President of The Church of Jesus Christ delivers message of hope

Pres. Russell M. Nelson delivering a video message of hope, Friday, Nov. 22, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a message of hope, healing and unity Friday. The 11 minute pre-recorded video from Russell M. Nelson was intended to help lift people around the world out of the depths of COVID-19 and other plagues.

Pres. Nelson, who was a former pioneering cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, said he honors the service of healthcare professionals, and grieves with the many people who have been upended by COVID-19. He views the current pandemic as one of many ills that plague the world, including hate, civil unrest, racism, violence, dishonesty and lack of civility.

“Skilled scientists and researchers are laboring diligently to develop and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus,” said Pres. Nelson. “But there is no medication or operation that can fix the many spiritual woes and maladies that we face.”

Pres. Nelson, who members of the church view as a prophet, offered a prayer of gratitude and a remedy to the fractured relationships and communities. He invited everyone, everywhere, to do two things to help heal:

  • Turn social media into a gratitude journal for the next seven days
  • Say a prayer of thanks

“Over my nine-and-a-half decades of life, I have concluded that counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems. No matter our situation, showing gratitude for our privileges is a fast acting and long lasting spiritual prescription.”

Pres. Nelson’s message was released as the church has also assisted in multiple COVID-19 relief efforts, participating in more than 750 projects in over 135 countries.

Now, as much of the country faces another surge in COVID-19 cases, the faith leader hopes citizens around the world can come together yet again and share gratitude — both on social media, using the hashtag #GiveThanks, and through prayer.

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  • Joseph Smith November 20, 2020 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Please everyone…tell the imaginary man in the sky “thanks!”.

    Also, please ask the imaginary man in the sky why so many people like to play make believe.

    Why he hates the gays so badly (or even made them?!?)

    Ask him why it’s okay that people go to bed hungry, but his one true church can keep gobbling up real estate and hording billions – I like that one!

    And while you’re talking to him, please tell him that in my gratitude journal I’m thankful to be surrounded by so many sheep that are void of critical thinking skills and are mentally ill. It’s a treat!

    I don’t just think this of Mormon’s, btw. Russell just happens to be one and is pretending to be a profit of god. (I did that on purpose)

  • Dean November 21, 2020 at 10:40 am Reply

    For the 1st comment with question perhaps my answers will help you.
    1st. People have their own minds to think what they want they can follow false messiahs like Obama or socialism that steals from ones own achievement.

    2nd. Who can say he hate gays? Homosexuality is a chosen sexual perversion and against the laws of nature. The law of natural selection allows the strong genetic creatures to survive. If one chooses to engages in sexual perversion one does does not propagate ones genes.

    3rd. Stop relying on others to work for your substance. If one cannot be responsible for the results of their sexual gratification, then do not engage in sexual gratification.

    I for one am very, very grateful for President Donald J. Trump for being the one man that takes is oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which it’s main purpose, is to protect the liberties of the individual. Not the powers that Congress has forfeited to power hungry government bureaucracies.

  • Sunshine November 21, 2020 at 10:49 am Reply

    I am so grateful for this man. For his love and compassion. This world needs so much more of it. More kindness less judging. More love less anger. More of giving each other the benefit of the doubt. This video was so needed and brings me such peace. I hope we can all find more peace wherever that comes from for each of us individually. Anger is deadly to us and every person we interact with.

  • Joseph Smith November 21, 2020 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Hahaha. Mindless sheep. Baaaaa

  • Polly Polygamist November 21, 2020 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Thank god for that prophecy….no one else has ever thought of being grateful in November before. Phew. Good thing there’s nothing happening in the world that “god” could’ve spoke of or helped with

  • Steve Nelson November 21, 2020 at 11:21 pm Reply

    I awaited Mr. Nelson’s big announcement like many probably did for a week or more before it was given. And I gotta say Mr. Nelson is a fine speaker. He wants everybody to flood social media with I guess, our personal thoughts on Thankfulness. One of many things I can say is that I am always thankful. I am always prayerful. I act on almost every good thought that pops into my head whether it’s during prayer or anytime of the day or night. I think my prayers are very thoughtful and precise and yes, Real men do cry!
    While I am very thankful for my family and children and grandchildren as well, I am also thankful for my friends who have helped me in some really tough spots over the years.
    And also in these challenging times I am very thankful for the One news & spot on analysis organization that has been at the forefront of the fight for Freedom for over 25 years now. I also get a number of my very vital vitamins from them to support my health, and I pray for their continued success in all that they do as there is No One Else filling the vital role of leading the charge against tyranny in our nation and in the world, than that of Alex Jones and his Valiant crew there at While Alex and his crew are diligently doing everything they can to stop the theft and ruin of our nation it is sad to note, that the supposed Elders of Israel right now are Cowering behind their Face Diapers and whimpering like the Cowards that they really are, over a little Flu Bug that they believe their Face Diapers will stop. And while they whimper their nation and their rights are being stolen from them right under their self-righteous noses.
    I am also thankful for my President Donald John Trump, whose book I read over 20 years ago and prayed and asked God to one day make him our Great President. I now pray the he will soon step up to the plate and clean out the Rats from our government once and for all.
    Now, Mr. Nelson made some comment I believe, about being in poverty somewhere there in his speech. I don’t know what Mr. Nelson would know about poverty; however as one who has lived in desperate poverty for 30 years now due to the Lies that Good Latter-day Saints like to tell, and has endured the skin boils, and the loss of 2 families as had another a few years ago, I’d like to say to God and all who may read, with an open heart, my words herein stated; That I am very thankful for all these years of adversity. And Yes, I have learned a thing or two about what desperate poverty really means and how it destroys ones very sole. Especially when I have done everything that I can possibly conceive of in my mind to claw my way out of that Black Pit of Financial & mental slavery that my “Good Brothers & Sisters “ threw me into so long ago.
    I can tell you Mr. Nelson, that the ride has been rough and soulless and dark and dreary. And today, unless a Great Financial blessing arrives and fast, I face a future that is equally as dark and utterly without hope. And so do my children and grandchildren. And therefore I pray day and night and many times in between, that God will lift this veil of extreme poverty from me and give me even a little hope for a better tomorrow.
    You know what they say, that like the statue of Christ that has no hands, that the body of Christ or his faithful followers that is, are the hands that do his work these days. And so, perhaps one and all who read my words of pleading and desperation and yes, a little of the fire of anger still yet burning, perhaps, just perhaps you might like to help me; even just a little? And look, I’ve made it easy for you. God has given me a few talents, and I have written and illustrated several eBooks on a number of different subjects. Maybe you’d like to have one or two? Now if I put a link on here I am sure that “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” that are rampantly everywhere in today’s world will just delete my message. So I will give you a couple of my best Titles and a coded reference as to where you can easily find them.
    Title #1- The Creator’s Sentinel by Steve Nelson;
    Title #2- The First Civilization of Earth by Steve Nelson;
    Both of these fine eBooks are available at: [Smashwords DOT com] Please won’t you get one of my eBooks?
    Thank You, Steve Nelson

  • Joseph Smith November 22, 2020 at 11:10 pm Reply

    I believe! I believe!

    I believe mental illness is real. Oh Steve. Oh Dean. I hope you have people in your life to give you hugs. So sad and pathetic.

    I hope you will both re-read your strange posts and get the professional help you both need. Also, to my faithful friends – please keep them on your prayers. 🙂

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