Pres Nelson seems to use the words Restoration and Revelation interchangeably when it comes to the church. See the two recent quotes below:
“Our message to you tonight is the same as the message we’ve given to others, that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that this is His Church restored in its fullness.” April 22, 2018, Russel Nelson (source)
Then in Oct 2018 six months later we have this from Pres Nelson:
“We’re witnesses to a process of restoration,” said the prophet. “If you think the Church has been fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There is much more to come. … Wait till next year. And then the next year. Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It’s going to be exciting.” (source)
At first they seem to contradict each other. The first quote explicitly states the church is fully restored, while the second quote implies that it is not fully restored, but just beginning to be restored.
But what if the first quote he was talking about the church and all the ordinances needed for exaltation. That makes sense. Now what if the second quote he was talking about continued revelation (see article of faith # 9). That also makes much more senses than a literal reading of that second quote.
But this is problematic, as it stretches the meaning of restoration beyond comprehension. Every definition I’ve found says that it is returning something to the way it once was. When Mormon’s talk about restoration, they mean returning to Christ’s original church, the gospel that he taught.
There is nothing I see in the recent administrative changes he has made that restores anything that was lost. Maybe he is just calling the recent changes a “restoration” to make them sound more importation that they really are. One could argue that they are not revelation ether, but we’ll leave that for another day
What do you think. Did Pres Nelson misspeak? Is he conflating the two words by accident, or on purpose? Or is he just human, and given to hyperbole, and trying to drum up excitement for coming changes?