Held via video conferencing three days before his Sept. 9 birthday, a birthday celebration for President Russell M. Nelson included 276 participants in 61 locations — each wishing their father, grandfather and great-grandfather a happy birthday. “You pleaded with the Lord, and suddenly, for just a few minutes, a hole opened up in the dense fog, and your plane took off. White was very musical and in high school took music lessons from Richard P. Condie, who was then the assistant director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. [60] In 1995, Nelson went to Beijing, along with Neal A. Maxwell and other LDS Church leaders, on an official invitation of Li Lanqing, the Vice Premier of China.[61]. [56], In August 2010, Nelson journeyed to the dedication of the Kiev Ukraine Temple. It also adjusted previous policies forbidding adult males to teach classes of children or youth alone to apply to all adults. Together they had ten children: nine daughters—Marsha, Wendy (1951–2019), Gloria, Brenda, Sylvia, Emily (1958–1995), Laurie, Rosalie, and Marjorie—and a son, Russell Jr. (b. At the same conference, Dallin H. Oaks was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. At one point, the team came close enough to the front that they received fire from enemy artillery positions, which missed them. He then moved to the Yale Second Ward still in the Bonneville Stake and was called as a member of the stake high council. [76], In March 2018, the First Presidency issued a letter on preventing and responding to abuse. Their courage and commitment have inspired similar feelings in successive generations. Sister Wendy Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson participate in a virtual birthday celebration. The situation was serious because he needed to fly to another important engagement. In March 1956, he performed the first successful pediatric cardiac operation at the SLGH, a total repair of tetralogy of Fallot in a four-year-old girl. [95], In October 2018, Nelson concluded a 10-day trip to South America by dedicating the Concepcion Chile Temple. [94] In announcing a temple in Nicaragua, Nelson fulfilled an apostolic promise he had made to church members there six years earlier. Sister Nelson said President Nelson is compassionate, resilient and undaunted. [41][4], Nelson was called as an apostle by church president Spencer W. Kimball, to whom he had served as a personal physician for many years. He performed errands for his father's advertising company at the … [85] At the church's general conference in October 2018, he reiterated his position, declaring, "It is a correction" and "It is the command of the Lord." As part of this decision, it was stated that all Young Men, Young Women, and Primary programs for those age 8–18 would be replaced by a new, unified worldwide program. She was preceded in death by one daughter. Video: In honor of President Nelson’s 96th birthday, here’s a glimpse of his fast-paced ministry and historic leadership. [10][11] His parents were not active in the Latter-day Saint faith while he was a youth, but they did send him to Sunday School,[12] and he was baptized a member of the LDS Church at age 16. In 2009, he, along with his wife and others, were attacked while in Mozambique. Beginning in 2019, youth began moving between classes and priesthood quorums at the beginning of the year in which they turn 12, 14, or 16, rather than when their birthday occurs during the year. This broadcast ahead of the press conference was unprecedented and provided the new leaders an opportunity to briefly address the entire church immediately. See Russell M. Nelson, “The Magnificence of Man,” Ensign, Jan. 1988, 64–69. [74][75], The first few months of Nelson's leadership of the LDS Church saw many significant changes to church policy, although many had at least been heavily discussed before he became church president, and some were continuations of policies instituted by his predecessors. [24], Nelson first operated out of the University of Utah's medical school. Ringger. Each called President Nelson’s love constant. “Your character is what you are when no one else is near you. Be patient with other people. ", "Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty", "U of U Health - Celebrating 60 Years of Cardiac Surgery in Utah With Russell M. Nelson, M.D. The Psalmist stated: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? 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Russell M. Nelson was sustained and set apart as the 17th president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple. He encouraged them to choose a set of seven days together to avoid the use of social media. Russell M. Nelson, the leader or “Prophet” of the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS), was publicly accused today of heinous crimes against children soon after he and other LDS elders enjoyed a private audience with ‘Pope Francis’, Jorge Bergoglio. First, the high priests groups at the ward level were dissolved, making all Melchizedek priesthood holders in wards and branches part of the elders quorum. [97] Nelson took all the church's apostles with him to Rome for that dedication. In 1964, he set up his own private practice with him as the lead and Conrad Jenson as an associate. [98] This was the first time all ordained apostles of the church had been gathered in one location outside the United States. … Your strong faith will bring spiritual power to you.”. A virtuous person is a joyful person. They have nine daughters and one son. [81] A few days before this, Nelson and his counselors met with the national leaders of the NAACP. Nelson received a Ph.D. from Minnesota in 1954 for his research contributions. This letter reiterated existing policies, but also explicitly stated that no one should ever be counseled against reporting abuse to legal authorities. 32-34) I n introducing the topic "children of the covenant,"1 I will reflect upon events I experienced as a colleague of Pr esi dent Howar d W . [77], During the church's April general conference, Nelson announced the appointment of Asian-American Gerrit W. Gong and Brazilian Ulisses Soares to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, both of whom had been serving in the Presidency of the Seventy.