President Nelson On Closing the Temples: "What would I say to the Prophet Joseph Smith?"

In a new video on the Church News Youtube Channel, President Nelson talks about how painful it was to have to close down the temples during the pandemic, saying:


“I found myself asking, ‘What would I say to the Prophet Joseph Smith? What would I say to Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff and the other presidents, on up to President Thomas S. Monson? I’m going to meet them soon.’ To close the temples would deny all for which all those Brethren gave everything, but we really had no other alternative.”




Because of COVID-19, temples all across the world were shutdown which caused endowments and sealings to be canceled. As the months have passed, the Church has created a plan to start reopening temples so that the important work that is done there can be accomplished. But still, even with the temples starting to reopen, the decision to close them down will be remembered by President Nelson. 

“The purpose of the Church is to bring the blessings of God to His children on both sides of the veil,” he said. “So, only in our temples do we receive the highest blessings that God has in store for His faithful children. So, how difficult was it to make the decision to close the temples? That was painful; it was wracked with worry."


Watch the full video here or below to listen to the voice of the Prophet!