan has not changed, and Jerusalem is still considered the center of that tour. Those groups you mention that are moving into the region are doing so due to their purpose. Our prophet is making a decision to proceed to other sites scheduled for visits based on the core purpose of this tour. Never was it the plan to stay in Jerusalem the entire time. And, they have accomplished the core purpose for this specific visit to Jerusalem. I pray you can find the faith required to understand the reason for this decision.

  • Really!? Logan, UT
    April 14, 2018 1:24 p.m.

    @Leester
    All the organizations you mentioned are wonderful and their service is greatly appreciated. Their numbers are many, but we have only one prophet on earth today. It is important to be prudent in dangerous situations. It took 93 years to raise up the current prophet. We don't want to take that lightly.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 14, 2018 1:07 p.m.

    To those criticizing President Nelson's decision to leave the area — it isn't just his safety he has to think about but also those who are traveling with him.

    It's important to remember that.

  • CMTM , 00
    April 14, 2018 12:19 p.m.

    RE; BAKC “Powerful message from the Prophet of God and especially during these tumultuous times. I love that he wants to go and minister to all the world - just as the Savior would”.?
    Many people have been killed for their faith through the ages. Martyr, is the Greek word in the New Testament which is translated “witness.” Therefore, when Jesus said, “ye shall be witnesses unto me” in Acts 1:8 it had great significance to them. This does not mean that every follower of Christ will be killed for their faith, but because the witness of the early church followers lead to their martyrdom. E.g…,

    Acts chapters 6 and 7 Stephen’s martyrdom.

    Peter was martyred under Nero’s reign. He was killed in Rome around the years 64 to 67. Tradition holds that he was crucified upside down. Like Andrew, his brother, he is said to have refused to be crucified in the same manner as Christ because he was unworthy to be executed in the same way as the Lord.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    April 14, 2018 12:08 p.m.

    To the naysayers:
    There will come a time when two of them won't leave Jerusalem....and they will be killed, as it says in Revelation 11 and the rest of that epic happening---

    But that is not this day.

  • K-Dog Bostic, NC
    April 14, 2018 11:56 a.m.

    I am grateful the prophet has changed his tour. It is better safe than sorry. For any naysayers, that say it was overly dramatic or shouldnt have happened, i respond by saying God helps those who help themselves. I also say those persons probably haven't spent much time in areas of hostility or potential harm.

    Things can change on a dime and be quite ambiguous during a crisis. It is better be able to focus on the safety of the masses in such times than have high value persons in the area that could potentially drain resources and end in the masses taking a back seat to rescue. I am grateful President Nelson listened to his security team.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    April 14, 2018 11:49 a.m.

    Good on President Nelson. No need to have a couple of captured American religious leaders aggravating an already tense situation. No need to make problems for the host country or create further dangers for BYU students.

    Leester and Mario,
    There is good Biblical precedent for God prompting his Prophet to leave a situation.

  • illuminated Kansas City, MO
    April 14, 2018 11:24 a.m.

    The message of the Lord Jesus Christ is a message of hope, it is a message of love, it is a message of joy,” said President Nelson. “It is underlined in this time of a little heightened tension.”

    But that wasn't enough was it.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    April 14, 2018 11:18 a.m.

    A great opportunity lost.

    I was hoping he might be the first prophet to ski Mount Hermon, the site some people believe was the Mount of the Transfiguration.

    Of course, that would be unwise these days. Hard against the Syrian border, it is where Israel keeps an eye on Jordan and Syria.

    Maybe President Nelson will start sounding like our Jewish friends now: "Next year in Jerusalem."

  • SirRichard1987 OCEANSIDE, CA
    April 14, 2018 11:05 a.m.

    Dieter Uchtdorf provided an uplifting April 2017 General Conference address - "Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear."
    Instead of fleeing danger for his own safety, Russ Nelson should have demonstrated prophetic courage by staying in Jerusalem with his fellow saints. He should now reflect on Dieter's address.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    April 14, 2018 11:00 a.m.

    I've spent time in Jerusalem and travel a lot.

    There are huge complications with travel and local tensions, there are 250 byu students and a very small scattering of members in Jerusalem and Galilee, perhaps the Jordan branches came as well.

    The trip timing does put people in danger.

    Furthermore, I've personally seen people trying to incite conflict in Jerusalem to be the "two prophets murdered" prophecy, many don't understand the sequence of events (or non literal symbolic metaphors used in scripture) and view the murder of prophets as something to check off a list. That puts everyone in danger.

    I've driven in Jerusalem in military escort with visiting church leaders before, you don't do things that any absolutely necessary in those situations.

