A lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City’s federal court in 2018 alleging sexual abuse and a cover-up involving family members of the president of … 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? When asked by young YouTube star Claire Crosby of his favorite color, President Russell M. Nelson likened colors to children, saying he loves them all. Now, it’s up to each of you to help us to make that eternal life enjoyable.”, Be bright. On schedule.”, Addressing his family, President Nelson shared the “ABCs for spiritual growth — A: be attractive, B: be bright, C: build character.”, Be attractive. He graduated from high school at age 16 and medical school at age 22. [59] He developed ties with the medical community in China and made several trips there to train surgeons. In January 2018, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elected a new president, a stern looking 94 year old named Russell M. Nelson. During the 1950s, Dantzel was a member of the Tabernacle Choir. While in Rome, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles took the first apostolic group photo in two decades. 16. It has several components. Each becomes a full heir to all that God has promised the faithful children of Israel! “They generously contribute fast offerings, humanitarian aid and effort. [47] He was succeeded as chairman of the Executive Committee by Oaks. Visiting Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery. It is anticipated that the process of creating the new unified hymnbook and children's songbook will take several years. This marked the first time since 1985 that a new church president had not retained a previously-serving counselor. [4] Nelson was a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for nearly 34 years, and was the quorum president from 2015 to 2018. He pronounced blessings upon Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo while visiting each of those countries; these serve as addendums to Monson's 1985 dedication of Yugoslavia for the preaching of the gospel. In Massachusetts, Nelson was the secretary for the adult Aaronic priesthood organization in his Boston-area branch. 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. President Nelson said his hope has always been that his posterity would keep the commandments and be good men and women. He performed errands for his father's advertising company at the … 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. 1.83 m: Weight: 92 kg: Sexual Orientation: Straight: Marital Status: Married: Wife/Spouse (Name): Wendy L Watson (m. 2006) Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Marsha, Wendy (1951–2019), Gloria, Brenda, Sylvia, Emily (1958–1995), Laurie, Rosalie, Marjorie, and Russell Jr) Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A: Is Russell Nelson Gay? Clearly the adversary is attacking the value of children on many levels. Church News reported about the historic moment where President Nelson gathered with five generations via technology to meet … In addition to the large crowd in attendance, the devotional was broadcast across the state. [19][20][21], Nelson served a two-year term of duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War, and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “And, you light up my life because you are always seeking instructions from the Lord and seeking His help.”. Be patient with other people. [108], Dantzel Nelson died unexpectedly at their home in Salt Lake City on February 12, 2005, at age 78. With his 96th birthday approaching, President Russell M. Nelson promised his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that “great spiritual growth, faith and joy” can be theirs as they keep the commandments of God. During a 45-minute virtual gathering on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy W. Nelson, watched as Nelson family members sang Christmas carols and shared photographs of family members recreating the Christmas Nativity. SALT LAKE CITY — Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered some tough love on Sunday during … [84], In August 2018, Nelson issued a statement urging the use of the church's full name. [107] Dantzel White was a native of Perry, Utah, where her father was for a time mayor. [120], "Russell Nelson" redirects here. Approximately half of this time, he was assigned to oversee the fourteen stakes at BYU, while he worked with the stakes in Kearns, Utah for the other time. A virtuous person is a joyful person. However, in April 1980. Sister Wendy Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson participate in a virtual birthday celebration. Families can be together forever. [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. [13] Nelson has absolute pitch, and frequently sang in choirs, quartets, and plays. 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[62] After being ordained and set apart as church president on January 14, 2018, Nelson was introduced to church members and the media two days later, along with Oaks as his First Counselor and Henry B. Eyring as Second Counselor. But there was one thing he said that initially caught me off guard. [48], Following the death of Boyd K. Packer[49] on July 3, 2015, Nelson became the most senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve and the quorum's president. ... Each convert becomes one of God’s covenant children, 15 whether by birth or by adoption. Their courage and commitment have inspired similar feelings in successive generations. [64], The first trip, called a global ministry tour by the church, occurred in April 2018, when Nelson along with his wife, and Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, met with Latter-day Saints in London, England; Jerusalem; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe; Bengaluru, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong; and Laie, Hawaii. 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14) – present: Predecessor: Thomas S. Monson: President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03) – January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14) President Nelson emphasized that a person’s face is a reflection of his or her spirit. [58] While there, Nelson visited government officials, was interviewed by Yuzhnaya Stalitsa television, and dedicated that country for the preaching of the gospel. [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. [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. 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. He next served as member of the Bonneville Stake YMMIA superintendency (a position roughly equivalent to a modern counselor in the stake young men's presidency) and then as a counselor in the bishopric of the Garden Park Ward. 