Our Prophet: President Russell M. Nelson

President Russell M. Nelson is the current prophet and leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 9, 1924. President Nelson has been a faithful member of the church his entire life and has dedicated his life to serving others.

Early Life and Education

President Nelson was born to a family of faithful members of the church. His parents taught him the importance of faith, hard work, and dedication to service. As a young man, he served as a missionary for the church in various parts of the world, including France and the United States.

After completing his mission, President Nelson returned to Utah to attend the University of Utah, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. He later went on to attend medical school at the University of Utah, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1951.

Career and Service

After completing medical school, President Nelson served in the United States Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He later returned to Utah to begin his medical practice, where he became a well-respected and highly skilled heart surgeon.

Throughout his medical career, President Nelson always made time to serve others. He served as the president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, as well as the president of the Utah State Medical Association.

In addition to his medical practice, President Nelson also dedicated a significant portion of his time to serving in the church. He served as the president of the church’s Salt Lake City Temple, as well as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, one of the highest governing bodies of the church.

Prophet and Leader

In January 2018, following the death of former church President Thomas S. Monson, President Nelson was called to serve as the 17th prophet and leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since becoming prophet, President Nelson has worked tirelessly to inspire and uplift members of the church around the world. He has traveled to numerous countries to meet with members and deliver messages of hope and encouragement.

President Nelson has also made several significant changes to the church’s organizational structure and practices. In 2018, he announced a change in the way the church’s young men and young women programs would be organized and administered, with a focus on more personalized and home-centered learning.

In addition, President Nelson has emphasized the importance of temple worship and has announced plans to build several new temples around the world. He has also encouraged members to increase their personal and family involvement in genealogy and family history work.


President Russell M. Nelson is a devoted servant of Jesus Christ and a beloved leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His life has been one of service and dedication, both in his medical practice and in his service to the church.

As prophet and leader, President Nelson has brought a renewed focus on Christ-centered living and personal revelation. His messages of hope and encouragement have inspired millions of members around the world, and his efforts to improve and modernize the church have brought renewed energy and vitality to the organization.

As faithful members of the church, we are blessed to have President Nelson as our leader. We look forward to his continued guidance and inspiration in the coming General Conference!

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