    To those criticizing president Nelson and elder Holland, I know them both very well and would assume that they eventually listened to security on the topic matter but it's for a long list of security reasons that this is wise. I'd suggest that the critics have no real experience in these matters.

  • Mick , 00
    April 14, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    Mario-

    Did you stop and think that maybe the Lord told him to leave and that was his protection?

  • Papa_Petrid Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2018 10:48 a.m.

    We all need to keep in mind that the work and ministry that the the Lord's Prophet, which is Presedent Russel M Nelson, as well as the ministry of Elder Jeffrey R Holland (who is an Apostle of Jesus Christ), and also their wives (who are a very important part of this ministry), is the work and ministry of Jesus Christ, who heads their ministrative tour. I promise you that they are being guided by His hands. I testify to all men, women, and youth that they are always intuned to the Holy Spirit and that they will go and do, as well as speak, those things that the Savior and Redeemer will lead them to do and speak. If they feel inclined to leave early the ministry in any parts of their tour; I testify to you that it is the will of the Head that leads them in this Holy Ministry Tour; yea, because it is His work and ministry.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    April 14, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    I believe fully that the Lord will protect His servants as they are about His business. But I also recognize that should the Spirit whisper to the these servants - It's time to leave. Then I trust that the prophet and his associates will respond to the promptings and leave.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    April 14, 2018 10:42 a.m.

    I think it a bit extreme to express criticism about the Prophet leaving the area in lieu of the air strikes on Syria. A few comments noted that the State Department is remaining; which I guess is supposed to suggest that there is no danger here. I for one remain leery of the State Departments ability to protect U.S. citizens in the MIddle East as I think back on Ambassador Stephens. I don't think President Nelson and Elder Holland are armed.

    I am certain that the day will come when prophets will remain in Jerusalem during times of chaos, but this is not that day.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    April 14, 2018 10:32 a.m.

    @ Mario and Lester. Were you involved in the discussions regarding President Nelson's change of plans? Do you know all of the factors and issues that were discussed? Is it possible that the state department advised President Nelson to leave? Is it possible that there are other factors not having anything to do with the unstable situation in Israel that prompted the change in plans? It is interesting that people who were not involved in making a decision seem to know better what decision should be made than those who are aware of all of the factors.

  • Red Corvette St George, UT
    April 14, 2018 10:21 a.m.

    Being a prophet, he should know at the very least whether it is safe for him to stay or not.

  • SirRichard1987 OCEANSIDE, CA
    April 14, 2018 10:12 a.m.

    Moses demonstrated courage in crisis and war. So did Joshua, Abraham, Enoch, Nephi, King Benjamin, Captain Moroni, Helaman, Mormon, and Moroni. Look at the confidence of Esther, Paul, Abinadi, the sons of Mosiah in the face of danger.
    Curious that Russ Nelson fled for his own safety while leaving BYU-Jerusalem Center staff and students on their own. Two thumbs down.

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    April 14, 2018 9:50 a.m.

    Powerful message from the Prophet of God and especially during these tumultuous times. I love that he wants to go and minister to all the world - just as the Savior would.

    Thomas - you are always welcomed back.

  • Leester utah, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:49 a.m.

    The Red Cross moves into the area.
    Doctors Without Borders move to the area.
    WHO moves into the area.
    Journalists move into the area.
    The prophet of God leaves the area.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:36 a.m.

    Always the negative. Part of Mario's comment, "The State Department didn’t leave, why would the Prophet?" No government in the region would go against the State Department people there and the most powerful nation in the world, but they could target President Nelson. I hope that answers the question.

    I believe in inspiration and the good choice which I know has happened with this decision.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    Prudent move.

  • Mario McCash Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:17 a.m.

    Kind of a knee jerk reaction? You would think the Lord would protect him just so long as reasonable, proactive measures where taken (exercise wisdom) etc., but to just cut and leave altogether seems unnecessarily drastic. The State Department didn’t leave, why would the Prophet?

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:16 a.m.

    “The message of the Lord Jesus Christ is a message of hope, it is a message of love, it is a message of joy,” said President Nelson. “It is underlined in this time of a little heightened tension.”

    That, for me, sums up just about everything we really need to know. Even though I am no longer LDS, that particular message still seems to me the central truth of our times.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 14, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    I get so tense when I think of all the danger they are surrounded by. But then I need to remind myself that Pres. Nelson and brother Holland have tremendous testimonies and knowledge. We have to remember that Heavenly Father would watch over them while they are doing His work. I will be at peace when they are back in the United States of America. I know there are many praying for them and I hope many lives will be changed for the good because of the Gospel that was taught by these great men.