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. The unnamed plaintiffs alleged that Richard and Brenda Miles, son-in-law and daughter of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president Russell M. Nelson, hosted “touching parties” in the 1980s where children as … [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. She was preceded in death by one daughter. [90], In December 2018, the church's First Presidency changed the process of youth class progression and priesthood ordination. At the same conference, Dallin H. Oaks was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Nelson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984, during the church's general conference. She was preceded in death by one daughter. [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. They contribute that as free will offerings, more every year. [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. [94] In announcing a temple in Nicaragua, Nelson fulfilled an apostolic promise he had made to church members there six years earlier. [67] On the same trip, he visited Puerto Rico. In May 1982 he was a visiting professor at the Hospital de Clinicas in Montevideo, Uruguay. [71][72][73], In August 2019, Nelson visited Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. In this assignment, he worked closely with Dennis B. Neuenschwander and Hans B. 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. [43], In 1991, Nelson served as the negotiator for the LDS Church with the Internal Revenue Service over whether contributions to support missionaries serving would be tax deductible. The historic, first-of-its-kind broadcast will include music and activities as well as messages by President Russell M. Nelson, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and members of the Primary General Presidency. President Nelson said after faith comes virtue. 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. Copyright © 2021 Deseret News Publishing Company. [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). [16] Nelson began his first year of medical school prior to finishing his bachelor's degree, and completed the four-year M.D. Afterwards, in September, he traveled to church meetings in several European countries. In 1992, he was the church's lead delegate to the Parliament on World Religions. 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. Please make people glad to see you and especially glad to spend eternity with you. 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. She asked the children if they had any questions for the prophet. [53][54] Nelson was involved in the first meetings between LDS Church leaders and government officials of Bulgaria,[55] Romania, and the Soviet Union, and worked to continue LDS expansion and recognition efforts in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland. Four of Russell M. Nelson's sons-in-law have been called as mission presidents (one was additionally called as a temple president), potentially saving his family thousands of dollars in tuition money if his grandchildren chose to attend a church school . At the top of the list is faith. [citation needed] His travels have been punctuated by several temple dedications, most notably the Rome Italy Temple in March 2019, which was attended by all current members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The meeting took place the day before the church's Rome Italy Temple was dedicated. “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. [27] In an indication of his surgical skill, a 1968 case series of his aortic valve replacements demonstrated an exceptionally low peri-operative mortality. Nelson served in that bishopric for over five years at a time when it had over 1,000 members. It also adjusted previous policies forbidding adult males to teach classes of children or youth alone to apply to all adults. While on duty, he was assigned to a research group formed by the commandant of the Graduate School at Walter Reed, Col. William S. Stone and led by Dr. Fiorindo A. Simeone, a professor of surgery at Western Reserve University in Cleveland who had been a clinical investigator in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. Learn something new each day. “Does your countenance radiate love and encouragement? You’re always looking to the future!”. [76], In March 2018, the First Presidency issued a letter on preventing and responding to abuse. In September, Church News shared what President Russell M. Nelson taught his 57 grandchildren and 140 great-grandchildren as part of his birthday celebration. President Nelson turned 96 on Sept. 9, 2020. 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. Nelson and Oaks filled the vacancies in the Quorum created by the deaths of LeGrand Richards and Mark E. [23] His patient was a Latter-day Saint stake patriarch. “God has made a timeless promise to those who keep His commandments,” he said. With his 96th birthday approaching, President Russell M. Nelson promised his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that “great spiritual growth, faith and joy” can be theirs as they keep the commandments of God. About Russell M. Nelson, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dantzel married LDS Apostle Russell Marion Nelson (1924) on August 31, 1945, in the Salt Lake Temple. They dated for three years and then were married on August 31, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. In 2018, Nelson announced 19 new temples, seven in April and 12 in October, among which were the first in India, Nicaragua, Russia, and Cambodia. In closing, he added, “Wendy joins with me and expressing our deep feelings of love and gratitude for each one of you now and forever.”. 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. As of April 2020, Nelson has announced a total of 43 new temples to be built in several countries around the world. He later had a practice at the Salt Lake Clinic with admission privileges at LDS Hospital. As a boy, his interests varied. Ringger. 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. In 1985, Nelson was the first person ever to be made an honorary professor of Shandong Medical College. Russell M. Nelson was born on September 9, 1924, to Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson. [45] He also made several other visits to that continent, including one to Kenya in 2011. 1950) in the Salt Lake Temple. Petersen. 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. You prayed,” said Sister Nelson. [5], A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Nelson attended the University of Utah for his undergraduate and medical school education. 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