President Nelson discusses the meaning of a true millennial in the first CES devotional of 2016

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President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Wendy W. Nelson, discussed the importance of being a true millennial during the CES fireside on Jan. 10, 2016.

The devotional took place on the Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus.

Sister Nelson’s remarks focused on using technology righteously and drawing near to the Lord. She spoke of the potentially negative effects of social media, especially when social media is being prioritized over spiritual growth. Sister Nelson challenged those listening to pray for the next 30 days, and ask Heavenly Father a question, then study the scriptures until an answer is found.

“Your true self is spectacular,” Sister Nelson said ending her talk. “Never settle for less.”

President Russell M. Nelson spoke on the meaning of a true millennial and gave four recommendations for millennials to prepare themselves to do the Lord’s work.

“A true millennial is one who taught and did teach the gospel of Jesus Christ pre-mortally,” President Nelson said.

Elder Russell M. Nelson addresses what it really means to be a millennial in the first CES fireside of 2016. (Credit to Mormon Newsroom)
Elder Russell M. Nelson addresses what it really means to be a millennial in the first CES fireside of 2016. (Photo courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

President Nelson’s recommendations focused on helping millennials who want to draw closer to the Lord and do His will.

He first encouraged all those listening to focus on learning “who you really are.”

President Nelson encouraged all millennials to ask Heavenly Father with real intent how He feels about who they are. He promised that the Spirit would answer their questions and show them what the Lord wants them to do.

“True millennials know who they really are,” he said.

President Nelson’s second piece of advice encouraged millennials to prepare to accomplish the impossible.

He began by sharing a story about when he was asked to prepare Eastern Europe to receive the gospel. This call came during the Cold War, when it seemed like the request was impossible. Still, President Nelson forged on and did all he could to prepare Eastern Europe for the gospel, and the Lord

“The Lord is able to do His own work,” said President Nelson.

President Nelson’s third recommendation for millennials was to learn how to access the power of heaven. President Nelson encouraged millennials to spend more time in holy places and to listen to the voice of the Lord through the Holy Ghost. “Prayer is the key,” he said.

President Nelson’s last recommendation to millennials was to follow the prophets.

He shared a story of when President Spencer W. Kimball asked him to study Mandarin. At the time, President Nelson did not understand why he was being asked to study the language, but did so trusting in the prophet and the Lord. The blessings and opportunities he received from following the prophet’s council continued for many years.

“The Lord has promised that the prophet will never lead us astray,” said President Nelson.

President Nelson concluded his talk by reminded millennials of God’s love. “You were born to be true millennials,” said President Nelson. “You are a chosen generation.”

President Nelson has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve since 1984. He was set apart as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by President Thomas S. Monson in July 2015.