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99 Quotes for President Nelson’s 99th Birthday

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Today is President Russell M. Nelson’s 99th birthday! He was born on September 9, 1942, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1984 and became the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 13, 2018. For nearly 40 years, President Nelson has blessed lives with his powerful spirit and willingness to testify of Jesus Christ. In celebration of his 99th birthday, here are 99 quotes from President Nelson through the years.

  1. “I have implicit faith in the Lord and in His prophets. I have learned not to put question marks but to use exclamation points when calls are issued through inspired channels of priesthood government.” – Call to the Holy Apostleship
  2. “The surgeon soon learns the incontrovertibility of divine law. He knows that hopes and wishes are sometimes simply powerless sham. Desired blessings come only by obedience to divine law, and in no other way.” – Call to the Holy Apostleship President Russell M. Nelson Quote
  3. “The source of our spiritual power is the Lord! The ultimate source of spiritual power is God our Father. The messenger of this power is the Holy Ghost. Our spiritual power line is strengthened through prayer.” – Protect the Spiritual Power Line
  4. “Worship strengthens our power line to deity. There can be no true worship without sacrifice, and there can be no true sacrifice without a cause. The cause that earns our love and priority is the cause of Jesus Christ.” – Protect the Spiritual Power Line
  5. “Life comes from life. It is a gift from our Heavenly Father. It is eternal, as he is eternal. Innocent life is not sent by him to be destroyed! This doctrine is not of me, but is that of the living God and of his divine Son.” – Reverence for Life
  6. “Your spirit acquired a body at birth and became a soul to live in mortality through periods of trial and testing. Part of each test is to determine if your body can become mastered by the spirit that dwells within it.” – Self-Mastery
  7. “Few, if any, of the Lord’s instructions are stated more often, or given greater emphasis, than the commandment to care for the poor and the needy. Our dispensation is no exception.” – In the Lord’s Own Way
  8. “To care fully for the poor, we must help the poor to change. As they are taught and abide doctrines of Deity, spiritual strength will come that enlightens the mind and liberates the soul from the yoke of bondage. When people of the earth accept the gospel of Christ, their attitudes change. Their understanding and capabilities increase.” – In the Lord’s Own Way
  9. “In order to experience true joy, at least three factors are needed. You need to feel good about the people with whom you live and work—your companions in life. You must feel good about yourself—not in any sense of conceit, but simply a proper esteem for yourself, well deserved. And possibly most important, you must feel good about your relation to God and sincerely love him.” – Joy Cometh in the Morning
  10. “Obedience to the commandments of God is requisite if one is to be resurrected with a celestial body. Laws leading to celestial glory will be discussed at this conference. Our challenge is to learn them and abide by them.” – Life after Life
  11. “We should understand the source of our authority and something of the keys that control its power. They may benefit every man, woman, and child who now lives, who has lived, and who yet will live upon the earth.” – Keys of the Priesthood
  12. “Without women, the whole purpose of the creation of this world would be in vain. All the purposes of the world and all that was in the world would be brought to naught without woman—a keystone in the priesthood arch of creation.” – Lessons from Eve
  13. “From our study of Eve, we may learn five fundamental lessons of everlasting importance: She labored beside her companion. She and Adam bore the responsibilities of parenthood. She and her partner worshipped the Lord in prayer. She and Adam heeded divine commandments of obedience and sacrifice. She and her husband taught the gospel to their children.” – Lessons from Eve
  14. “The Lord has often chosen to instruct His people in their times of trial. Scriptures show that some of His lasting lessons have been taught with examples terrible as war, commonplace as childbearing, or obvious as hazards of deep water. His teachings are frequently based on common understanding, but with uncommon results. Indeed, one might say that to teach His people, the Lord employs the unlikely.” – With God Nothing Shall Be Impossible
  15. “With celestial sight, trials impossible to change become possible to endure.” – With God Nothing Shall Be Impossible
  16. “Agency is misunderstood. While we are free to choose, once we have made those choices, we are tied to the consequences of those choices.” – Addiction or Freedom
  17. “Both spirit and body have appetites. One of life’s great challenges is to develop dominance of spiritual appetites over those that are physical. Your willpower becomes strong when joined with the will of the Lord.” – Addiction or Freedom
  18. “As we dread any disease that undermines the health of the body, so should we deplore contention, which is a corroding canker of the spirit.” – The Canker of Contention
  19. Personal peace is reached when one, in humble submissiveness, truly loves God. Through love of God, the pain caused by the fiery canker of contention will be extinguished from the soul.” – The Canker of Contention
