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President Russell M. Nelson celebrates 98th birthday

Sep 9, 2022, 8:00 PM | Updated: Jan 4, 2023, 2:45 pm

President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrated his 98t...

President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrated his 98th birthday on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrated his 98th birthday Friday.

According to a news release, President Nelson became the oldest president in the history of the church on April 14, 2022. 

President Nelson spent his 98th birthday participating in meetings. He also took part in other duties at the Church Administration Building on Temple Square.

President Nelson was ordained as the 17th church president on Jan. 14, 2018, following the death of President Thomas S. Monson, who had served as church president since 2008. 

“He is an inspired and wise leader and the gentlest and sweetest person you could ever hope to associate with,” said Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, on the years of service and dedication by President Nelson.

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, says President Nelson is inspired in how he leads and directs the church.

“Every time we walk out of the office, President Oaks and I say, ‘It happened again.’ You’ll just see revelation come. You’ll see him ask for counsel. And then the decision will come and everybody in the room knows it is right and from God. He just quietly says, ‘I think this is what the Lord would want us to do.’ It’s just time after time.”

Bonneville International Corporation, the company that owns KSL NewsRadio, is a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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