Dear President Nelson,
I can’t imagine how you must be feeling right now. You’ve been asked to fill some big shoes and I’m sure that in the coming days, weeks, and months that you’ll be under an immense amount of pressure. This may or may not help, but I just wanted you to know that I sustain you with all my heart.
Speaking of hearts… it’s interesting that you’ve been called to serve as the prophet of the church at this time. Your entire life has revolved around fixing other people’s hearts. Literally. You performed the first successful cardiac operation in Utah and are known around the world as being one of the most important pioneers in the field of cardiology. You repaired a bad heart valve and saved the life of previous prophet and president of the church, Spencer W. Kimball. You know hearts… maybe better than anyone on this earth. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I don’t think so for a minute. Consider the symbolism and imagery involved as we live in a day in which the Lord states that “the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them.” You just happen to find yourself positioned in these last days to help repair those spiritually broken hearts through your teachings, testimony, and love of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
You have been saving lives, spreading the good news, and holding up your brothers and sisters for longer than most of us have been alive. I’ll never forget the feeling I had when you came to the aide of a 90 year old Joseph B. Wirthlin as he struggled to stay on his feet during a general conference.
In the not too distant past, you related a story to us about how you had been on a plane in which the engine had caught on fire, and you had begun to plummet toward the earth. You mentioned how sad you felt for a lady that was near you who was hysterical about the whole situation. As you described your plummet toward the ground…you talked about how you felt completely at peace.
That sort of composure, confidence, and humility is what each of us need in the church as we prepare for the Savior’s return. The world is like that plane, in flames, moving speedily toward destruction and it needs a spiritual cardiologist to offer calm and collected advice to those that are on that plane. There are many members of the church on that plane as well. People are struggling. Fear and confusion is everywhere, and hearts are failing. They need the Holy Ghost to “operate” on them and you will be just the man to help facilitate that operation.
I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, but I want you to know that I honor and sustain you. I don’t care what all the critics say about you or the apostles or the church. I don’t care if people lift their voice in opposition to you during the next Saturday afternoon session of general conference. I don’t care what memes come out that seek to discredit you. It doesn’t matter. My heart and soul will sustain you as a good man, and as the president of God’s true and living church. I’m pretty sure that I won’t be the only one that feels that way.
At a recent stake conference, Elder K. Brett Natress quoted you when you said “I read my scriptures to my children every day so that when my children would read the scriptures on their own… they would hear my voice reading the scriptures to them.” Now you are the Lord’s mouthpiece on earth… and I’m excited to hear your voice represent God as we prepare to usher in the return of the Savior in these most challenging and exciting of times.