  20. “A worthy woman personifies the truly noble and worthwhile attributes of life. A faithful woman can become a devoted daughter of God—more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish, more anxious to exercise compassion than to exercise dominion, more committed to integrity than to notoriety. And she knows of her own infinite worth.” – Woman—Of Infinite Worth
  21. “Feelings of worth come when a woman follows the example of the Master. Her sense of infinite worth comes from her own Christlike yearning to reach out with love, as He does.” – Woman—Of Infinite Worth
  22. “To help another human being reach one’s celestial potential is part of the divine mission of woman. As mother, teacher, or nurturing saint, she molds living clay to the shape of her hopes. In partnership with God, her divine mission is to help spirits live and souls be lifted. This is the measure of her creation. It is ennobling, edifying, and exalting.” – Woman—Of Infinite Worth
  23. “As members of His church, we are privileged to participate in its divine destiny. May we so honor Him who declared, “Thus shall my church be called … The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” – Thus Shall my Church Be Called
  24. “Agency is a divine gift to you. You are free to choose what you will be and what you will do. And you are not without help.” – Choices
  25. “As you continue to face many challenging choices in life, remember, there is great protection when you know who you are, why you are here, and where you are going. Let your unique identity shape each decision you make on the path toward your eternal destiny. Accountability for your choices now will bear on all that lies ahead.” – Choices
  26. “Surely wisdom will come as we listen to learn from children, parents, partners, neighbors, Church leaders, and the Lord.” – Listen to Learn
  27. “The time to listen is when someone needs to be heard.” – Listen to Learn
  28. “Carefully listen to learn from the Lord through the still small voice—the Holy Spirit—which leads to truth. Listen to learn by studying scriptures that record His holy mind and will. Listen to learn in prayer, for He will answer the humble who truly seek Him.” – Listen to Learn
  29. “Godliness characterizes each of you who truly loves the Lord. You are constantly mindful of the Savior’s atonement and rejoice in His unconditional love. Meanwhile you vanquish personal pride and vain ambition. You consider your accomplishments important only if they help establish His kingdom on earth.” – These…Were Our Examples
  30. “The only length of life that seems to satisfy the longings of the human heart is life everlasting.” – Doors of Death
  31. “We can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.” – Doors of Death
  32. “As a special witness of Jesus Christ, I testify that He lives! I also testify that the veil of death is very thin. I know by experiences too sacred to relate that those who have gone before are not strangers to leaders of this Church. To us and to you, our loved ones may be just as close as the next room—separated only by the doors of death.” – Doors of Death
  33. “Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility. Yet opportunities and abilities differ. I believe that in the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty.” – Where Is Wisdom?
  34. “Wisdom is to be found in pure intelligence—in that divine light which can guide people in all countries, all climes, and all continents.” – Where Is Wisdom?
  35. “Honoring the priesthood fosters respect, respect promotes reverence, and reverence invites revelation.” – Honoring the Priesthood
  36. “Religion must shoulder greater responsibility in healing the spiritual sickness that engulfs our globe.” – Combatting Spiritual Drift—Our Global Pandemic
  37. “I firmly feel that the people of this world can be healed as we do our best in combatting spiritual drift—our global pandemic. Healing requires a concurrent development of the will to live, the faith to become well, and the motivation to improve our world for future generations.” – Combatting Spiritual Drift—Our Global Pandemic
  38. “Unchanging principles are so because they come from our unchanging Heavenly Father. Try as they might, no parliament or congress could ever repeal the law of earth’s gravity or amend the Ten Commandments. Those laws are constant. All laws of nature and of God are part of the everlasting gospel.” – Constancy amid Change
  39. “Constancy amid change is assured by heavenly personages, plans, and principles. Our trust can be safely anchored to them. They provide peace, eternal progression, hope, freedom, love, and joy to all who will be guided by them. They are true—now and forever.” – Constancy amid Change
  40. “There is a difference between tolerance and tolerate. Your gracious tolerance for an individual does not grant him or her license to do wrong, nor does your tolerance obligate you to tolerate his or her misdeed. That distinction is fundamental to an understanding of this vital virtue.” – Teach Us Tolerance and Love
  41. “Together we may stand, intolerant of transgression but tolerant of neighbors with differences they hold sacred. Our beloved brothers and sisters throughout the world are all children of God.” – Teach Us Tolerance and Love
  42. “Service in the temple together is a sublime activity for a family. It provides its own sustaining motivation and verification of the truth of this unique work.” – The Spirit of Elijah
