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President Nelson: Forgive Others ‘Seventy Times Seven’

In a message posted on World Forgiveness Day, President Russell M. Nelson issues an invitation to all

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By Mary Richards, Church News

On World Forgiveness Day, President Russell M. Nelson shared a message of forgiving “seventy times seven.”

In Facebook (below) and Instagram posts in English and Spanish, President Nelson wrote that the Apostle Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive someone who had sinned against him, suggesting seven times. But Jesus responded not seven times, but “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).

“Forgiveness is not just a one-time act but a continuous process that requires patience, compassion, and understanding. It is not always easy to forgive those who have hurt you. You can receive strength from Jesus Christ,” President Nelson said.

President Nelson invited all “to remember the principle of seventy times seven and extend forgiveness to someone who has wronged you.”

And as people do this, Jesus Christ will relieve them of anger, resentment and pain.

“The Prince of Peace will bring you peace,” President Nelson said.

A Video From President Nelson About Forgiveness

On Palm Sunday this year, April 2, President Nelson shared a video with his own story of seeking forgiveness and being forgiven.

By asking for forgiveness of those who crucified Him, the Savior “taught us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and even to pray for those who despitefully use us,” the Prophet said.

In the video, President Nelson asked that individuals think about someone in their life whom they have not forgiven.

“There is nothing easy about forgiving those who have disappointed us, hurt us, cheated us, or spread false rumors about us,” President Nelson said. “However, not forgiving others is poison for us. Grudges weigh us down. Angry disagreements separate us. Animosity and hatred can divide families.”

He testified, “Jesus Christ is risen. He loves you. And because of Him, you can experience the joy and miracle of forgiveness.”

President Nelson: Forgiveness Brings Peace and Spiritual Momentum

In his April 2022 general conference message, President Nelson said, “If forgiveness presently seems impossible, plead for power through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to help you. As you do so, I promise a personal peace and a burst of spiritual momentum” (“The Power of Spiritual Momentum”).

President Russell M. Nelson of the First Presidency was the concluding speaker during the Sunday morning session of general conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 3, 2022. 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Even when contentious feelings appear to be justifiable, he said, the Savior commanded that all individuals should forgive one another.

“I know what I’m suggesting is not easy,” he said. “But followers of Jesus Christ should set the example for all the world to follow.”

President Nelson’s plea was specific and personal for every individual.

“I plead with you to do all you can to end personal conflicts that are currently raging in your hearts and in your lives.”

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