Sarah Jane Weaver: Yeah, Ive heard him say it, too. building a so-called 'temple' in Shanghai. In 1964, he set up his own private practice with him as the lead and Conrad Jenson as an associate. What was it like for the Nelson children to grow up in a home with a world-famous heart surgeon? Every one of us has such a strong testimony that hes here for such a time. Another word I think of is discipline. Hes very disciplined. 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. In my remembrance, I think Daddy kind of had a routine. Contents. So we would spend time together on a family trip. Irion added her witness that President Nelson has been prepared and preserved to lead the Church.  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.. Russell Nelson Jr. described another lesson he learned in the home that wasnt deliberately expressed but something he observed through his parents daily example. But Ive always said it keeps me good. , Following the death of Boyd K. Packer on July 3, 2015, Nelson became the most senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve and the quorum's president. And we all are. Gloria Irion: We would go on dates. He loves to learn. Russell M. Nelson Jr.: He, a lot of times, even as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve has a lot of travel and a lot of comings and goings, and a question he would get asked a lot is, How do you deal with jet lag? And he would just say, I dont have time to deal with it. During his tenure the Sunday School developed a unified 8-year-cycle of covering the LDS Church's scriptures in its curriculum. And so after they were married, they lived in her home for a little bit. Neither Nelson nor the Church is. I mean, you can imagine we always had so much fun, and he would come down and try to get us to go to sleep. President Russell M. Nelson holds a child with his wife, Wendy, by his side in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 20, 2018. We were serving in Nauvoo when the sister just older than I am, passed away, Wendy, that was just before they went to Paradise, California.  He was chair of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital.  On August 8, 2022, Nelson became the church's oldest apostle ever, surpassing David B. ", "Elder Nelson pronounces blessings on six Balkan nations", "Elders Maxwell, Nelson welcomed in China", "President Nelson Signs Mission Calls as Presiding Apostle", "President Russell M. Nelson introduced as 17th LDS president, vows to serve, discusses diversity", "President Nelson is Now Oldest President of the Church", "President Russell M. 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He took the lens out of the fishs eye out and said, Look, this is the lens and held it up over a newspaper that was right nearby and showed how it kind of magnified the print on the newspaper. We were at the Washington D.C. Temple rededication. So, I thought that was a good example to always be a learner, a lifelong learner. You probably came into a little more chaotic home than, than the average son. And in that letter, he committed that he wouldnt do anything to besmirch our name. He used it as a teaching moment for us, to help us and comfort us, Irion said.  He was also a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. And thats how they met, I think the play was called Hayfoot Strawfoot. So that was, we liked that play and love that story. " The Bureau added that the church's plans were "wishful thinking, not based in reality. Russell M. Nelson Jr.: 217 total, I think was the last number I knew. And you know, wed get our hair wet and hed squirt shampoo on each of our heads and wed shampoo the person in front of us and he called it The shampoo train. And then hed say, About-face! and we turn around and shampoo the person who used to be in back of us is now in front of us. In the 2021 Friend to Friend event, President Russell M. Nelson gave this message to children around the world. They dated for three years, then married on August 31, 1945, in the Salt Lake Temple. He would come find that baby in the crib, pick her up and nuzzle his nose in her neck, and hold her and smell her, and sing to her,and coo to her, and put her back down and then go back if it was you know, at night after the baby had been put to bed. Explore Russell M. Nelson net worth, birthday, height, age, bio, salary, 2023! They get to see him the way we know him. I don't know how long Wendy has been sick, but because . And we were going to be working together to see how we could get that goal accomplished. Jointly published by the Deseret News and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its content supports the doctrines, principles and practices of the Church. But I love the idea that whats important is, we all go through trials, right? They can feel that he loves them and its not so distant. I tell people all the time that I think we owe Wendy Nelson and the Lord for his longevity and his ability to serve in his capacity right now, Marsh said. , 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. And so we just try to follow their example, because theyre following the Lords example. But my dads always been well-known, well-known renowned heart surgeon or stake president, or general Sunday School president.  