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“A Call to Enlist and Gather Israel,” New Era, Mar. 2019, 24–25.

President Russell M. Nelson Devotional Event Photography

On June 3, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy W. Nelson, invited the youth to “enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord” and take part in “the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth.”

And what is the greatest challenge?

The gathering of Israel.

“My dear extraordinary youth, you were sent to earth at this precise time, the most crucial time in the history of the world, to help gather Israel,” the prophet said. “There is nothing happening on this earth right now that is more important than that. There is nothing of greater consequence. Absolutely nothing. This gathering should mean everything to you. This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”


Sister Nelson spoke about understanding and fulfilling our individual roles in this great work and reminded us that we choose whether or not we fulfill our mortal missions.

“No one will make us,” she said. “We have our agency to choose how we spend our time and energy, our talents and resources. In fact, what we choose to do is actually part of our testing. The choice is yours and mine. Will we choose to do whatever it takes to fulfill the wonderful missions for which we were sent to earth?”

So, President Nelson asked, “Are you willing to enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel?”

In preparation for the wonderful mission, President Nelson invited the youth to do five things that will “change you and help you change the world.”

  1. Hold a seven-day fast from social media.

  2. For three weeks, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.

  3. Keep on the covenant path. If you have wandered off, immediately get on the road of repentance.

  4. Pray daily for all to receive the blessings of the gospel.

  5. Stand out. Be a light. Set the standard. Give away one copy of For the Strength of Youth.

As the prophet himself said: “You are among the best the Lord has ever sent to this world. You have the capacity to be smarter and wiser and have more impact on the world than any previous generation!”

Sours: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/2019/03/president-and-sister-nelsons-devotional-for-youth/a-call-to-enlist-and-gather-israel?lang=eng

Worldwide Youth Devotional

President Russell M. Nelson Devotional Event Photography

On June 3, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy W. Nelson, invited all the youth in the Church to “enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord” and take part in “the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth.”

That challenge is the gathering of Israel.

Are you ready to join and do your part?

“There is nothing of greater consequence,” President Nelson said. “Absolutely nothing. This gathering should mean everything to you. This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”

What exactly is the gathering? “Anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel. It is as simple as that.”

You can read all of President and Sister Nelson’s talks in the “Hope of Israel” booklet, or go online to hopeofisrael.lds.org to read or watch their devotional. Check back on youth.lds.org and in the New Era to read more about how you can enlist in the battalion of youth.

President Russell M. Nelson Devotional Event Photography

I learned a lot in this devotional! I know that following the counsel of the prophet will help us grow spiritually and reach our greatest potential as sons and daughters of God.

Zyrah Z., Camarines Sur, Philippines

Being out on my mission here in Brazil, I was able to watch a small part of the devotional with a recently baptized family. The next day when we passed by, they absolutely loved it and want to do everything to get to the temple. Thank you so much, President Nelson!

Elder Brock B., Utah, USA

This was so comforting to hear. I’m grateful to know that even though it might not be as easy as saying 1, 2, 3, we, as youth, can be a part of the Lord’s latter-day army.

Rachel H., Virginia, USA

I loved listening to President Nelson and am excited for the Lord’s youth battalion to gather Israel. This week, I gave more of my time to the Lord. I went to the temple a couple of times and learned how to index and find family names!

Andrew B., Utah, USA

I loved this devotional. I’ve spent all day watching it over again, thinking about it, and studying For the Strength of Youth. I want to be part of the Lord’s youth battalion!

Elizabeth B., Utah, USA

There’s a young man I’ve always wanted to share the gospel with, but I was afraid. After hearing President Nelson’s words, I shared For the Strength of Youth with him. His reaction surprised me. He gladly accepted it and thanked me for it. I’m so glad I listened to the prophet and followed the Spirit.

