Elder Russell M. Nelson is celebrating his 90th birthday today!
1. Elder Nelson finished medical school in three years, becoming an M.D. at 22 years old and graduating with highest honors. As an intern at the University of Minnesota, he and his team developed the first machine that performed the functions of a patient's heart and lungs during open-heart surgery.
2. He interrupted his education to serve medical duty for two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War, stationed in Korea, Japan, and Washington D.C.
3. He was a stake president in Salt Lake City for over six years, and Joseph B. Wirthlin was his second counselor.
Elder Nelson supports Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, whose knees locked as he was giving his talk.
Elder Quentin L. Cook turns 74 today! Learn more about him and wish him a happy birthday.
1. Elder Cook is the great-great-grandson of apostle Heber C. Kimball, and great-grandson of David Patten Kimball, who helped carry members of the Martin Handcart Company across the Sweetwater River.
2. At age 16, he got to represent Utah at a national debate event, and there he met current and future U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford.
We don't have a picture of that, but here he is with First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited Church HQ in 2008.
3. He served a mission to the British Isles and was mission companions with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
4. He has known his wife, Mary, since junior high, where he was student-body president and she was student-body vice president. They were married in the Logan Utah Temple on November 30, 1962.
With general conference a few weeks away, brush up on your knowledge of this amazing building where we gather to listen to modern-day prophets.
All photos courtesy of LDS.org.
1. The conference center is the largest theater-style auditorium ever built.
2. It was originally designed to hold 26,000 people. Instead it can seat 21,000 in the main auditorium and an additional 900 in a smaller auditorium.
3. The center sits on a ten-acre plot, just like Jerusalem's temple did.
4. It's built to withstand an earthquake up to an 8.4 on the richter scale.
5. An additional 18 million pounds could still be put on the roof without it collapsing.
6. The building is intended to last at least 150 years.
Don't senior missionaries need a lot of money and to be in extraordinary health to serve? Find out the truth behind these and other misconceptions about senior missions.
There is a great need for more senior missionaries, but a few myths about serving have kept some senior members from signing up. Learn the truth behind what it takes to be a senior missionary:
Misconception #1: You have to be married to serve a senior mission. While many senior missionaries do serve as couples, there are also opportunities available for single senior sisters to serve. You can review the Senior Missionary Opportunities Bulletin for a list of current openings at www.lds.org/senioropportunities. This list is updated weekly.
Misconception #2: Senior missionaries are too old to learn a foreign language. It is never too late in life to keep learning, and by being willing to serve in a foreign language area, seniors open up possibilities that they may never have imagined. While some older missionaries may not become as fluent as the young missionaries, anyone can learn to communicate on a simple level. Sometimes, a weakness in speaking even invites the Spirit and the sympathy of the local people. There are vast areas of the world that need the service of senior missionaries. The Lord can use us and in spite of our limitations, and we will be an influence for good. Don’t forget the gifts of the Spirit which include the gift of tongues; missionaries are blessed to learn languages, including older missionaries!
In today's world, family-friendly entertainment is hard to come by. But before 2014 ends, there are a few clean (and well-made) family flicks you might not have heard of that you don't want to miss!
Navigating the questionable waters of Hollywood movies can be tricky business, and as we learned last general conference, "one should not roam through garbage." Spare yourself the trouble of roaming through the Hollywood trash heap, and check out these good stories well-made that you might not have heard before and are being released before the end of the year.
For more help finding appropriate movies for your family, you can also check out family movie reviewers like the Mormon Movie Guy.
September 12, Rated PG, 96min
A young, gifted football player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.
Inspired by true events. Coached by a legend. A little boy goes from thief to footballer... as he chases his dreams. Watch this story and believe!