Sister Wendy Nelson on Being an Apostle’s Wife and the Power of Keeping Covenants

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This article was originally published by LDS Living. The following is an excerpt. 

We recently talked with Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, beloved wife of President Russell M. Nelson. She shared with us her thoughts on being an apostle’s wife and an author, as well as her passion for temple work and sharing the gospel.

What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned as the wife of an apostle?

I have learned over and over again that this really IS the Lord’s church—that He really is at the helm. Jesus Christ is guiding what is happening in His church. Right now. So I’ve learned that this really is The Church of Jesus Christ.

I also learned that these are truly the latter days. When I was a little girl attending Primary in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, I was taught that in the last days before the Second Coming of the Savior, the 12 tribes of Israel would be gathered.

On June 15, 2013, my husband and I woke up in Moscow, Russia, and ended the day in Yeravan, Armenia. That morning, I was privileged to gather with our wonderful Russian sisters for a sisters’ meeting. When I asked our sisters to stand as the name of the tribe of Israel as declared in their patriarchal blessing was announced, we were all surprised and overwhelmed to realize that 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel were represented in that little gathering of less than 100 women!

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