“If I have learned anything certain in my 95 years of life, it’s that Jesus the Christ is the Son of God. His Church has been restored in these latter days to prepare the world for the Second Coming,” President Russell M. Nelson said during his birthday celebration at the Conference Center on September 6. “He is the light and life of the world. Only through Him can we reach our divine destiny and eventual exaltation.”
If President Nelson wanted to make one thing clear on his 95th birthday, it's that “Jesus the Christ is literally my Savior, my Redeemer, my exemplar, and friend."
Our prophet also invited those around the world to seek that same testimony of our Savior. “My message to the world is simple and sincere,” he said. “I invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life.”
President and Sister Nelson during the birthday celebration at the Conference Center. Image by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.
After a celebration that was broadcast live in seven languages and included the testimony of apostles and performances by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Donny Osmond, The Bonner Family, Nathan Pacheco, Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, and GENTRI, President Nelson concluded the evening with His profound witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. (Watch the full performance on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.)
"Every day of my life I thank my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ for the gift of life and the privilege of serving His children. On occasions past when my mortal life was in grave danger, They intervened with help that only They could have delivered," he said. “I acknowledge timely and generous help from heaven.”
He continued: "I not only know that God lives, I know that He loves His children. He wants us to have joy. Choose to return to His holy presence and receive the blessings, all of the blessings that He has in store for His faithful children."