Lindsay M., Alaska, USA

Sours: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/2018/08/worldwide-youth-devotional?lang=eng
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Worldwide Devotional for Youth: Messages from President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson

Anonymous User2 years agoUnknown Location
I have used this in my talk in sacrament meeting, it was grate. thank you brother and sister Nelson
Isabelle W3 years agoUnknown Location
this is so inspiring to listen to!!!!
Anonymous User3 years agoUnknown LocationDavid D3 years agoIdaho, United States
Wow, that's cool, saving money for my mission now, Gona keep saving as well.
Mollie H3 years agoColorado, United States
I loved it and I'm joining the youth battalion
Katrina L3 years agoArizona, United States
I just watched this devotional today for the first time. It was an answer to my prayers. Thank you
Azzieb3 years agoTasmania, Australia
i have learnt so much while i have prepared for the talk i have studied this topic so much - Aaron Buckley (im the anonymous user from Tasmania Australia
Anonymous User3 years agoTasmania, Australia
I have to give a talk so I’ve been studying the topic and found it very interesting
Joseph3 years agoFlorida, United States
Thank i will be giving a talk in sacrament meeting today on this address and i just wanted you to know that i am very thankful that you President and Sister Nelson took the time to share this with us Thank you
Jomarie J3 years agoNueva Ecija, Philippines
Thank you president and sister nelson.
Anonymous User3 years agoOyo, Nigeria
Thanks to president Nelson for that wonderful challenge. We thee o God for a prophet
Anonymous User3 years agoNegros Occidental, Philippines
thank you for the challenge Prophet Nelson I and my friends have really learned something new without using any social media and because of your challenge,We now spent most of our time reading the Scriptures and sharing the Gospel with others so that we can train ourselves to be a future missionary someday. Thank you Prophet Nelson. From:Calumangan Ward,Bago Stake Philippines
Leobert S3 years agoLeyte, Philippines
thanks prophet nelson and i love u god bless
James P3 years agoUtah, United States
The new song "Our prayer to thee" was so amazing I loved it same with the other two songs.
Paul C3 years agoArizona, United States
I really enjoyed president Nealson’s counsel to take a break from Socail Media. I found that as as took his counsel into account, I found that I felt different and wanted to extend my socail media fast to one month and see how it went. I find that i am still using socail media but I feel happier and more of a light than if I am always on Socail Media.

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Sours: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/broadcasts/face-to-face/nelson
Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 2018

Free LDS Youth Battalion Printable Handout

Use this free LDS Youth Battalion printable handouts to help the youth learn and remember the 5 things they can do to help gather Israel! 

LDS youth battalion printable handout | www.TeepeeGirl.com

Did you hear President Nelson’s epic youth devotional about the how the youth can help gather Israel?

My husband went with some of the kids in our ward. When he came home, he said “Chrissy, you gotta make some printables.” I about fell out of my chair.

Now don’t get me wrong. My husband is very supportive of what I do. But he’s not into printables like I am. 🙂 So when he told me I was going to need to make a few printables featuring President and Sister Nelson’s talks, I knew that I had missed something awesome.

So first thing this morning (after I got my kiddos to school, and yes, my kids are still in school…crazy) I turned on youth devotional. You guys, it is amazing! Truly inspirational.

Even though President and Sister’s remarks were said to the youth, I felt like it was something that I needed to hear just as much. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think about the gathering of Israel all that much. Okay, more honestly…I can’t remember the last time I thought about my role in the gathering of Israel.  Maybe in my seminary days? (We won’t even start on how long ago that was, ahem.)

But President Nelson’s words are going to change how I think about the gathering of Israel. Quoting lds.org:

What is this gathering? President Nelson explained that anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel.

“There is nothing of greater consequence. Absolutely nothing,” he said. “This gathering should mean everything to you. This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”

And then…

President Nelson invited all the youth “to enlist in the Lord’s youth battalion to gather Israel.”

This part gave me goose bumps. Or goose pimples, however you say it.

President Nelson listed 5 things that the youth can do to help gather Israel:

  • Participate in a 7-day social media fast. <–So needed in today’s “social” world. He said that we should take a “break from the fake.”
  • For 3 weeks, we should sacrifice time for the Lord. This means that we sacrifice time doing what we enjoy for something that helps gather Israel.
  • Keep on the covenant path. President Nelson encouraged us to take a self-assessment and repent where necessary.
  • Pray daily for all to receive the blessings of the gospel. <–This is something that I have never thought of doing (but probably should have). President Nelson has been praying for the people of China daily for 40 years!! That is…amazing, impressive, mind-blowing..insert any word that means exceptionally awesome. So yes, call me inspired.
  • Stand out. Be different. Be a light.

LDS youth battalion printable handout | www.TeepeeGirl.com

But here’s the thing. Even though we loved this devotional, if we don’t have a reminder about all 5 of these mandates/suggestions/calls to action from President Nelson, we’ll forget. So we need a printable. 😉 Just something to help us remember what we can do to help gather Israel.

