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What's new: President Nelson shares insight on relying on God to do more in 'Accomplishing the Impossible'

"ACCOMPLISHING THE IMPOSSIBLE: What God Does, What We Can Do," by Russell M. Nelson, Deseret Book, $21.99, 115 pages (nf)

President Russell M. Nelson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April 1984. This life-changing call introduced him to a multitude of experiences confirming his foundational belief that God’s pattern is to use the “unlikely to accomplish the impossible.”

In his book “Accomplishing the Impossible,” President Nelson invites readers to consider how each individual in the kingdom of God can be part of the work necessary for the continued spreading of the gospel and the preparation for the Savior’s second coming. Recognizing that many feel “less than worthy” through personal weakness, President Nelson seeks to encourage all readers to rely more on the Savior as they work to build the kingdom of God.

Breaking his thoughts into two major sections, President Nelson illustrates ways faithful people can expect Heavenly Father to allow them to continue their efforts in preparing for the return of Christ. The first section, “What God Does," guides readers through some of the methods used by a loving Father in building and strengthening his work in the latter days. Focusing on the gifts given to faithful followers, President Nelson reminds readers that in spite of their perceived failings in their own abilities, the Lord can add to their efforts and accomplish miraculous things.

The second part of the book, “What We Can Do,” invites individuals to focus on the things they can do in their personal lives to be faithful to the Lord’s work. Using clear illustrations and personal experiences, the author outlines specific attributes and actions that will encourage the help of God in increasing one’s ability to accomplish more than ever thought possible. While some of the counsel seems simple and obvious, the presentation is a powerful reminder to the simplicity of the ways of God — he will always use “the unlikely to accomplish the impossible.”

President Nelson serves as the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He resides in Utah and formerly worked as a successful heart surgeon.

Mike Whitmer lives in West Valley City, is a student of Christ and can be reached at He blogs at