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. I do remember him changing diapers, reading books and helping us with homework. At least I can say this, from my perspective, I know that my dad loves me. Yeah, he might watch a bowl game and we were just Gloria Irion: It was the only time I saw him turn on the TV. And imagine in your minds eye the cardboard box just packed full of Christmas lights, strings and strings of Christmas lights. , 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. When she passed, it wasnt OK, well, weve got this eternal perspective and lets move on. I dont want that to come across. , Since becoming church president, Nelson has visited members of the LDS Church in various areas of the world. But as far as the details, my guess is, because Im the seventh, probably one of my older sisters was really making sure that I was presentable. Did you focus on science and math? President Nelson supported his wife in becoming a member of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square for a few years. And so, like Laurie said, hes always been very consistent throughout his whole life. You know, we do a lot of Zoom calls. Nelson began his presidency two days after his ordination with a short broadcast to church members in January 2018 before then holding a press conference. Nelson signed 1,150 mission calls as the presiding apostle. And so I think we had a lot of stuff going on on Saturdays to prepare for Sunday.  Following his military service, he did a year of work and surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. The children noticed when their father complimented their mother. The couple had ten children; Marsha, Wendy, Gloria, Brenda, Sylvia, Emily, Laurie, Rosalie, and Marjorie and Russell Jr. 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. Daddy was able to participate in the school musical up at the University of Utah his freshman year. Sarah Jane Weaver:And Laurie, I want to share a story. And he honored us as women, as well, and as potential mothers. Ive been so grateful for the teachings that our parents have given us about the importance of being centered in Jesus Christ.  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. He had a good way of making very mundane and plain things feel like it was great to do, and great to do together, Russell Nelson Jr. said. In 2009, he, along with his wife and others, were attacked while in Mozambique. Ultimately, I ended up making a change halfway through college and went into the business world but hes, like Laurie said, hes still proud of who we are and who weve become and, for our own accomplishments. It has been four years since Russell M. Nelson became prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Image The Lord Jesus Christ, by Del Parson They both played the piano and the organ. "I feel pure joy every time I welcome a new member of our family into the world." We have strong testimonies and gratitude that the Lord has blessed us with prophets to have that guidance in our lives., Subscribe for free and get daily or weekly updates straight to your inbox, The three things you need to know everyday, Highlights from the last week to keep you informed. And it takes time, you know, we cant have everything, right that very minute. [You] will . And when he was teaching me how to water ski, or having very, very spiritual experiences on the mountain, when we were skiing. The meeting took place the day before the church's Rome Italy Temple was dedicated. And we try to unwind it and we try to untangle it and he kind of just stops for a second, exasperated and looks up at me goes, This reminds me of fishing with your sisters.. He doesnt look for anybodys approval, but the Lords right. I thought, What a commitment for a large family to make, for her to have that opportunity to go and be gone one night a week and then on Sunday mornings. And so Im totally interested in how that worked at your house. Just have faith in the Lord, do your best and everythings going to be okay. from the University of Utah in 1947, shortly after completing his medical degree. Gloria Irion: Oh, right. Gloria Irion: They had an opportunity, you know, there was no ultrasound in those days, they had an opportunity nine times to consider the name Russell Marion Nelson Jr. and never considered it, never considered it until Daddy met him. Im just taking instruction and do it.. This letter reiterated existing policies, but also explicitly stated that no one should ever be counseled against reporting abuse to legal authorities. Copyright 2023 Deseret News Publishing Company. From left: Marjorie Lowder; Elder Michael T. Ringwood, a General Authority Seventy; Sister Rosalie Ringwood; and Wendy Maxfield. Hes very driven, very bright and catches on fast. This marked the first time since 1985 that a new church president had not retained a previously-serving counselor. But I really feel like their love for us was not tied to any kind of accomplishment at all. President Russell M. Nelson, the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sits with his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor (left), and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor (right), at a press conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. President Nelson, the leader of almost 17 million Latter-day Saints worldwide, has traveled to 35 nations, changed Church organization, utilized technology, led the Church through a pandemic, issued historic invitations In 1992, it was identified he was on the Strengthening Church Members Committee, alongside fellow apostle James E. "All are children of God." 1:29 Can You Feel My Love? He wanted that to be their own inspired decisions, his son said. Programa: Welcome to the weekly MormonNewsRoundup where Al & Dives ruminate on the great and spacious Beehive!, ep. Please remember to subscribe to this podcast and if you enjoyed the messages we shared today, please make sure you share the podcast with others. What was it like when he came home? That was always at the top of the priority list to treat not only my mother, but my sisters and all women, with respect.. They are still married to this day. But in a way, it was comforting, to me, to see the level of grief that he was experiencing. In the five years since then, he has embarked on a fast-paced global ministry traveling to 35 nations, extending countless invitations, leading the Church through a global pandemic and overseeing the continuing restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He noticed every little thing and taught us by example that our mother was of huge value to us, and No. Just like a heart and a brain worked together to keep your body going, thats how I felt our mom and dad ran our home, he said. , Nelson also introduced major changes in church organization during the April general conference. Its a boy! And, you know, Ive also heard your father joke that, you know, you were probably three before you knew who your mother was, because there was just so much love and affection in that home. But I do have that visual image. Ray Goldrup. Everything amazes me, but nothing surprises me. How do you sum up a lifetime of being taught. Children(s) Emily Nelson Wittwer, Brenda N. Miles, MORE [X] Biography. I mean, I can remember having so many fun experiences. This episode of the Church News podcast features three of President Nelsons 10 children: Gloria Irion, Laurie Marsh and Russell Nelson Jr. Nothing. They consistently had family home evening. He's curious. Shes very strong. You get more joy from letting other people have that experience than you do from having that experience yourself. And I thought that was such a beautiful sentiment. In 1985, Nelson was the first person ever to be made an honorary professor of Shandong Medical College. And so we had a blast. , Nelson made his first international trip as quorum president to Central America from August 2031, 2015.  Nelson began his first year of medical school while still an undergraduate, and completed the four-year MD program in only three years. And so he does seem to always know what to do at the right time and that has become a hallmark of his ministry. Russell Nelson Jr. remembers his father teaching him how to maintain the home, from changing a light bulb to shoveling the walks and taking out the garbage, as well as other home duties. And we had the privilege of having Wendy Watson as a neighbor before their marriage. And weve had the blessing. We just need to be a child of God and we all are. Marsh has learned the importance of developing a relationship with Jesus Christ and following the prophet. And these are the kind of the old school Christmas lights, the glass bulbs, the thick gauge cables.  He was at the forefront of surgeons focusing attention on coronary artery disease, and contributed to the advance of valvular surgery as well. But I wouldnt say that its an overwhelming thought thats always at the forefront of my mind. , Nelson studied at LDS Business College in his mid-teens (concurrently with high school enrollment) and worked as an assistant secretary at a bank. Russell Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 9, 1924. And then number three, we normally would wait for Daddy, to have dinner together as a family. Russell M. Nelson Jr.: I remember the night when our mom passed away. Nelson was set apart as the quorum president on July 15, 2015, by Thomas S. Fishing. And while we were there, he met with some families in this meeting before the devotional. And really, you dont need to be the child of Russell and Dantzel Nelson to have those blessings. But Is the Real Name Too Long? And he had a Church assignment in England, it was the 150th anniversary of the Church in England. That doesnt sound like fun at all now as an adult, but somehow he made it seem like it was something that obviously, it needed to be done. I remember vividly baths with Daddy, he would get three or four of us in the tub at a time. , 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. And so thats probably one of the main lessons that I learned growing up about. And they said, Oh were just ordinary men in extraordinary callings. But kind of like I was saying earlier, I think, with my perspective of age, theyre a lot more than just ordinary men. He had a confirmation right then that this was a blessing that she went in a twinkling of an eye, basically, and kind of had to start accepting that. He said, I never left them. And, and then you look back. His wife and my mother had an amazing role in that as well, she said. And a constant forever is that routine of coming home and finding mother and greeting her and then having dinner together was always a great thing. Were pretty low maintenance, but maybe we had sisters or whatever. Russell M. Nelson Jr.: One of the main things that was taught, and it wasnt so much deliberately or explicitly expressed in this way, but again, it was mostly by example of how a mother and a father work together. