Russell M. Nelson is not a name familiar to most people. President Nelson has held numerous positions of responsibility in the Church. 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. He spent the next 29 years working in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He was set apart as a counselor in the bishopric by Joseph Fielding Smith, whose son-in-law was the bishop. 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. Ringger. [110], In June 2018, the University of Utah endowed a chair in cardiothoracic surgery named after Nelson and his first wife, Dantzel. Sister Wendy Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson participate in a virtual birthday celebration on Sept. 6, 2020. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the party offered a glimpse of the legacy President Nelson has given his posterity. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. By President Russell M. Nelson In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. In Brazil on one of the many international ministry tours the 95-year old President Nelson has taken over the past two years, his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, commented that at his core, Russell Nelson is a scientist — he wants to know what laws govern a particular thing. The hymn practice time in Sunday School was also renamed to worship through music. [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]. [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. In Washington DC, he was a counselor in the bishopric of the ward Ezra Taft Benson, then an apostle, regularly attended while serving as Secretary of Agriculture to Dwight D. Eisenhower. In this assignment, he worked closely with Dennis B. Neuenschwander and Hans B. He encouraged them to choose a set of seven days together to avoid the use of social media. Yes, President Russell M. Nelson does speak Spanish . In April 2006, he married Wendy L. Watson. [54], In August 2003, Nelson became the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve to visit Kazakhstan. In 1964, he set up his own private practice with him as the lead and Conrad Jenson as an associate. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson are interviewed in … For other people named Russell Nelson, see. In Minnesota, he served as what was then known as Sunday School Superintendent in his local congregation. [33] He was also a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. [23], Nelson returned to Salt Lake City in 1955 and accepted a faculty position at the University of Utah School of Medicine. I have felt impressed to share with you a message on Nov. 20, 2020, from 11 to 11:15 a.m. MST. [97] Nelson took all the church's apostles with him to Rome for that dedication. The newly anointed 17th president Russell M Nelson finds himself at the head of a Church that has nearly 16 million members worldwide Adam Lusher Wednesday 17 January 2018 20:26 He was officially set apart in that capacity July 15, 2015. There he built his own heart-lung bypass machine and employed it to support the first open-heart surgery in the state of Utah. From left, a picture of Sister Dantzel Nelson, Wendy, Marsha and President Nelson taken in 1951 in Washington D.C. Credit: Russell M. Nelson Facebook. Russell M. Nelson, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will share a special video message with the world on Friday morning at 11 a.m… . Dallin H. Oaks, then a law professor at Chicago and a fellow Latter-day Saint, actively worked to recruit Nelson. By President Russell M. Nelson. After 20 months in service, he left active duty at the rank of captain. He was also in the team of specialists during the first open-heart surgery in the world. [109] Watson, originally from Raymond, Alberta, was a professor of marriage and family therapy at BYU prior to her retirement in 2006. program ranked first in his class after only three years of study. [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. Nelson received a Ph.D. from Minnesota in 1954 for his research contributions. 1972). [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. [24], Nelson first operated out of the University of Utah's medical school. [57], Nelson's only son, Russell M. Nelson Jr., served as an LDS missionary in Russia. [45] He also made several other visits to that continent, including one to Kenya in 2011. 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. [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. Personal Life. [59] He developed ties with the medical community in China and made several trips there to train surgeons. ", "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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President Nelson comes to the position as President of … This team was focused on ways to improve the treatment of wounded and was sent to all five MASH units active in Korea along with two major evacuation hospitals, several field station hospitals, a prisoner of war camp and larger evacuation hospitals in Japan, Hawaii, and the mainland United States in order to implement such improvements. He also received honorary degrees of Doctor of Science from Brigham Young University in 1970, Doctor of Medical Science from Utah State University in 1989, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Snow College in 1994. [35], In addition to his medical work, Nelson served frequently as a leader in the LDS Church. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Religion. In Massachusetts, Nelson was the secretary for the adult Aaronic priesthood organization in his Boston-area branch. They dated for three years and then were married on August 31, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [44], Nelson's assignments as an apostle have included supervisory responsibility for the LDS Church in Africa. [34], In 2015, the University of Utah, along with the American College of Cardiology, created the Russell M. Nelson M.D., Ph.D. [81] A few days before this, Nelson and his counselors met with the national leaders of the NAACP. [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. Monson. Author of numerous publications and chapters in medical textbooks, President Nelson lectured and visited professionally throughout the United States and in many other nations prior to his call as a General Authority. This morning Elder Boyd K. Packer spoke of the “fountains of life.” This afternoon, I should like to speak of the “doors of death.” ... Live it well—even to your loftiest potential. (Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) President Russell M. Nelson gives concluding remarks at General Conference on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. [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. In May 1982 he was a visiting professor at the Hospital de Clinicas in Montevideo, Uruguay. Russell M. Nelson was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 23 February 1993. Honorary scholastic societies include Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. The meeting took place the day before the church's Rome Italy Temple was dedicated. - Russell M. Nelson quotes from BrainyQuote.com "Life is filled with detours and dead ends, trials and challenges of every kind. [84], In August 2018, Nelson issued a statement urging the use of the church's full name. As church president, Nelson is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. "[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. (KUTV) -- In a speechto young adults, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson hinted toward inadequate gun laws. [31], Nelson became involved with the administrative aspects of medicine and was elected president of the Utah State Medical Association. Up through August 2019, he had visited sixteen countries, addressing thousands of members of the faith. During the 1950s, Dantzel was a member of the Tabernacle Choir. Nelson signed 1,150 mission calls as the presiding apostle. Her marriage to Nelson is her first. [4][18], After medical school, Nelson went to the University of Minnesota for his medical residency. [51] The following month, Nelson dedicated the renovated Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site in Pennsylvania, where LDS Church members believe the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods were restored. Russell M. Nelson and his first wife, fellow University of Utah student Dantzel White, met while they both were attending college. In addition to the large crowd in attendance, the devotional was broadcast across the state. So to me, it seemed only fitting that I study President Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Embrace the Future with Faith” by the light of my little Christmas tree during the first week of December. He had previously served as Regional Representative for Brigham Young University. