As church president, Nelson is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Since becoming church president, Nelson has visited members of the LDS Church in various areas of the world. 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. 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. Nelson was set apart as the quorum president on July 15, 2015, by Thomas S. He served his residency in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and at the University of Minnesota, where he was awarded his Ph.D. [91], On April 5, 2020, Nelson announced a new proclamation, "The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World". 6,212 talking about this. 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. [28] Later, he performed the same operation on future LDS Church president Spencer W. Kimball, replacing his damaged aortic valve. 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. Posted by Guest Author | Oct 24, 2018 | #GeneralConference , prophets | 0 | During the South American leg of his ongoing Global Ministry Tour, President Russell M Nelson surprised an audience in Lima, Peru, by addressing them in Spanish! [25], This would mark the first of many career achievements for Nelson. Each of us has likely had times when … Nelson received a Ph.D. from Minnesota in 1954 for his research contributions. [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. 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. 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. 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]. [56], In August 2010, Nelson journeyed to the dedication of the Kiev Ukraine Temple. He then moved to the Yale Second Ward still in the Bonneville Stake and was called as a member of the stake high council. In 1960, he performed one of the first-ever repairs of tricuspid valve regurgitation. Born September 9, 1924, President Nelson is the son of Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson. [96] Following the December 2018 dedication of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple by Dallin H. Oaks, Nelson presided over the three-day dedicatory services for the Rome Italy Temple from March 10–12, 2019. 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. As I did so, I found four footnotes in his women's session address that helped deepen … 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. Monson. [22], Following his military service, he did a year of work and surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as stake president of the Bonneville Stake from 1964 to June, 1971, when he was called as general president of the Sunday School. [16] Nelson began his first year of medical school prior to finishing his bachelor's degree, and completed the four-year M.D. 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. 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. . It also adjusted previous policies forbidding adult males to teach classes of children or youth alone to apply to all adults. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. 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. Ringger. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, at the dedication of the Brigham City Temple. 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. [54], In August 2003, Nelson became the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve to visit Kazakhstan. Visiting Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery. [120], "Russell Nelson" redirects here. He was at the forefront of surgeons focusing attention on coronary artery disease,[26] and contributed to the advance of valvular surgery as well. [23] His patient was a Latter-day Saint stake patriarch. He was officially set apart in that capacity July 15, 2015. program ranked first in his class after only three years of study. [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. Then the anticipation of death shall … degrees fromthe University of Utah and his Ph.D. from the University ofMinnesota. It is anticipated that the process of creating the new unified hymnbook and children's songbook will take several years. In 1964, he set up his own private practice with him as the lead and Conrad Jenson as an associate. [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. (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. 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 [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. Russell M. Nelson. 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. Just as small problems can compromise the integrity of the physical heart, seemingly small breeches of honor can compromise personal integrity. He also said the clouds of sorrow are laced with silver linings of faith, family and … Sister Nelson passed away in February 2005. [33] He was also a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Petersen. [24] That operation was performed at the Salt Lake General Hospital (SLGH) on an adult with an atrial septal defect. 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. [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. [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." From 1955 to 1965, Nelson served as a missionary on Temple Square every Thursday afternoon for about two hours giving tours to visitors. | Nelson family. Yes, President Russell M. Nelson does speak Spanish . [44], Nelson's assignments as an apostle have included supervisory responsibility for the LDS Church in Africa. [110], In June 2018, the University of Utah endowed a chair in cardiothoracic surgery named after Nelson and his first wife, Dantzel. 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. At one point, the team came close enough to the front that they received fire from enemy artillery positions, which missed them. The guidance also had a clear emphasis on using counseling to assist in healing from abuse. "[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. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson are interviewed in … Degree in 1954. [84], In August 2018, Nelson issued a statement urging the use of the church's full name. [99], Between April 2019 and October 2020, Nelson announced 30 more temples, including firsts for American Samoa,[100] Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea,[101] and the People's Republic of China mainland. [109] Watson, originally from Raymond, Alberta, was a professor of marriage and family therapy at BYU prior to her retirement in 2006. [4][18], After medical school, Nelson went to the University of Minnesota for his medical residency. Russell M. Nelson is not a name familiar to most people. 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… He has been awarded honorary professorships from three universities in the People’s Republic of China. [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. [98] This was the first time all ordained apostles of the church had been gathered in one location outside the United States. 