President Nelson is having a birthday celebration! Anyone can join in online on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Utah time, available afterwards on the website anytime. The program will be rebroadcast in seven languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Mandarin and ASL. Artists are taking care of the entertainment (Donny Osmond, The Bonner Family, Nathan Pacheco, Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, GENTRI and of course the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square). Maybe your family would like to watch it together and enjoy birthday cupcakes in your own home!
But what about presents? What would Pres. Nelson like for his 95th birthday? I think the greatest present we can give him is to do what he asks. In his closing remarks in the last General Conference, President Nelson said: “Despite contention all around us, one’s home can become a heavenly place, where study, prayer, and faith can be merged with love. We can truly become disciples of the Lord, standing up and speaking up for Him wherever we are” (April 2019).
In Pres. Nelson’s words, I hear three specific requests:
- Children consciously choosing to avoid fighting (Pres. Nelson called it “contention”).
- Children energetically joining in family scripture study and prayer.
- Children standing up and speaking up for Him wherever we are.
How will Pres. Nelson know? He’ll know. He’s a prophet.
Or if you like, you could send a letter, poem, drawing or photo to the FRIEND magazine (instructions here).
Children can give Pres. Nelson the gift of following his counsel. I think that’s the best birthday present he could receive.