Mormon president Russell M. Nelson in Glendale to give speech to 68K members

Russell M. Nelson, Wendy Nelson
Posted at 4:00 PM, Feb 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 00:33:31-05

GLENDALE, AZ — Mormon President Russell M. Nelson delivered a devotional speech to 68,000 Mormons Sunday at the stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release that Nelson was set to speak about the importance of spreading love everywhere in the event at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

"Our responsibility as disciples of Jesus Christ is to help people to love one another," said Nelson. "You don't have to hate your enemies. We would like to spend our time building bridges of cooperation rather than walls of separation."

The 94-year-old Nelson just finished his first year as the faith's president. He inherited the top post of the Utah-based faith with 16 million members worldwide after the previous president died in January 2018.

Arizona is a major hub for members of the faith with 428,000 members and six temples. Nelson delivered a speech to 49,000 people in Seattle last year.

"For an opportunity to see your prophet in person and receive guidance is huge for our family," said San Tan resident Justin Reed, who brought his family.

He has traveled to 15 countries including China, India and Chile since becoming president.