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. [52], After Monson's call to the First Presidency in 1985, Nelson was assigned as the apostle to oversee the work of the church in Eastern Europe. During his tenure the Sunday School developed a unified 8-year-cycle of covering the LDS Church's scriptures in its curriculum. [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. [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. Health. Nelson served in that bishopric for over five years at a time when it had over 1,000 members. [59] He developed ties with the medical community in China and made several trips there to train surgeons. 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. In 1985, Nelson was the first person ever to be made an honorary professor of Shandong Medical College. They dated for three years and then were married on August 31, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. However, in April 1980. 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. 1950) in the Salt Lake Temple. 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. 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. [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. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Religion. At the same conference, Dallin H. Oaks was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. A stake's high priest quorum now consists of current members of stake presidencies, high councils, bishoprics and functioning patriarchs. (KUTV) -- In a speechto young adults, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson hinted toward inadequate gun laws. [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. 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. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. [104] The following year, Nelson married Wendy L. Watson (b. [27] In an indication of his surgical skill, a 1968 case series of his aortic valve replacements demonstrated an exceptionally low peri-operative mortality. 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 was ordained an apostle on April 12, 1984, by Gordon B. Hinckley. Dallin H. Oaks, then a law professor at Chicago and a fellow Latter-day Saint, actively worked to recruit Nelson. [39], Nelson also served for eight years as the church's Sunday School General President. [45] He also made several other visits to that continent, including one to Kenya in 2011. Sister Wendy Nelson: Yeah, there was a lot, a lot, that I stepped into. Russell M. Nelson and his first wife, fellow University of Utah student Dantzel White, met while they both were attending college. 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. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, he was serving as a Regional Representative assigned to the Kearns Utah Region. 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. An internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher, Dr. Nelson received his B.A. There he built his own heart-lung bypass machine and employed it to support the first open-heart surgery in the state of Utah. 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. [58] While there, Nelson visited government officials, was interviewed by Yuzhnaya Stalitsa television, and dedicated that country for the preaching of the gospel. Elder Nelsons previousmarriage was to Dantzel White Nelson, who died 12 February 2005.Their family includes 10 children, 56 grandchildren and 18great-grandchildren. [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. [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. Nelson told members that the use of nicknames such as Mormon or LDS was "a major victory for Satan. The event marked the first time in history that a pope and an LDS Church president met face-to-face. For a time he was also the church's representative to a US State Department committee on international religious freedom. He later had a practice at the Salt Lake Clinic with admission privileges at LDS Hospital. Honorary scholastic societies include Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. Nelson's father was a reporter for the Deseret News and later became general manager of Gillham Advertising, Utah's earliest advertising agency. [102][103], While a student at the University of Utah, Nelson met and began dating fellow Utah student Dantzel White (1926–2005). In the most pointed and potent condemnation of racism from the pulpit by a Latter-day Saint prophet in recent years, President Russell M. Nelson told members Sunday to listen up: God does … 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. 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. Yet, this humble man is the one chosen by Jehovah to preside over His affairs. He had previously served as Regional Representative for Brigham Young University. During the 1950s, Dantzel was a member of the Tabernacle Choir. [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. Posted by Russell M. Nelson on Friday, November 13, 2020 “My dear friends, the challenges that we face as fellow global citizens are immense, but our ability to feel hope and seek healing in Jesus Christ remains strong. [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. How fitting that astronomers and scientists are predicting tonight's appearance of a "Christmas star," formed by the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, a rare event not seen in nearly 400 years. [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). [5], A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Nelson attended the University of Utah for his undergraduate and medical school education. 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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[68][69], On February 10, 2019, Nelson spoke to church members in Arizona at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. This marked the first time since 1985 that a new church president had not retained a previously-serving counselor. Term ended by removal of apostleship; was later excommunicated. [4] He was chair of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital. Nelson also announced major changes in church organization during the April general conference. He was set apart as a counselor in the bishopric by Joseph Fielding Smith, whose son-in-law was the bishop. President Russell M. Nelson’s background as a surgeon has shaped his interests and focuses as an apostle. Nelson signed 1,150 mission calls as the presiding apostle. [24], Nelson first operated out of the University of Utah's medical school. This was highlighted by shortening the length of Sunday church meetings to 2-hours from the previous 3-hours. He encouraged them to choose a set of seven days together to avoid the use of social media. [35], In addition to his medical work, Nelson served frequently as a leader in the LDS Church. 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. 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. Her marriage to Nelson is her first. He was also in the team of specialists during the first open-heart surgery in the world. [79] At the end of the conference, Nelson announced the construction of seven new temples, including the first in Nicaragua, Russia, India, and Virginia. 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