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What Did President Nelson Post on His 100th New Year’s Day?

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In observance of New Year’s Day 2024, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted on his social media accounts. The full post reads: 

Years ago, Sister Nelson and I visited Machu Picchu high in the mountains of Perú. We marveled at what we experienced.

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While we marvel at the accomplishments of men and women, all of that pales when compared with the creations and works of our loving Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

On this—my 100th New Year’s Day—I both marvel and rejoice at the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ, His life, His ministry, His mission, and more.

I marvel at the miracles required for the Prophet Joseph Smith to translate and publish the Book of Mormon, and I rejoice at the Restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I marvel at the faith of devoted Latter-day Saints around the world and rejoice that I have been blessed to meet countless individuals who have made my life so much richer.

I marvel at our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness and rejoice that families truly can be together forever.

May we strive this new year to marvel and rejoice at the privileges and opportunities our Father in Heaven and our Redeemer Jesus Christ provide. 

Other Church leaders also took to social media to share their thoughts on 2024. 

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Elder Neil L. Andersen shared:

Each of you has a spiritual destiny. You are on a journey through mortality, with a specific mission to accomplish here on earth unique to you.

In this new year, you will face challenges. However, you are a son or daughter of God, made in His image. He made your spirit strong and capable of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life.
This year you will have obstacles, delays, trials, temptations, distractions, disappointments, and challenges. There will be mistakes. You may wonder about your future.

Don’t be discouraged! You will have moments of hope and faith as doors open and obstacles are overcome this new year. Continue, persist, and above all, believe in Jesus Christ.

Your life is before you, and as you live righteously year after year, I assure you that your experiences will confirm to you again and again that Jesus is the Christ. You can and will find peace. The Savior reminds us, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). 

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Elder David A. Bednar said: 

As we begin a new year, I encourage you to reflect on the Savior’s invitation to become like Him. He said, “Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am” (3 Nephi 27:27). How can we follow His example and strive to increase in righteousness?

One way is to set goals that align with His will and teachings.

Setting goals is not only a practical skill but also a spiritual discipline. It helps us to exercise appropriately our moral agency, to become agents who act and are not merely acted upon, and to evaluate our progress.

Prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance as you determine your goals this year, and consider sharing your goals with people you trust—whether that be your family, friends, or leaders.

Always remember that the Lord loves you. He will support, sustain, and help you. He said, “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up” (Doctrine and Covenants 84:88).

May we all strive in 2024 to become more like our Savior. He declared, “I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross” (3 Nephi 27:13–14). He redeems us from sin, saves us from death, and invites us to follow Him and partake of His joy. I bear witness of His reality, divinity, and magnificent power. 

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Emily Belle Freeman, Young Women General President, said:

On the last Saturday we were in Fiji, I met with a group of members who knew my grandpa Mickey and my Grandma Belle when they served there in the sixties.
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Right when I walked in the church, a woman with grey hair and a shell necklace walked up to me, placed her hands on my cheeks and pulled my face close to hers. “I need to see your eyes,” she said, “to see if they sparkle like his did.” She looked long and hard and then proclaimed, “they do.”
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She is the second person this year to tell me I have my grandfathers eyes.
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It made me tear up.
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And then she asked, “Are you as mischievous as he was?”
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And I giggled, because I do remember that about him. And I see it in my cousin Mo, and my brother JJ.
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And I actually do have that, within my heart. I have friends who bring it out in me. And sometimes my kids.
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But I also have the very proper side of my Grandma Belle.
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And I find myself balancing both most of the time.
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As we drove away from that church, and after listening to how endeared those saints were to my grandfather, I thought maybe I should give myself permission to be a little more mischievous. We happened to be stopped at the road sign that said Give Way. The timing made me smile. I took a picture of that sign just then. To remind me. To give way.
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It’s my birthday and also the last day of the year, so this day is always filled with a whole lot of reflection for me. And I determined long ago that you are never too old to give way for better things.
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So here is my list of intentions for 2024.
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Give way for more prayer.
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Give way for more joy.
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Give way for more moments of ponder.
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More journal time.
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More brainstorms.
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More quiet.
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More Jesus.
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Give way for better relationships.
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Better listening to the Spirit.
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Better health.
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And yes, give way for a little more mischievousness.
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It feels like it’s about to be a good year.

 

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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