[78]. [104] Together they had ten children: nine daughters—Marsha, Wendy (1951–2019),[105] Gloria, Brenda, Sylvia, Emily (1958–1995),[106] Laurie, Rosalie, and Marjorie—and a son, Russell Jr. (b. Sister Wendy Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson participate in a virtual birthday celebration on Sept. 6, 2020. President Nelson also wishes to express heartfelt love and thanks to members of the Church throughout the world who have sent him birthday greetings. Nelson was set apart as the quorum president on July 15, 2015, by Thomas S. In 1992, he was the church's lead delegate to the Parliament on World Religions. [15] He graduated from high school at age 16 and enrolled at the University of Utah, graduating in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts and Phi Beta Kappa membership. The guidance also had a clear emphasis on using counseling to assist in healing from abuse. [44], Nelson's assignments as an apostle have included supervisory responsibility for the LDS Church in Africa. children: Brenda N. Miles, Emily Nelson Wittwer, Gloria N. Irion, Laurie N. Marsh, Marjorie N. Helsten, Marsha N. McKellar, Rosalie N. Ringwood, Russell M. … “One of the joys of my life is the privilege of working every day with honest men and women who are truly and totally dependable.”. President Nelson said after faith comes virtue. Russell M. Nelson was born on September 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Marion Clavar Nelson (1897–1990)[8] and Floss Edna Nelson (née Anderson; 1893–1983). siblings: Enid Nelson DeBirk, Marjory Edna Nelson Rohlfing, Robert Harold Nelson. : No: Profession: Religious … Held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the party offered a glimpse of the legacy President Nelson has given his posterity. ... She was survived by her husband and nine of her children. In 1966, Nelson became head of the thoracic residency program that combined resource from the University of Utah Medical School, LDS Hospital, Primary Children's Hospital and the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. [63] Nelson chose not to retain Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who had served as Monson's Second Counselor, in the new First Presidency. Learn something new each day. [7] In 1984, Nelson and the American jurist Dallin H. Oaks were selected to fill two vacancies in the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Joy D. Jones had a video vignette in her talk where she sat in the replica log home of Joseph Smith Sr. with President Russell M. Nelson and eight primary children. As church president, Nelson is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Term ended by removal of apostleship; was later excommunicated. Bring a little Christmas light into your life this holiday season. Nelson served in that bishopric for over five years at a time when it had over 1,000 members. You’re always looking to the future!”. President Nelson emphasized that a person’s face is a reflection of his or her spirit. The event marked the first time in history that a pope and an LDS Church president met face-to-face. Nelson became a noted heart surgeon, and served as president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Utah Medical Association.[6]. Think what a smile can do.”, President Nelson told his family that their physical appearance reflects their spiritual feelings. He then did his medical residency and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the research team developing the heart-lung machine that in 1951 supported the first ever human open-heart surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass. [80], June 2018 began with a First Presidency-sponsored celebration of the 40th anniversary of the revelation extending priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy members without regard to race, in which Nelson gave concluding remarks. Sister Wendy Nelson: Yeah, there was a lot, a lot, that I stepped into. [4] He was chair of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital. She attended Box Elder High School, among her classmates was Boyd K. Packer, who would serve with Nelson for 30 years as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Monson. [4][18], After medical school, Nelson went to the University of Minnesota for his medical residency. Born Sept. 9, 1924, President Nelson is the son of Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson. [83] On June 18, the First Presidency created committees assigned to form a unified hymnbook and children's songbook for the worldwide church membership, with each language edition having the same hymns (and songs) in the same order, and that these committees would be taking submissions and collecting surveys until July 2019. In this assignment, he worked closely with Dennis B. Neuenschwander and Hans B. It has several components. We must be at the forefront of changing hearts and minds on the importance of children." Members of President Russell M. Nelson’s family participate in a virtual birthday party — via video conferencing — three days before his 96th birthday on Sunday Sept. 6, 2020. At the top of the list is faith. The call to serve in this position had been extended to Nelson by Richard L. Evans, an apostle and the lead figure over publicity efforts on Temple Square. President Nelson said his expectations — and the Lord’s expectations — for his family did not change or intensify when he became Prophet. He spent the next 29 years working in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. In Minnesota, he served as what was then known as Sunday School Superintendent in his local congregation. The Church News is an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And be patient with yourself while you are learning and growing. Her marriage to Nelson is her first. Nelson served in a variety of lay LDS leadership positions during his surgical career, beginning locally in Salt Lake City and then as the LDS Church's Sunday School General President from 1971 to 1979. Held via videoconference three days before his Sept. 9 birthday, the celebration included 276 participants in 61 locations — each wishing their father, grandfather