According to Elder Quentin L.
Cook, “President Russell M. Nelson has been a commissioned agent of the Lord especially
with respect to revelations to” accomplish the following. Elder Cook categorized
Further comments from Elder Cook about these and other prophetic revelations follow, as given in conference:
When important changes to bless our
homes were announced at the October 2018 general conference, I testified “that
in the deliberations of the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles in the temple, … after our beloved prophet petitioned the Lord
for revelation … , a powerful confirmation was received by all.”
At that time, other revelations
relating to sacred temple ordinances had been received but not announced or
This guidance commenced with
individual prophetic revelation to President Russell M. Nelson and tender and
powerful confirmation to those participating in the process. President Nelson
specifically involved the sisters who preside over the Relief Society, Young
Women, and Primary organizations. The final guidance, in the temple, to the
First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was profoundly spiritual and
powerful. We each knew we had received the mind, will, and voice of the Lord.
[Note:] This process and the
meetings held occurred in the Salt Lake Temple in January, February, March, and
April 2018. The final revelation to the First Presidency and the Quorum of the
Twelve was on April 26, 2018.
I declare with all solemnity that
continuous revelation has been received and is being received through channels
the Lord has established. (Quentin L. Cook, “The
Blessing of Continuing Revelation to Prophets and Personal Revelation to Guide
As leaders have sought revelation,
the guidance received over the past few years is to strengthen the sacrament
meeting, honor the Sabbath day, and encourage and assist parents and individuals
to make their homes a source of spiritual strength and increased faith—a place
of joy and happiness.
President Russell M. Nelson’s statements about the Lord’s revelations through him:
“Our plans were to announce six new temples at conference time,” said President Nelson. “The Lord told me on the eve of conference: ‘Announce a temple in India.’ … That was the Lord's doing.” (from Church News story)
The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will. In recent weeks, various Church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so. Additional information about this important matter will be made available in the coming months. (official newsroom statement)
Nearly every night, some messages come. And I write them down on a piece of paper in the dark so I don’t wake Wendy. The challenge is trying to read them in the morning! But I write enough to trigger a memory of the instruction that I had received. (talk given at a stake in California, was reported in Deseret News)
When I pray about you and ask
the Lord how He feels about you, I feel something far different from what the
researchers say. Spiritual impressions I’ve received about you lead me to
believe that the term Millennial may actually be perfect for you. But for a
much different reason than the experts may ever understand. . . .
We sustain 15 men who are
ordained as prophets, seers, and revelators. When a thorny problem arises—and
they only seem to get thornier each day—these 15 men wrestle with the issue,
trying to see all the ramifications of various courses of action, and they
diligently seek to hear the voice of the Lord. After fasting, praying,
studying, pondering, and counseling with my Brethren about weighty matters, it
is not unusual for me to be awakened during the night with further impressions
about issues with which we are concerned. And my Brethren have the same
Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counsel together and share all the
Lord has directed us to understand and to feel individually and collectively.
And then we watch the Lord move upon the President of the Church to proclaim
the Lord’s will.
prophetic process was followed in 2012 with the change in minimum age for
missionaries and again with the recent additions to the Church’s handbook,
consequent to the legalization of same-sex marriage in some countries. Filled
with compassion for all, and especially for the children, we wrestled at length
to understand the Lord’s will in this matter. Ever mindful of God’s plan of
salvation and of His hope for eternal life for each of His children, we
considered countless permutations and combinations of possible scenarios that
could arise. We met repeatedly in the temple in fasting and prayer and sought
further direction and inspiration. And then, when the Lord inspired His
prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to declare the mind of the Lord and the
will of the Lord, each of us during that sacred moment felt a spiritual
confirmation. It was our privilege as Apostles to sustain what had been
revealed to President Monson. (From talk, Becoming
Elder Cook’s comments on the revelation on the priesthood:
We are incredibly grateful for the
revelation to President Spencer W. Kimball extending priesthood and temple
blessings to all worthy male members of the Church in June 1978.
[Note 10]: See Official Declaration
2; see also 2 Nephi 26:33. The revelation implemented doctrine set forth in the
Book of Mormon that “all are alike unto God,” including “black and white, bond
and free, male and female” (2 Nephi 26:33). This remarkable revelation was
received and confirmed in the sacred upper room of the Salt Lake Temple by the
Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
I have served with many of the
Twelve who were present and participated when that precious revelation was
received. Each of them, in personal conversations, confirmed the powerful and uniting
spiritual guidance President Kimball and they had experienced. Many said it was
the most powerful revelation they had received before or after that time.
[Note 11]: Many of the Apostles indicated that the
revelation was so powerful and so sacred that any words used to describe it
would be insufficient and, in some ways, would diminish the deep and powerful
nature of the revelation.