The impression that came to President Nelson in the middle of the night that inspired his video message

It’s not often that the prophet announces a special video message, but one week ago, President Russell M. Nelson announced that he had received an impression to share a message with the world.

That message was broadcast today, Friday, November 20. In it, President Nelson gave a message on the healing power of gratitude, which was viewed hundreds of thousands of times across social media platforms. In an accompanying blog post on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, President Nelson shared the impression that came to him which inspired his message.

“A few weeks ago, I woke in the middle of the night with the thought that I should offer a prayer of gratitude to God for all of His children around the globe,” President Nelson wrote. “Thoughts flooded my mind of all of the things for which we should be grateful and how expressing that gratitude could become a healing spirit in our lives. As the inspiration came, specific details, including when and how I should share this message, came to my mind and heart. The video message shared today was not one that came by chance; it is one that came from heaven.”

President Nelson continues by sharing that throughout his tenure as prophet, the Spirit has repeatedly impressed upon him how willing the Lord is to reveal His mind and will to all of us. He writes that it is one of the greatest gifts of God to His children.

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“No matter who you are, you can pray to your Heavenly Father for guidance and direction in your life,” President Nelson wrote. “If you learn to hear the Lord through His promptings, you may receive divine guidance in matters large and small.”

Read the full post from President Nelson on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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Lindsey Williams

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