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Youth Jesus Christ Friend to Friend 2021 A Visit with Sister Joy D. Jones, the Primary General President Activity: Draw a Child Praying Activity: Learn to Make Pictures from Rocks But we got the outdoor lights out and we were getting ready to put them up on the outside of the house. It wasnt me. He spent the next 29 years working in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. I think most of us took piano lessons and then got to choose another instrument, but music was really big. Russell M. Nelson Jr.: Oh, I dont know, Ive got a couple of funny stories, but I dont know. Laurie Marsh: But Daddy still will hand-write a birthday card and mail it to every single member of the family and Christmas and wedding anniversaries. Nelson's tenure as church president has been defined by an increased focus on worship within LDS temples. Youve made such an impact in that world of open heart surgery. And he says, Quite frankly, Laurie, I havent had time to think about it.  Nelson had previously characterized the 2015 policy as direction from God, stating "Each of us during that sacred moment felt a spiritual confirmation.  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. , In March 2018, the First Presidency issued a letter on preventing and responding to abuse. You know, Sunday mornings, I guess. Thats why were here, but they dont need to be a trial of our faith. And we, every one of us, has such a strong testimony, that hes here for such a time. I have felt during his leadership, the importance of living our lives focused on the Savior and that that should be our number one priority, no matter what were doing. In 1960, he performed one of the first-ever repairs of tricuspid valve regurgitation. Sister Nelson passed away in February 2005. All rights reserved. , 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 I just kind of said, What do you, what do you want us to do now? Asking from a point of, How can we help you? And Gloria, lets start with you. And so I know, for myself, that I didnt want to break the rules, because I didnt want to disappoint them. And it was a nice reinforcement of, you know, Dont worry about him. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, exits the Cottonwood Heights Utah Brighton Stake Center as the casket is placed into the hearse after President Nelson spoke at funeral services for his daughter Wendy Nelson Maxfield, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. I feel like we were so secure because we knew they were secure. Gloria Irion: I thought it was really a blessing. Sarah Jane Weaver: And you have nine girls, then Russ comes along. I dont know if it happened a ton or if its just that such a fond memory that I remember that, but he was pretty hands on. Why President Nelson's 5-year ministry is not so different from playing Scrabble, What President Russell M. Nelson's children have learned from him as a fathe - 15 de jan. de 2023 Music was something we love to do together, Irion said. What did your parents do to create that feeling in your family? , Nelson also served for eight years as the church's Sunday School General President. We just we land and thats what time it is and we move on. So Gloria Irion: I love in Sheri Dews biography, she quoted Wendy, after they came home from one of the world tours. And so he would try to teach me how to, from simple things like change a light bulb, to shovel the walks, or do the garbage and, you know, take care of things around the house. Hes curious. 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She, like my mother, is a very Christ-centered person. , In April 2019, the church's First Presidency published a revelation reversing a controversial November 2015 policy classifying same-sex marriage couples as apostates, and barring children of same-sex marriages from baby blessings, and from baptism until age 18. He and his wife, the former Dantzel White, have ten children. Watch this video that celebrates his love of children By Lindsey Williams December 22, 2020 04:57 PM MST In September, Church News shared what President Russell M. Nelson taught his 57 grandchildren and 140 great-grandchildren as part of his birthday celebration. And so, did your father get everyone up and ready for church? He did what he needed to do, he knew. We dont have time for that. So I didnt have a real close view of it, but I do remember asking him the same thing. And after about two weeks, I thought, Man, Im, Im getting tired and Im 14 years old. So hes, its pretty remarkable in that regard. 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