So here you go. ☺ There’s a lovely Young Women handout that matches all the Young Women printables on this site. And there’s a printable for the Young Men. Or the girls who don’t like watercolor flowers (what?! I know it’s hardly conceivable but I hear it happens from time to time. ;))

LDS youth battalion printable handout | www.TeepeeGirl.com

How can you use this free Youth Battalion printable handout?

  • Use it as a bookmark or lesson handout as you teach the youth in your ward
  • Print it out for your teenagers (or for you…which is what I’m doing) to remind them of the importance of doing our part in the gathering of Israel
  • Share it with the sisters you minister to
  • Put it in a frame or hang it on the fridge as a constant reminder of our purpose and mission
  • Share it on social media
  • Use it at girls camp, youth conference, or any other youth activity as a way to reinforce President Nelson’s call

So download and print or pin it today! 

Sours: https://www.ministeringprintables.com/youth-battalion/

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Call to Action: Profound Ways President Nelson Has Challenged the Youth This Year

Out of all of the things President Russell M. Nelson is known for, his love for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could be considered high on the list. In fact, the prophet hasn’t been shy about challenging the youth of the Church at every opportunity. He has even made enlisting the youth high priority.

President Nelson explained that sense of urgency he feels when it comes to challenging the youth in a worldwide devotional to the youth on June 3, 2018:

“Think of this, my dear young brothers and sisters, right now I am preparing for the day when I will be required to give an accounting to the Prophet Joseph Smith, to President Brigham Young, and others—and ultimately to the Lord—about my stewardship as God’s prophet upon the earth today. I do not want to be asked, “Brother Nelson, why were you not more clear with the youth about their part in gathering Israel? Why were you not more bold in enlisting them to participate?”

In that historic gathering, President Nelson invited every young woman and every young man in the Church to enlist in the "youth battalion of the Lord" and to take part in what he calls “the greatest challenge, the greatest cause and the greatest work on earth."

Here are just some of the ways President Nelson has challenged the youth over the last year.  

President Russell M. Nelson greets youth prior to speaking at a devotional held in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, November 18, 2018. Photo by INTELLECTUAL RESERVE

Speaking at the youth devotional the night before the Rome Italy Temple dedication, President Nelson offered insights he hoped the youth would embrace.  

First, the prophet shared five things to know:

  1. Know the truth and stand for it: “As the world grows more and more secular and less spiritual, your growth should be more and more spiritual and less secular. Strive to stand for principle instead for popularity.”
  2. Know and see yourself as the Creator sees you: “You are created in His image—male and female. You are divinely created. . . . Take care of your body.”
  3. Know you are accountable for your deeds and for your desires.
  4. Know your true identity: “You are the seed of Abraham, the seed of Isaac, the seed of Jacob.”
  5. Know your purpose: “You were sent to earth for a reason. Find out what that is. . . . Apply your knowledge to the benefit and blessing of other people."

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Next, President Nelson shared five things to do:

  1. Prepare for marriage: “Prepare continually to be a wife or a husband. Prepare now to be a mother or a father.” If marriage doesn’t come immediately, “increase your education, your experience, and your emulation of the Lord so you become more desirable with each passing year.”
  2. Prepare and pursue an education and higher learning: “Education is a religious responsibility.”
  3. Feast on the words of the Lord: “It doesn’t matter what your career is or what your circumstances may be. . . . If you will read the scriptures daily, you will have spiritual life insurance.” He also instructed them to pray unceasingly. “Constantly consult the Lord.”
  4. Pay your tithing: “You learn to pay your tithing when you are young.”
  5. Honor your parents: “Learn from them. Learn from your grandparents.”
Youth sing during a devotional with President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

5 Study Topics To Spiritually Prepare to Attend the Temple 

Hours before the dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple, the prophetreinforced his invitationto young people to enlist in the youth battalion and gather Israel.

“You are beloved youth of the noble birthright,”President Nelson said during the Oct. 27th devotional. “I believe in you. I trust you. I love you. And I bless you with all that God knows that you need.”

President Nelson spoke of the blessings of the temple and how youth can prepare for the eternal blessings that await them. He emphasized that anyone may enter the temple if they are willing to prepare for it. 

“You as wonderful youth are especially welcome and wanted in the temple,” he added.

