Elder Russell M. Nelson spoke to members of the LDS Church about letting their faith show in their lives at the Saturday afternoon session of the 184th annual General Conference.
Nelson told the story of when he was on a plane and experienced turbulence causing a woman to shout in fear multiple times. He said because faith is the antidote to fear, he wished he could’ve strengthened her faith.
Those in attendance at the session laughed as Elder Nelson explained that the woman’s husband approached him and told him that to comfort her he had said that she needn’t worry, since Elder Nelson was on board.
“One of the realities of mortal life is that our faith will be tested and challenged,” Elder Nelson said.
He went on to explain that when the church leaders speak of faith, they do not speak of faith in general, but of faith in Jesus Christ.
Elder Nelson suggested that members of the church ask themselves if they are securely tied to God so that their faith shows, or if they are tied to something else.
“There is only one in whom your faith is always safe, and that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. And you need to let your faith show,” he said.
He shared an experience of being told by a colleague that he should not mix his professional knowledge with his religious feelings. Elder Nelson said he could not divide the truth he knew.
Nelson said one reason for the problems in the world is that it is populated by imperfect people. He encouraged members to let their faith show and live their religions in today’s world, despite religion being ridiculed by many in society.
“The temptation to be popular may prioritize public opinion above the word of God,” he said. “Evil, error and darkness will never be truth, even if popular.”
Elder Nelson closed by inviting members of the church to let their faith show, even in the face of opposition.
“Day after day, on your path toward your eternal destiny, increase your faith. Proclaim your faith. Let your faith show.”