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June 3, 2018

Worldwide Devotional for Youth: Messages from President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson

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President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, spoke at a worldwide devotional for youth on Sunday, June 3, 2018. The broadcast originated in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Paul C 5 days ago Arizona, United States
I really enjoyed president Nealson’s counsel to take a break from Socail Media. I found that as as took his counsel into account, I found that I felt different and wanted to extend my socail media fast to one month and see how it went. I find that i am still using socail media but I feel happier and more of a light than if I am always on Socail Media.
Cumorah S 6 days ago Idaho, United States
Thank you President Nelson for being so clear and distinct about what the youth need to do and why we are needed. So many confusing messages are in line that distort why we came to earth and what we were sent here to do. These messages cleared my confusion and made sharing the Gospel a thrilling mission to complete, rather then a burden. As I have worked towards completing the 5 challenges, especially the social media challenge, I have found more motivation, increasing my creativity and imagination, participated in healthy communication and activities, and been able to take a brake from fake. I have made a goal for myself to continue these challenges throughout my life. (Except, rather then a social media fast, I will use social media for the reason it was created, not for the reason of being fake.) I have found a determination to come closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that is why I am continuing these challenges.
Tess C 6 days ago Tennessee, United States
President & Sister Nelson, thank you so much for this wonderful devotional. It filled me with joy and inspiration and made me excited to become a better disciple and participate in the Lord's work to gather Israel.
Thomas L 6 days ago California, United States
I really like the 5 commitments that will help us come closer to Christ and to be more committed to the covenant path. My favorite commitment is to be a light to the world and to feel comfortable standing out. President and Sister Nelson, I really appreciate your willingness to speak directly to the youth and to help us learn how to come closer to Christ.
James O 6 days ago Ghana
In first my gratitude goes our precious and everlasting father who is in heaven for granting us this inspired Prophet of our generation. President Nelson I love you, I sustain you. I know is through prophet that the lord reveled his secret. I am much grateful for this counsel from our heavenly father through His prophet. I know He love His children that HE want us to return to Him safely that is why he always guide us through his prophet and servant. I have test this counsel and i am still tasting it. When I first heard this counsel it was not that much easy for me to stay off-line. It became a challenge to me that that but now I have overcome the addiction of social media were I face a lot of obstacles and world challenges but now I have even been able to delete even my facebook account and I feel like am HIS song whom He saw in the premortal life that it was good, I mean, I feel like am among the great and noble ones.
Anonymous User 7 days ago Wyoming, United States
The challenge has been wonderful! I’m so thankful for President Nelson and his wife Wendy :-) I thought I’d share my thoughts while completing the honorable charge they’ve given us. I’ve felt grateful for the opportunity, happier through its execution, and hope from the blessings it’s brought me. Using my phone less has helped me turn it into a tool: useful only when a task is needing done and best left put away otherwise. The second challenge was a bit trickier, but then I realized you can sacrifice time to the Lord in all kinds of ways: praying longer, reading an extra Book of Mormon chapter, and doing family history and temple work:) All while on the strait and narrow! I’ll be helping answer the prayers given in challenge four on my mission to Tucson next month! I started the final challenge by giving a dear friend of mine a for strength of youth and bearing testimony to him how the application of the standards therein have brought me blessings without number. I love this gospel!
Anonymous User 10 days ago Utah, United States
I loved it!!!!
Anonymous User 12 days ago California, United States
I finished the social media fast yesterday. I said I would start last Monday morning but, I got excited and started late Sunday evening. It was nice not having the expectation to see notifications from social media apps(or to be disappointed and see none). This fast helped me realize that social media is great for communication but, it also has the skill to place other people as a priority over Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the gospel. I'm glad I took the fast while I still had a few days of school left because I noticed how much time I actually spend wasting on my social media rather than actually socializing.
Anonymous User 12 days ago Idaho, United States
I have been in an odd spiritual slump for a while now. I became so obsessed in my grades and work that I have been losing focus and precious time. I started to pray often again even if I fell asleep during them at night after long days and listening to my scriptures continually. I almost didn’t go to see this devotional because I was out of town and missed church, but I’m so glad that I went! The beginning song I could feel the spirit to peacefully more than it had for a while and I began to tear up in the first song. I had lost my phone for two weeks and gotten it back the day before the sm fast and went another week. It was so worth it. I am so grateful for the Lord and our church leaders! I am back in my groove with the spirit and I can feel the daily sunshine in my soul. It’s been months and I am so eternally grateful! Thank you President Nelson and Sister Nelson for answering questions and prayers of us all! We love and sustain you!
Anonymous User 12 days ago Utah, United States
"The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." (D&C 18:10) God is God, and thus His love and time for us is infinite and everlasting. We are the children of a supreme, all-powerful being - and He loves all of us with all of His heart, unconditionally. All He asks is that we reach out to Him and turn to Him with true intent and He will dry our tears, "whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same," through His Spirit and/or through the Christ-like love of others. All He cares is that you try. And by reaching out on here, you are trying and turning to Him with real intent. You have enough faith to reach out, and Jesus is thankful for it (3 Nephi 19:28). You are doing better than you think. So I hope that your prayers are answered, and that each of us try our best to be in the Youth Battalion. And even if we're not there yet, that's okay, just keep trying, keep holding on to whatever seed of faith you have.
Anabel J 13 days ago Utah, United States
I did the 7-day social media fast this week. I think that this is a good fast to use for the future. Whenever I spend to much time on social media, I can do a 7-day social media fast. I read and highlighted my "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet and I'm glad that I read it again, because it reinforced my standards. I am looking forward to studying the pamphlet with someone else, and giving one away, having a life assessment, dedicating my time to the Lord for three weeks, praying daily that "the doors of every nation will be opened to the gospel of Jesus Christ," and being different from the world. I am thankful for the Prophet's counsel and his wife's counsel. (:
Anonymous User 13 days ago Utah, United States
I did the social media fast as soon as I heard about it! I thought it was going to be impossible for me, but I did it! It really showed me how much time I waste on my social media! I definitely won’t be using my phone as much thanks to the seven day fast. I’m excited to join the youth battalion!
Rachel S 13 days ago Idaho, United States
I have never felt so inspired in the course of my entire life. While this is a worldwide movement, I feel that it's also a personal call. Yes, it IS worth it. I think we find that when we take time to serve God, instead of losing time, we are earning time. It doesn't take away from the other areas of our life, but gives us relief and more time than we ever thought we could have. It makes our burdens lighter, just like Christ promised. The prophet of God has spoken to us, and it is our responsibility to follow him. My taking an active part in his challenge has brought me joy and a desire to do God's will. This IS the restored church and this is our time. I'll do my best to make the most of it.
Laura L 13 days ago Hawaii, United States
Elder Holland said, “... however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.” This is the truth! And how wonderful that we each are loved (no matter what), and can take part in this His work.
AndrewBlaney 13 days ago Utah, United States
I loved listening to President Nelson and am excited for the Lord's youth battalion to gather Israel. I do not, however, use my time on social media. So this week, I gave more of my time to the Lord. I went to the temple a couple of times and learned how to index and find family names. I feel the spirit when I do these things.

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