President Nelson invited all youth to prepare spiritually for the temple by studying five topics in the Bible dictionary:

  1. Anoint 
  2. Atonement 
  3. Covenant 
  4. Sacrifices 
  5. Temple

“Keeping a covenant with God is both protective and empowering,” President Nelson said. “When we choose to deny ourselves of all ungodliness, we lose nothing of value and gain glory known only to those who obtain eternal life. It is the kind of life that God lives. It is truly well worth your effort.”
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Learn How to Receive Personal Revelation

During the worldwide devotional in June, President Nelson challenged the youth to emulate the teenaged Joseph Smith by taking their concerns and questions directly to Heavenly Father in prayer.

“Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you," he said. "You can learn for yourself—right now at your age—how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!”

President Nelson promised the youth that they will be guided in their life and reap the rewards of personal revelation if they will do the spiritual work necessary.

“I promise you—not the person sitting next to you, but you—that, wherever you are in the world, 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. You will be given answers to your questions in the Lord’s own way and in His own time.”

 Youth gather at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, to hear President Russell M. Nelson on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Photo from ChurchofJesusChrist.org

President Nelson taught the youth that offering the gospel of Jesus Christ to others is the most important work on the earth today and that the youth play a vital role in the gathering of Israel. 

There is nothing happening on this earth right now that is more important than [the gathering of Israel.] There is nothing of greater consequence. Absolutely nothing. ....This gathering should mean everything to you. This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”

Reading the Book of Mormon daily, said the prophet, is central to the gathering of Israel because it will teach youth the doctrine. He said, “You will learn the doctrine of the gathering, truths about Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and the fulness of His gospel not found in the Bible. . . . In fact, if there were no Book of Mormon, the promised gathering of Israel would not occur."

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President Nelson gave five specific calls to action that will help the youth not only change the world for the better but change themselves as well.

  1. Take a break from the negative influence of social media.
  2. Make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.
  3. Keep on the covenant path. If you are off, repent and get back on the path.
  4. Pray daily that all of God’s children might receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  5. Stand out. Be different. Be a light. Give to a friend one copy of the booklet For the Strength of Youth.

President Nelson shared how he has been blessed throughout his life by choosing to follow the prophet no matter what the counsel and no matter what the cost. He testified that when we do, we will be blessed, too.

“It is my testimony that when we follow through with whatever the prophet of God asks us to do, the way will be opened and lives will be changed," he said.

President Russell M. Nelson meets with youth in the Rome Temple Visitors' Center prior to a youth devotional in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.
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Sours: https://www.ldsliving.com/call-to-action-profound-ways-president-nelson-has-challenged-the-youth-this-year/s/90461
Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 2018

Join the Battalion, Help Gather Israel

President Nelson 2018 Youth Devotional

As they enlist in the Lord’s battalion and help gather Israel, youth of the Church have the opportunity to be “part of something big, something grand, something majestic,” President Russell M. Nelson said during a special worldwide youth devotional on June 3, 2018.

“You were sent to earth at this precise time, the most crucial time in the history of the world, to help gather Israel,” President Nelson said. “There is nothing happening on this earth right now that is more important than that. … This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”

And so, he said, “I am inviting every young woman and every young man between the ages of 12 and 18 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel.”

Speaking with what he called boldness and clarity, he suggested five specific things for youth to do to change themselves and change the world:

  1. Disengage from a constant reliance on social media. He encouraged a seven-day fast from social media.

  2. Sacrifice some time to the Lord. “For three weeks give up something you like to do and use that time to help gather Israel,” he said.

  3. Do a thorough life assessment with the Lord. He encouraged those who have wandered off the gospel path or who need to repent to “please come back through true repentance, now.”

  4. Pray daily that all of God’s children might receive the gospel. “You can be part of the power behind [the] gathering,” he said.

  5. Be a light to the world. “The Lord needs you to look like, sound like, act like, and dress like a true disciple of Jesus Christ,” he said.

President Nelson also encouraged youth to study and to share the values in For the Strength of Youth.

President Nelson 2018 Youth Devotional

President Nelson’s wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, also spoke at the devotional. “It’s time to stop comparing ourselves with others,” she said. “… The truth is that we are not as hopelessly flawed as we may think, and others are not as perfect as they may appear—all except, of course, our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

The only thing that really matters, she said, is that individuals do what they have covenanted with their Heavenly Father to do.

Sours: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2018/07/join-the-battalion-help-gather-israel?lang=eng

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