“I can hardly wait to jump out of bed every morning to see what will happen in this gathering process,” President Russell M. Nelson said about the joy he finds inviting others to Christ. While visiting the Dominican Republic, President Nelson shared with the missionaries how he came to be in that country.
President Nelson clearly relishes being with missionaries. He and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made time to shake hands with every missionary attending the event at the Santo Domingo meetinghouse. Joining the visiting Brethren was Sister Ruth Renlund, along with Elder Walter F. Gonzalez and Elder Jose L. Alonso, and their wives, Sister Zulma Gonzalez and Sister Rebecca Alonso.
President Nelson said he was awakened at 2 a.m. just days ago with an unmistakable impression: Go to the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican people, he told the missionaries, are naturally drawn to matters of the spirit. “There is something very special here. ... The people love the Lord Jesus Christ, yet they don’t (truly understand Him). That’s why you’re here — to make that connection, so the Lord they love can become real to them.”