From graduating with a medical degree at the age of 22 to performing open heart surgery on a prophet of the Lord, President Russell M. Nelson’s life has been one full of genius, service, compassion, accomplishment, and even heartbreak. Amidst the trials and successes of his vibrant life is one common thread: a love of the Lord. As this love has motivated and shaped President Nelson’s ambitions and actions, it’s easy to see the hand of the Lord guiding and directing President Nelson into the prophet he is today.
At times, our Heavenly Father has even sent angels to protect our prophet and preserve him for a greater work. In his book Accomplishing the Impossible, President Nelson wrote:
“The Lord made a promise to those faithfully engaged in His service. He said: ‘I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.’
"My wife Wendy and I are the beneficiaries of that promise. On one occasion, we were attacked by armed men with malicious intent. They announced their purpose: to kidnap her, and to kill me. After they maliciously molested us in those evil objectives, they became totally foiled. A gun to my head failed to fire. And my wife was suddenly released from their hideous grasp. Then they disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. We were mercifully rescued from potential disaster. We know we were protected by angels round about us. Yes, the Lord’s precious promise had been invoked in our behalf.”
Between literal unseen angels that have intervened in President Nelson’s behalf and the living angels that have been put in his path, the life of our new prophet demonstrates the love of our Heavenly Father and His guiding hand in our Church today.