“My third invitation is for you to do a thorough life assessment with the Lord to ensure that your feet are firmly planted on the covenant path.”
“Keep on the covenant path” may be becoming a bit of a catchphrase around the Church. It was President Russell M. Nelson’s message to every member of the Church during his first address as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It was also one of his messages to the youth.
On June 3, 2018, President Nelson invited every single youth in the Church to “enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel.” (Watch or read the entire broadcast.)
To help you prepare for this final gathering, the prophet then asked you to do five things that would help change you and change the world.
- Hold a seven-day fast from social media. Take a break from the fake!
- For three weeks, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.
- Keep on the covenant path. If you are off, repent and get back on the path.
- Daily pray that the doors of all nations will be opened for the preaching of the gospel.
- Be a light. Set the standard. Give away one copy of For the Strength of Youth.
“My third invitation is for you to do a thorough life assessment with the Lord, and perhaps with your parents and your bishop, to ensure that your feet are firmly planted on the covenant path,” President Nelson said. “If you have wandered off, or if there are some things you need to let go of to help your mind and heart be more pure, today is the perfect time to change.”
Your Life Assessment
So how can you know if you’re firmly planted on the covenant path? How can you know what you need to change or let go of to be more pure and more centered on the path back to Heavenly Father?
“Wherever you are on the covenant path—even if, at this moment, you are not centered on the path—I promise you that if you will sincerely and persistently do the spiritual work needed to develop the crucial spiritual skill of learning how to hear the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, you will have all the direction you will ever need in your life.”
Chances are, there is or will be something you will need to change. The good news is that repentance is a big part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us.
We Need You!
“If you aren’t sure how to repent, talk with your bishop or your parents or both,” President Nelson said. “They will help you understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. They will help you experience the joy that true repentance always brings.” (Watch “Repentance: A Joyful Choice.”)
And don’t put off repentance! Amulek taught that now is the time “to prepare to meet God” (Alma 34:32), and President Nelson taught that now is the time to play your part in the gathering of Israel.
“Please do not stay off the covenant path one more minute,” he said. “Please come back through true repentance, now. We need you with us in this youth battalion of the Lord. It just won’t be the same without you!”
Share Your Experience
What questions do you ask yourself and the Lord to help you know how you can keep on the path? Share your experience below.