Russell Nelson

Russell Nelson


Russell Nelson is an American religious leader and former surgeon who is the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints born on September 9, 1924, In Utah, U.S

Family Background:

He is the son of Marion C. Nelson and Floss Edna Nelson. He had three siblings. His father was a journalist who worked for the Deseret News.

Personal Life:

On August 31, 1945, He married Dantzel White in the Salt Lake Temple. They had ten children together, Nine daughters and one son. On February 12, 2005, his wife died suddenly. After some years he married Canadian Nurse Wendy L. Watson.


He attended the Sunday School regularly. When He was 16 years old, He had been dipped and became a member of the LDS Church. Later He had attended the LDS Business College, concurrently with high school enrolment. In 1945, He had earned his B.A. degree and M.D. degree in 1947. He enrolled at the medical school while still working on his bachelor’s degree and had completed the four-year M.D. program a year early. After Completing M.D, He had enrolled at the University of Minnesota for surgical training and had doctoral studies. In 1951, He received his Ph.D.


In 1955, Russell Nelson bounded the University of Utah School of Medicine as a faculty member. Soon, He had developed his own heart-lung bypass machine and used it to perform the first open-heart surgery in the state of Utah at the Salt Lake General Hospital (SLGH). The patient had been an adult with an atrial septal defect. For a considerable period, He had served as the director of the University of Utah thoracic surgery residency program. In 1964, He was appointed as a post-president in Salt Lake City and would perform the duties the position required until 1971. He contributed eight years as the church’s Sunday School General President as well as four years as a regional representative. In 1965, Nelson had refused to join the University of Chicago as the head of their department of thoracic surgery. Rather, He had begun taking part in the administrative side of medicine and had subsequently chosen as the president of the Utah State Medical Association. He had also served as the Chairperson of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital. In 1985, He and his colleague Conrad B. Jenson went on Chinese opera performer Fang Rongxiang. Between 2007 and 2015, He worked as a member of the Church Boards of Trustees or Education, which is the governing body of the Church Educational System. He had later been elected as the chairman of its executive committee.

Russell Nelson

Unknown Facts:

  • He had served in the Korean War.
  • He is fluent in Mandarin.
  • He is the father of 10 children, Nine daughters, and one son.

Master Stroke:

  • A world-renowned heart surgeon, Nelson had helped develop the first artificial heart-lung machine.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1997, Russell M. Nelson won University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • In 2002, He had been awarded Heart of Gold Award.
  • He had received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement.
  • In June 2018, The University of Utah set up a chair in cardiothoracic surgery named after him and his late first wife Dantzel.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Russell Nelson, Learning is never ending process so never stop to learn new things.

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