Good article from CNN on the Church revelatory process

The CNN religion editor wrote a surprisingly good article that was released today on President Nelson’s process of revelation. Some key excerpts:

When the messages come during the dark of night, Russell M. Nelson reaches for his lighted pen and takes dictation from the Lord.
“OK dear, it’s happening,” the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells his wife, Wendy Nelson. 
“I just remain quiet and soon he’s sitting up at the side of the bed, writing,” she said in a recent church video. 
Sometimes the spirit prompts the prophet’s wife to leave the bed, though she’d rather sleep. One such morning, Wendy Nelson told Mormon leaders, her husband emerged from the bedroom waving a yellow notebook. 
Russell Nelson has instituted several changes based on revelations since becoming church president in 2018.
“Wendy, you won’t believe what’s been happening for two hours,” she recalled Russell Nelson saying. “The Lord has given me detailed instructions on a process I am to follow.” 
Nelson’s nighttime messages have “increased exponentially,” his wife said, since last year when the 94-year-old took the helm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church. 
“One of the things the Spirit has repeatedly impressed upon my mind since my new calling as President of the Church,” Nelson said, “is how willing the Lord is to reveal His mind and will.” 
Through a spokesman, Nelson declined an interview about his revelations. But more than any Mormon president in recent memory, he speaks openly and often about his divine communications, some of which have significant consequences for the 16.6 million-member church. Last year, Nelson announced that God had told him the church should drop the moniker “Mormon,” a nickname that has stuck since the 1800s.

Check out the entire article here.

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2 thoughts on “Good article from CNN on the Church revelatory process

  1. There has been some crankiness about adjusting to the almost constant flow of revelation. On the other hand, on two different ends of the religious spectrum, the relatively unwieldly 3 hour block of meetings that challenged both the young families who had to find ways to deal with missed nap times and random mealtimes to elderly who just couldn’t sit so long in any degree of comfort, to the amazing freshness of the temple rites, most have felt uplifted. Some predicted the President Nelson would just provide a steady hand on the good ship Gospel when he was first called. But is has shown himself to be high in the rigging with a far view.

  2. 1) The Baby-Boomer generation is retiring. I think that that is somehow coming into play. A hundred thousand or so north-american retirees will soon be available for varying degrees of more service, from a few hours a week, to full time.

    2) These are the last days. The Lord is pouring out His Spirit in greater measure upon all (Joel 2:28), with prophecy, dreams, and visions. The increased measure or pace would naturally include the Prophet.

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