“I believe that if the Lord were speaking to you directly tonight, the first thing he would make sure you understand is your true identity,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
President Russell M. Nelson joked with a purpose Sunday night about being more than 97-and-a-half years old—the oldest president and prophet in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“In short, I have lived a long time,” the hale and hearty church leader said during a worldwide devotional for young adults ages 18 to 30, “and at this point, I have stopped buying green bananas.”
After the long laughter of a capacity crowd of 20,000 young adults died down inside the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, President Nelson said he no longer spends time on things that don’t matter.
“You do matter to me, and your future matters much to me,” he said, calling them futures that extend beyond this life to eternal glory.
President Nelson said his purpose Sunday night was to educate and prepare them for those futures and stressed three fundamental truths he said would set young adults on the right course for their futures:
- Know the truth about who you are.
- Know the truth about what Heavenly Father and his Son have offered you.
- Know the truth related to your conversion.
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