President Russell M. Nelson tells 65,000 of the faith’s ‘Arizona batallion’ to strengthen themselves and others
GLENDALE, Arizona — Not far from the Mormon Battalion Trail on Sunday night, President Russell M. Nelson spoke to about 65,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Valley of the Sun and called them the faith’s Arizona battalion.
Speaking from a podium set up about 20 yards behind what normally is the south end zone at State Farm Stadium — home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals — the president of the church invited its members, who make up 6 percent of the state’s population, to spiritually strengthen themselves and God’s children everywhere.
President Nelson and President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, and their wives asked church members to live the commandments more exactly and to stand out as “much different” from the modern world. They promised peace, spiritual healing and growth to those who do.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints waves to attendees after speaking at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. President Nelson is accompanied by his wife Wendy and President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the church’s First Presidency, and his wife Kristen.
“To be faithful to our temple covenants means we are willing to be different — much different — from men and women of the world,” President Nelson said. “As covenant keepers, our thoughts, behavior, language, entertainment, fashion, grooming and time on the internet — to name a few things — are to be distinct from patterns and habits considered as normal by the world.”
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