and great-grandfather the happiest of birthdays. Many spoke of President Nelson’s influence as they served as missionaries, welcomed spouses and children to the family, and faced challenges. This was highlighted by shortening the length of Sunday church meetings to 2-hours from the previous 3-hours. There he built his own heart-lung bypass machine and employed it to support the first open-heart surgery in the state of Utah. They contribute that as free will offerings, more every year. [79] At the end of the conference, Nelson announced the construction of seven new temples, including the first in Nicaragua, Russia, India, and Virginia. Noting that he was not speaking of physical appearance, President Nelson said, “I am speaking of your spiritual appearance. In 2011, Nelson Sr. returned to Russia to organize the first church stake in that country, headquartered in Moscow. [108], Dantzel Nelson died unexpectedly at their home in Salt Lake City on February 12, 2005, at age 78. [23], Nelson returned to Salt Lake City in 1955 and accepted a faculty position at the University of Utah School of Medicine. [22], Following his military service, he did a year of work and surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. [90], In December 2018, the church's First Presidency changed the process of youth class progression and priesthood ordination. 1950) in the Salt Lake Temple. She asked the children if they had any questions for the prophet. [25], This would mark the first of many career achievements for Nelson. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, walk through the South visitors’ center prior to a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. [102][103], While a student at the University of Utah, Nelson met and began dating fellow Utah student Dantzel White (1926–2005). In addition to the large crowd in attendance, the devotional was broadcast across the state. During his April 2018 visit to India, Nelson explained to church members that the Lord had instructed him to announce the temple the night before general conference, though he had not originally planned to do so. You choose — another language, how to sing, how to play musical instrument. Clearly the adversary is attacking the value of children on many levels. President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson in Pennsylvania at the dedication of the newly developed Priesthood Restoration Site in 2015. [57], Nelson's only son, Russell M. Nelson Jr., served as an LDS missionary in Russia. A birthday celebration for President Russell M. Nelson, held via video conferencing on Sunday Sept. 6 — three days before his Sept. 9 birthday — included 276 participants in 61 locations. [89] At the end of the month, Nelson toured five south American countries, during which he met with Peru's president, Martín Vizcarra, gave a major address in Peru in Spanish, and dedicated the Concepción Chile Temple. [5], A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Nelson attended the University of Utah for his undergraduate and medical school education. They dated for three years and then were married on August 31, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. In May 2018, the church announced it would end its sponsorship of Scouting troops in the United States and Canada at the end of 2019. SALT LAKE CITY — Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered some tough love on Sunday during … [58], When he was Sunday School General President, Nelson attended a meeting where Kimball urged those present to learn Chinese. Typical of a large family connected via videoconference, they struggled with technology, muted and unmuted their microphones, wrangled wiggly children and laughed often — demonstrating a connection that transcends physical distance. During his tenure the Sunday School developed a unified 8-year-cycle of covering the LDS Church's scriptures in its curriculum. program ranked first in his class after only three years of study. When those in the traveling party suggested they “move to Plan B” and return to the hotel, President Nelson said, “Plan A. I pray.”, “And so you did. After further surgical training and a two-year stint in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War, Nelson returned to Salt Lake City and accepted a professorship at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Next, Nelson announced the end of home teaching and visiting teaching, replacing the programs with a focus on ministering, and shifting both the focus and methods of tracking them. [45] He also made several other visits to that continent, including one to Kenya in 2011. President Nelson, 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, joined the massive virtual birthday celebration on Sunday, Sept. 6. [37][38] He later served as a stake president in Salt Lake City from 1964 to 1971, with Joseph B. Wirthlin serving as his second counselor. “It’s just like children, you know,” said the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December 2019. [71][72][73], In August 2019, Nelson visited Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. [70], On March 9, 2019, Nelson met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. In September, Church News shared what President Russell M. Nelson taught his 57 grandchildren and 140 great-grandchildren as part of his birthday celebration. While at Minnesota, he was a member of the surgeon Clarence Dennis's research team that pioneered the heart-lung machine that in April 1951 supported the first human open-heart surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass. By President Russell M. Nelson. (courtesy of FOX 13) Images of some of the alleged victims of sexual abuse involved in a federal lawsuit filed Oct. 3, 2018 against a daughter and son-in-law of LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson. [110], In June 2018, the University of Utah endowed a chair in cardiothoracic surgery named after Nelson and his first wife, Dantzel. