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President Russell M. Nelson opened up the October 2020 General Conference meeting with amazing statistics about the spiritual growth of members due to Come Follow Me, and COVID-19.
Due to the current and ongoing pandemic, General Conference was done completely virtual, as was the case last April. President Nelson reported that last April's General Conference was viewed by more people than any other conference preceding it. Missionaries and members have had to get more resourceful to do missionary work, while other missions have reported a growth in teaching.
"Unusual times can bring unusual rewards" he said.
Because of the pandemic, many members cannot attend church. In a blog article posted earlier this year, we discussed how amazing the Come Follow Me program is in that it prepared for a home centered church study.
That's beauty though of being a part of Church that constantly receives divine revelation from God through his servants the Prophets. At times we may feel like Heavenly Father isn't there, or that the revelations and guidance he gives to the General Authorities are not in line with what we want NOW. But Heavenly IS there and he is listening, and He knows what we need now, but he also knows what we will need in the future.
Because of the Come Follow Me program, and Church being more home centered than it ever has been, President Nelson reported that because of the "increased gospel study" in the homes that there been an increase in testimony and family relationships. One mother wrote:
"We feel much closer to our children and grandchildren, now that we gather on Zoom every Sunday. Each takes a turn giving their thoughts on Come Follow Me. Prayers for our family members have changed because we now better understand what they need."