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, wave to attendees during a devotional in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 19, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Nelson served in that bishopric for over five years at a time when it had over 1,000 members. Russell M Nelson is an American religious leader who is the current president of the controversial LDS church. He has been awarded honorary professorships from three universities in the People’s Republic of China. However, after consulting with David O. McKay, Nelson turned down the offer. [39], Nelson also served for eight years as the church's Sunday School General President. 02:49. It is anticipated that the process of creating the new unified hymnbook and children's songbook will take several years. [76], In March 2018, the First Presidency issued a letter on preventing and responding to abuse. Elder Russell M. Nelson talks about the change in ages for missionaries after the Saturday morning session of general conference on Saturday, October 6, 2012. After dating for three years, the couple married on August 31, 1945, in … [56], In August 2010, Nelson journeyed to the dedication of the Kiev Ukraine Temple. His musical acumen has come in handy in his 90s. Then the anticipation of death shall … [27] In an indication of his surgical skill, a 1968 case series of his aortic valve replacements demonstrated an exceptionally low peri-operative mortality. [47] He was succeeded as chairman of the Executive Committee by Oaks. However, in April 1980. He later had a practice at the Salt Lake Clinic with admission privileges at LDS Hospital. He also served in the U.S. Army for three years as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps and went to the Korean War. [63] Nelson chose not to retain Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who had served as Monson's Second Counselor, in the new First Presidency. 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). From 1955 to 1965, Nelson served as a missionary on Temple Square every Thursday afternoon for about two hours giving tours to visitors. Nelson and Oaks filled the vacancies in the Quorum created by the deaths of LeGrand Richards and Mark E. 1. There was also a shift from having members of the Sunday School general board do all the training for new teachers to providing materials which developed into the book Teaching: No Greater Call. ... We live in a glorious age, foreseen by prophets for centuries. 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. Nelson's tenure as church president has been punctuated by an increased focus on worship within LDS temples. 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. Dr. Nelson has served as president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, chairman of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery for the American Heart Association, and president of the Utah State Medical Association. 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. 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. [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. [9] He had two sisters, Marjory E. (1920–2016) and Enid (1926–2019), and a brother, Robert H. (1931–2014). . President Russell M. Nelson’s background as a surgeon has shaped his interests and focuses as an apostle. He regularly has both conducted Quorum of the Twelve meetings and provided the music for them, dashing from the podium to the organ. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sits during the faith’s general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 3, 2020. The guidance also had a clear emphasis on using counseling to assist in healing from abuse. President Russell M. Nelson invites people worldwide to fast on March 29, 2020 for relief from COVID-19 pandemic. [108], Dantzel Nelson died unexpectedly at their home in Salt Lake City on February 12, 2005, at age 78. It also adjusted previous policies forbidding adult males to teach classes of children or youth alone to apply to all adults. [23] His patient was a Latter-day Saint stake patriarch. [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. At one point, the team came close enough to the front that they received fire from enemy artillery positions, which missed them. and M.D. Today, Russell M. Nelson is the individual called of God to lead His earthly Church, speak in His holy name, and hold the keys of Priesthood authority to perform saving Gospel ordinances. [32], Nelson was honored nationally by being elected president of the Society for Vascular Surgery for the year 1975. During his tenure the Sunday School developed a unified 8-year-cycle of covering the LDS Church's scriptures in its curriculum. [90], In December 2018, the church's First Presidency changed the process of youth class progression and priesthood ordination. Nelson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984, during the church's general conference. This includes discussions about the Plan of Salvation (which are deeply rooted in the “Three Pillars of Eternity” structure outlined by Bruce R. McConkie), caring for the human body, and preparing for death and the resurrection. This was highlighted by shortening the length of Sunday church meetings to 2-hours from the previous 3-hours. [50], Nelson made his first international trip as quorum president to Central America from August 20–31, 2015. 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. [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. 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. Born September 9, 1924, President Nelson is the son of Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson. In 2009, he, along with his wife and others, were attacked while in Mozambique. [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. 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. 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. SALT LAKE CITY — As the number of global deaths caused by COVID-19 surpassed 700,000, President Russell M. Nelson expressed “great sorrow” on Wednesday over the losses in a statement released through the social media accounts of the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.. 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. 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. I invite you to turn your heart, mind, and soul increasingly to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. 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). As of April 2020, Nelson has announced a total of 43 new temples to be built in several countries around the world. 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. [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. For a time he was also the church's representative to a US State Department committee on international religious freedom. While we don't need to ascribe any special meaning to the actual … [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. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World, "Russell M. 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