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Russell M. Nelson
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Elder Russell M. Nelson was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 7, 1984.

An internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher, Dr. Nelson received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah (1945, 47). Honorary scholastic societies include Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. 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. degree in 1954. 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.

His professional work included the positions of research professor of surgery and director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Utah and chairman of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Author of numerous publications and chapters in medical textbooks, Elder Nelson lectured and visited professionally throughout the United States and in many other nations prior to his call as a General Authority. A host of awards and honors have come to him, including the Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Utah; the Heart of Gold Award from the American Heart Association; a citation for International Service from the American Heart Association; and the Golden Plate Award, presented by the American Academy of Achievement. He has been awarded honorary professorships from three universities in the People’s Republic of China.

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.

He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Religion.

Elder Nelson has held numerous positions of responsibility in the Church. 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. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, he was serving as a regional representative assigned to the Kearns Utah Region. He had previously served as regional representative for Brigham Young University.

Born September 9, 1924, Elder Nelson is the son of Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson. He and his wife, the former Dantzel White, have ten children. Sister Nelson passed away in February 2005. In April 2006, he married Wendy L. Watson.

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  • University of Utah
    M.D., 1947
  • University of Minnesota
    Ph.D., 1954
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Listen as Elder Nelson and others speak of the miraculous growth of the Lord's Church in Brazil.
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"We join this Church so that our families can be together forever."

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Brazil is what I call a part of the heart of the Church.

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Elder Nelson recently returned from an extended visit to the Pacific Area where he, his wife, and other general authorities visited members in many countries and territories. http://bit.ly/1nHbDdz
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"The Lord uses the unlikely to accomplish the impossible."

With six existing temples in Brazil and two more announced, see how faith in Christ is blossoming in the country.
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Russell M. Nelson receives Surgical Alumnus of the Year Award 
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"You can change. You can ‘come unto Christ, and be perfected in him.’” –Russell M. Nelson
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Join us as Russell M. Nelson speaks at general conference. #ldsconf
 
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The April 2014 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held April 5-6, 2014.

General conference is a semiannual worldwide gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in which Church members and others meet in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders.
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