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President Nelson’s pandemic ministry

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President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waves to attendees after the Sunday morning session of the 191st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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This week, The Wall Street Journal published a report explaining how the the COVID-19 pandemic is closing in on claiming 1 million American lives.

As the omicron variant continues to surge in some areas and other variants appear ready to emerge, it’s a good time to revisit the pandemic ministry of President Russell M. Nelson through this summary of 22 times he has lifted, comforted and counseled while providing leadership during the pandemic.

In a video issued two months ago that recalled previous messages for people to rivet their focus on Jesus Christ, he encouraged Latter-day Saints to offer acts of pure love “to the lonely, the worn down and the weary.”

“I invite you to make room in your heart for those around you who may be struggling to see the light of the Savior and to feel his love,” President Nelson said.

“We like to share the light of Jesus Christ when so many around us are burdened with fear and uncertainty,” he added, noting that Jesus “was born to cast out all fear and bring everlasting light and joy to all that follow him.”

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