  43. “We are also children of the covenant. We have received, as did they of old, the holy priesthood and the everlasting gospel. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our ancestors. We are of Israel. We have the right to receive the gospel, blessings of the priesthood, and eternal life.” – Children of the Covenant
  44. “The Lord has not forgotten us. And to ensure that we do not forget him, children of the covenant receive his doctrine and claim it by covenant.” – Children of the Covenant
  45. “We all need to remember: men are that they might have joy—not guilt trips!” – Perfection Pending
  46. “Mortal perfection can be achieved as we try to perform every duty, keep every law, and strive to be as perfect in our sphere as our Heavenly Father is in his. If we do the best we can, the Lord will bless us according to our deeds and the desires of our hearts.” – Perfection Pending
  47. “The perfection that the Savior envisions for us is much more than errorless performance. It is the eternal expectation as expressed by the Lord in his great intercessory prayer to his Father—that we might be made perfect and be able to dwell with them in the eternities ahead.” – Perfection Pending
  48. “We need not be dismayed if our earnest efforts toward perfection now seem so arduous and endless. Perfection is pending. It can come in full only after the Resurrection and only through the Lord. It awaits all who love him and keep his commandments. It includes thrones, kingdoms, principalities, powers, and dominions. It is the end for which we are to endure. It is the eternal perfection that God has in store for each of us.” – Perfection Pending
  49. “No matter where we live or in what position we serve, all of us need to determine which way we face. God’s commandments serve as a standard against which priorities can be measured. Our respect for the first commandment fashions our feelings for all the others.” – Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods
  50. “Trees reach up for the light and grow in the process. So do we as sons and daughters of heavenly parents. Facing upward provides a loftier perspective than facing right or facing left. Looking up in search of holiness builds strength and dignity as disciples of Deity.” – Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods
  51. “To be redeemed is to be atoned—received in the close embrace of God with an expression not only of His forgiveness, but of our oneness of heart and mind. What a privilege!” – The Atonement
  52. “The Creation required the Fall. The Fall required the Atonement. The Atonement enabled the purpose of the Creation to be accomplished. Eternal life, made possible by the Atonement, is the supreme purpose of the Creation.” – The Atonement
  53. “When we know without a doubt that Jesus is the Christ, we will want to stay with Him. When we are surely converted, the power to endure is ours.” – Endure and Be Lifted Up
  54. “Your responsibility to endure is uniquely yours. But you are never alone. I testify that the lifting power of the Lord can be yours.” – Endure and Be Lifted Up
  55. “Elijah came not only to stimulate research for ancestors. He also enabled families to be eternally linked beyond the bounds of mortality. Indeed, the opportunity for families to be sealed forever is the real reason for our research.” – A New Harvest Time
  56. “Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred.” – We Are Children of God
  57. “A perfect body is not required to achieve a divine destiny.” – We Are Children of God
  58. “If one dishonors the commandments of God, one dishonors mother, and if one dishonors mother, one dishonors the commandments of God.” – Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women
  59. “An ideal marriage is a true partnership between two imperfect people, each striving to complement the other, to keep the commandments, and to do the will of the Lord.” – Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women
  60. “When you read the Book of Mormon, concentrate on the principal figure in the book—from its first chapter to the last—the Lord Jesus Christ.” – A Testimony of the Book of Mormon
  61. “Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be.” – The Creation
  62. “We all need guidance through life. We obtain it best from the standard works and teachings of the prophets of God. With diligent effort, we can achieve that guidance and thus qualify for all of the blessings that God has in store for His faithful children.” – Living by Scriptural Guidance
  63. “Those who enter the temple are also to bear the attribute of holiness. We can acquire holiness only by enduring and persistent personal effort.” – Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings
  64. “Our family is the focus of our greatest work and joy in this life; so will it be throughout all eternity.” – Set in Order Thy House
  65. “The foundation of one’s individual faith, if anchored firmly to eternal truth, allows each of us to reach upward with an eternal perspective.” – How Firm Our Foundation
  66. “The hope of the world is the Prince of Peace—our Creator, Savior, Jehovah, and Judge. He offers us the good life, the abundant life, and eternal life. Peaceful—even prosperous—living can come to those who abide His precepts and follow His pathway to peace. This I declare to all the world.” – Blessed Are the Peacemakers
  67. “We should pray in accord with the will of our Heavenly Father. He wants to test us, to strengthen us, and to help us achieve our full potential.” – Sweet Power of Prayer
  68. “When ordained to an office in the priesthood, you are granted authority. But power comes from exercising that authority in righteousness.” – Personal Priesthood Responsibility
