President Nelson Authors Op-Ed for Arizona Republic: “Life with God Is Far Better … Than One without Him”

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor

  • 10 February 2019

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Wendy Nelson, pause with Lillianna Mower after a meeting in Chico, California, on Sunday, January 13, 2019, two months after the Camp Fire destroyed 1,400 homes and hundreds of businesses. President Nelson wrote about the visit in an op-ed published February 10 in the Arizona Republic. Life with God is far better than one without Him, he wrote in the op-ed.  Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

“Whatever your faith tradition or personal circumstances, as a servant of the Lord I invite you to look to Him and make Him the center of your life.” —President Russell M. Nelson

Faith in God is, and has always been, the preeminent force for good in this world, wrote President Russell M. Nelson in an op-ed article published February 10 in the Arizona Republic.

“If there is anything I’ve learned in my 94 years of living, it is that a life with God is far better—more filled with hope—than one without Him.”

In the editorial, titled “Viewpoints: LDS president urges spirituality in an increasingly secular world during Phoenix-area visit,” President Nelson, 94, wrote that the most profound thing he has witnessed during his lifetime is the unrivaled difference that belief in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, has in a person’s life. “There is simply nothing to compare with the refining, ennobling strength and meaning that come into the life of a devoted believer and servant.”

In the op-ed President Nelson wrote about his visit last month to Paradise, California, where he met with and comforted those affected by the Camp Fire, which left 86 dead and destroyed more than 18,000 structures. He also wrote about the recent death of his daughter Wendy Nelson Maxfield to cancer.

“Whatever your faith tradition or personal circumstances, as a servant of the Lord I invite you to look to Him and make Him the center of your life.”

Read the article here.

President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, stand with son in-law Norman A. Maxfield after funeral services for President Nelson’s daughter Wendy Nelson Maxfield on Saturday, January 19. President Nelson wrote about his daughter in an op-ed published February 10 in the Arizona Republic. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson looks over a destroyed LDS chapel with his wife, Wendy Nelson, in Paradise, California, on Sunday, January 13, 2019, two months after the Camp Fire destroyed 1,400 homes and hundreds of businesses. President Nelson wrote about the visit in an op-ed published February 10 in the Arizona Republic. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.