President Russell M. Nelson speaks at the 191st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 3-4, 2021

During the April 2021 General Conference, Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged listeners to become better through repentance, keep their temple covenants and remember lessons learned during the pandemic. He said his invitations given during several sessions of the two-day conference can help prepare individuals and the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.


“The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power. But He does ask us to believe,”

“Faith in Jesus Christ is the greatest power available to us in this life.”

“Your growing faith in Him will move mountains — not the mountains of rock that beautify the earth — but the mountains of misery in your lives”

“Your flourishing faith will help you turn challenges into unparalleled growth and opportunity.”

Welcome Message

My dear brothers and sisters and friends throughout the world, I offer my personal welcome to this general conference. We gather as a great global family desiring to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for joining with us.

This last year has been one for the record books. No doubt we have each learned things we did not know previously. Some lessons that I knew before have been written on my heart in new and instructive ways.

For example, I know for sure that the Lord directs the affairs of His Church. He said, “I will show [you] that I am able to do mine own work.” (read the entire talk Welcome Message)


“The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of repentance. Because of the Savior’s Atonement, His gospel provides an invitation to keep changing, growing and becoming more pure.”

“The gospel is a message of joy! Our spirits rejoice with every small step forward we take.”

“Part of the gathering of Israel, and a very important part, is the charge for us as a people to be worthy and willing to help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.”

What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget

My dear brethren, I have looked forward to this virtual meeting with you. The last time we held a priesthood session of general conference was in April 2019. Much has happened in the past two years! Some of you have lost loved ones. Others have lost jobs, livelihood, or health. Still others have lost a sense of peace or hope for the future. My heart goes out to each one of you who has suffered these or other losses. I pray constantly that the Lord will comfort you. As you continue to let God prevail in your life, I know that He is just as optimistic about your future as He has ever been.

Amid the losses we have experienced, there are also some things we have found. Some have found deeper faith in our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Many have found a fresh perspective on life—even an eternal perspective. You may have found stronger relationships with your loved ones and with the Lord. I hope you have found an increased ability to hear Him and receive personal revelation. Difficult trials often provide opportunities to grow that would not have come in any other way.

Think back on the past two years. How have you grown? What have you learned? (read the entire talk What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget)


“I urge you to continue to make your home a truly holy place and ‘be not moved’ from that essential goal.”

“If you know of anyone who is alone, reach out — even if you feel alone, too! … Pandemic or not, each precious child of God needs to know that he or she is not alone!”

“Discipline yourself to have time alone and with your loved ones. Open your heart to God in prayer. Take time to immerse yourself in the scriptures and worship in the temple.”

Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains

My dear brothers and sisters, I am grateful for the privilege of speaking with you on this Easter Sunday.1 The atoning sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus Christ changed each of our lives forever. We love Him and gratefully worship Him and our Heavenly Father.

During the past six months, we have continued to grapple with a global pandemic. I marvel at your resilience and spiritual strength in the face of illness, loss, and isolation. I pray constantly that, through it all, you will feel the Lord’s unfailing love for you. If you have responded to your trials with a stronger discipleship, this past year will not have been in vain.

This morning, we have heard from Church leaders who come from every populated continent on earth. Truly, the blessings of the gospel are for every race, language, and people. The Church of Jesus Christ is a global church. Jesus Christ is our leader.

Thankfully, even a pandemic has not been able to slow the onward march of His truth. The gospel of Jesus Christ is exactly what is needed in this confused, contentious, and weary world. (read the entire talk Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains)


“The blessings of the gospel are for every race, language and people. The Church of Jesus Christ is a global Church. Jesus Christ is our leader.”

“Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of all belief and the conduit of divine power.”

“The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power. But He does ask us to believe.”

COVID-19 and Temples

We want to bring the house of the Lord even closer to our members, that they may have the sacred privilege of attending the temple as often as their circumstances allow.

As I announce our plans to construct 20 more temples, I ponder and praise pioneers—past and present—whose consecrated lives have helped to make this history today. A new temple will be built in each of the following locations: Oslo, Norway; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; Kumasi, Ghana; Beira, Mozambique; Cape Town, South Africa; Singapore, Republic of Singapore; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Cali, Colombia; Querétaro, Mexico; Torreón, Mexico; Helena, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Grand Junction, Colorado; Farmington, New Mexico; Burley, Idaho; Eugene, Oregon; Elko, Nevada; Yorba Linda, California; and Smithfield, Utah.

Temples are a vital part of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. Ordinances of the temple fill our lives with power and strength available in no other way. We thank God for those blessings (read the entire talk COVID-19 and Temples)


“We have felt inspired to reopen temples gradually through a very cautious approach.”

“When the incidence of COVID-19 in your area is within safe limits, your temple will be reopened.”

“With courage, let us all press on in the glorious work of the Lord.”

All Talks by Russell M. Nelson

Includes all Russell M. Nelson’s talk, not just those that he gave when he was a General Authority of the Church, but also those given by him before.

Insights from a Prophet’s Life


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