  69. “Simply summarized, life’s greatest blessings will come to us if our love of Jesus Christ is rooted deeply in our hearts.” – Roots and Branches
  70. “Now is the time to prepare to meet God. Tomorrow may be too late.” – Now Is the Time to Prepare
  71. “Jesus suffered deeply because He loves us deeply! He wants us to repent and be converted so that He can fully heal us. When sore trials come upon us, it’s time to deepen our faith in God, to work hard, and to serve others. Then He will heal our broken hearts. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort. Those great gifts will not be destroyed, even by death.” – Jesus Christ—the Master Healer
  72. “Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully. When you as husband and wife recognize the divine design in your union—when you feel deeply that God has brought you to each other—your vision will be expanded and your understanding enhanced.” – Nurturing Marriage
  73. “Spiritual security will always depend upon how one lives, not where one lives. Saints in every land have equal claim upon the blessings of the Lord.” – The Gathering of Scattered Israel
  74. “A repentant soul is a converted soul, and a converted soul is a repentant soul.” – Repentance and Conversion
  75. “In God’s eternal plan, salvation is an individual matter; exaltation is a family matter.” – Salvation and Exaltation
  76. “[The] proclamation on the family helps us realize that celestial marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other relationship.” – Celestial Marriage
  77. “Our prayers follow patterns and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. He taught us how to pray.” – Lessons from the Lord’s Prayers
  78. “Every Latter-day Saint may merit personal revelation. The invitation to ask, seek, and knock for divine direction exists because God lives and Jesus is the living Christ.” – Ask, Seek, Knock
  79. “Our inborn yearnings for family connections are fulfilled when we are linked to our ancestors through sacred ordinances of the temple.” – Generations Linked in Love
  80. “Whether full-time missionaries or members, we should all be good examples of the believers in Jesus Christ.” – Be Thou an Example of the Believers
  81. “Truth, covenants, and ordinances enable us to overcome fear and face the future with faith!” – Face the Future with Faith
  82. “When we realize that we are children of the covenant, we know who we are and what God expects of us.” – Covenants
  83. “How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to Him.” – Thanks Be to God
  84. “All missionaries, younger and older, serve with the sole hope of making life better for other people.” – Ask the Missionaries! They Can Help You!
  85. “I thank God and His Son, Jesus Christ, for the Restoration and its power to propel a magnificent wave of truth and righteousness across the earth.” – Catch the Wave
  86. “The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity.” – Decisions for Eternity
  87. “Day after day, on your path toward your eternal destiny, increase your faith. Proclaim your faith! Let your faith show!” – Let Your Faith Show
  88. “When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives.” – Joy and Spiritual Survival
  89. “When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.” – The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?
  90. “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.” – Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives
  91. “Jesus Christ directed us to call the Church by His name because it is His Church, filled with His power.” – The Correct Name of the Church
  92. “Our Father knows that when we are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, what will help us the very most is to hear His Son.” – Hear Him
  93. “Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life?” – Let God Prevail
  94. “Start today to increase your faith. Through your faith, Jesus Christ will increase your ability to move the mountains in your life, even though your personal challenges may loom as large as Mount Everest.” – Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains
  95. “It is now time that we each implement extraordinary measures—perhaps measures we have never taken before—to strengthen our personal spiritual foundations. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.” – The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation
  96. “We have never needed positive spiritual momentum more than we do now, to counteract the speed with which evil and the darker signs of the times are intensifying. Positive spiritual momentum will keep us moving forward amid the fear and uncertainty created by pandemics, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and armed hostilities. Spiritual momentum can help us withstand the relentless, wicked attacks of the adversary and thwart his efforts to erode our personal spiritual foundation.” – The Power of Spiritual Momentum
  97. “Find rest from the intensity, uncertainty, and anguish of this world by overcoming the world through your covenants with God.” – Overcome the World and Find Rest
  98. “You have your agency to choose contention or reconciliation. I urge you to choose to be a peacemaker, now and always.” – Peacemakers Needed
  99. “Whatever questions or problems you have, the answer is always found in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.” – The Answer Is Always Jesus Christ

Did your favorite quote from President Nelson make the list?

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