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. [50], Nelson made his first international trip as quorum president to Central America from August 20–31, 2015. It also provided more clear policies mandating all interviews with women and youth be done with another person in the general area, and made it clear that youth and women could have a parent or other adult present for an interview. ", "Meet LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson, a Renaissance man with perfect pitch and pure faith", Listing of presidents of the Society for Vascular Surgery, "Pamela Atkinson: President Nelson's work has been saving lives and souls", "President Nelson Honored as "Pioneer" of Heart Surgery - Church News and Events", "Elder Russell M. Nelson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles", article by Ardeth Kapp on Nelson's role as Young Women Adviser, "Elder Russell M. 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Russell Marion Nelson Sr. (born September 9, 1924) is an American religious leader and former surgeon who is the 17th and current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). [109] Watson, originally from Raymond, Alberta, was a professor of marriage and family therapy at BYU prior to her retirement in 2006. President Nelson turned 96 on Sept. 9, 2020. He later had a practice at the Salt Lake Clinic with admission privileges at LDS Hospital. "[86][87][88], In the October 2018 general conference, Nelson announced an adjustment in the balance between a home-centered, church-supported form of worship. All rights reserved. Nelson took up this challenge and developed elementary proficiency in Mandarin. [46], From 2007 to 2015, Nelson was as a member of the Church Boards of Trustees/Education, the governing body of the Church Educational System, and the chairman of its Executive Committee. 1972). While a student at the University of Utah, Nelson met and began dating fellow Utah student Dantzel White (1926–2005). [82] That same weekend Nelson gave a devotional to LDS youth in which he urged them to more fully commit to the church. [36], After returning to Salt Lake City, he was called as priest quorum advisor in the Garden Park Ward, working with over 50 boys ages 16 to 18. [28] Later, he performed the same operation on future LDS Church president Spencer W. Kimball, replacing his damaged aortic valve. She spoke of an experience last year in Alaska when a dense fog moved in just before President Nelson’s plane was to take off to return to Salt Lake City. Calling President Nelson “the most magnificent man I have ever known,” Sister Nelson said a song represents her feelings for her husband — “You light up my life.”, “You light up my life with the joy you have for each new day — and especially the next. The proclamation coincided with the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision and is the sixth proclamation issued by the church in its history.[92][93]. [40], Nelson later served for four and a half years as a regional representative. In 1985, President Russell M. Nelson outlined that abortions resulting from rape or complications that could be life-threatening make up a minority of abortions: A front page story on “The Atlantic” home page on Wednesday morning includes an exclusive interview with President Russell M. Nelson. Family members shared love and memories through music, photographs and handwritten messages. However, after consulting with David O. McKay, Nelson turned down the offer. [14] Nelson traveled extensively as a medical doctor and addressed conferences in many parts of Latin America and Africa, as well as in India and China. As part of this change, young women ages 14–18 may be assigned as ministering sisters, similar to the-long standing policies of young men ages 14–18 serving as home teachers. [42] Early in his service as an apostle, Nelson was an adviser to the church's Young Women organization and was supportive of the developing of the Young Women values and Personal Progress program. “Virtue also means power, including strength and morality. [31], Nelson became involved with the administrative aspects of medicine and was elected president of the Utah State Medical Association. He was at the forefront of surgeons focusing attention on coronary artery disease,[26] and contributed to the advance of valvular surgery as well. [120], "Russell Nelson" redirects here. Nelson signed 1,150 mission calls as the presiding apostle. [66], In September 2018, Nelson visited the Dominican Republic, where he gave an entire talk in Spanish, which was believed to be the first time a church president had given an extended talk in a formal setting in a language other than English. [65], In June 2018, Nelson traveled to Alberta, Canada, where his second wife was born and raised, and gave three devotional addresses in three consecutive evenings. [14], Nelson studied at LDS Business College in his mid-teens (concurrently with high school enrollment) and worked as an assistant secretary at a bank. [23] His patient was a Latter-day Saint stake patriarch. A temple for American Samoa had been originally announced in October 1977, and was intended to be a regional temple to serve American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and Fiji. Nelson's tenure as church president has been punctuated by an increased focus on worship within LDS temples. [13] Nelson has absolute pitch, and frequently sang in choirs, quartets, and plays. [68][69], On February 10, 2019, Nelson spoke to church members in Arizona at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The article, written by Latter-day Saint journalist McKay Coppins, is a personal essay that explores the history of the Church, both the Church at large and the life of just one of its 16 million members worldwide. [104] The following year, Nelson married Wendy L. Watson (b. [29] In 1985, Nelson along with his colleague, Conrad B. Jenson, performed a quadruple bypass surgery on the Chinese opera performer Fang Rongxiang (方荣翔 [zh]); 1925–1989). The meeting took place the day before the church's Rome Italy Temple was dedicated. Six people named the daughter and son-in-law of the president of the Mormon church in a lawsuit Wednesday on charges of child sexual abuse. During the 1950s, Dantzel was a member of the Tabernacle Choir. Nelson told members that the use of nicknames such as Mormon or LDS was "a major victory for Satan. 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