President Russell M. Nelson


Name: Russell M. Nelson

Current Calling: President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Birth Date: September 9, 1924

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, UT

Called as an Apostle: April 7, 1984

Original Occupation: Surgeon

Bio: President Russell M. Nelson was born to Marion C. Nelson and F. Edna Nelson in 1924. While in his mid-teens, he attended the LDS Business College. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in 1945 and two years later he received his Doctorate of Medicine, both at the University of Utah; later attending the University of Minnesota to pursue surgical training. For two years, he was a medical surgeon during the Korean War. He spent fourteen years in various leadership positions within the church before being called as an Apostle in 1984.

President Nelson married his first wife, Dantzel White August 31, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple; she passed away February 12, 2006; together they had nine daughters and one son. On April 6, 2006, he married Wendy L. Watson in the Salt Lake Temple.

Highlight from April 2017 Conference: “It is doctrinally incomplete to speak of the Lord’s atoning sacrifice by shortcut phrases, such as “the Atonement” or “the enabling power of the Atonement” or “applying the Atonement” or “being strengthened by the Atonement.” These expressions present a real risk of misdirecting faith by treating the event as if it had living existence and capabilities independent of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.”

(Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives, Saturday Morning Session)

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