Becoming a Servant of the Lord
When President Nelson was called as an apostle to the Quorum of the Twelve on April 6, 1984, he filled a vacancy that had lasted for over a year. He was sustained at the same session when Elder Dallin H. Oaks was sustained—making the calling a historic one in many ways.
President Nelson recalls that, while doing his rounds at the hospital, he received a phone call from the secretary to President Spencer W. Kimball asking him if he could come to the office of the First Presidency.
“I said, ‘Of course, I’ll be happy to—but where is it?’” President Nelson recalled. “I didn’t have any idea where it was. That was how green I was.”
But, despite this fact, President Nelson stepped into his new role with vigor, serving and inspiring millions throughout the Church. About this sacred call, President Nelson said:
“There is no way you can describe it,” he said. “It is the most sacred thing that can happen to a man in this life. It is life-changing, yes. But, hopefully, he, in turn, will be able to change the lives of many other people toward the Lord. This is what we do. We are servants of the Lord. We are His agents and that means salvation and exaltation for the people who come under the sphere of His influence.”
There’s no more sacred work or inspired call than serving as the Savior’s witness on earth to prepare a man to lead His Church on the Earth today. There’s no doubt that throughout his life, President Nelson has been prepared to be the chosen prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today.