95 Facts About President Nelson for His 95th Birthday

by | Sep. 07, 2019


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71. He did not serve a full-time mission due to the outbreak of war.

72. He has met all but six prophets of this dispensation (Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, and Joseph F. Smith).

73. He was called as the Bonneville Stake President in August 1945.

74. He was called as the general Sunday School president in June 1971 and served for eight years.

75. He ordained his father an elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood in 1977, while he was general Sunday School president.

76. He was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 1984.

77. He was one of the first apostles in 21 years to be called to the Quorum of the Twelve without first acting as a general authority. 

78. He was instrumental in helping the Church gain recognition in Russia.

79. He shared a gospel message with Mikhail Gorbchev.

80. He represented the Church in front of the IRS to determine if money spent to sustain missionaries could be eligible for a tax exemption.

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81. He was the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve to visit Kazakhstan, which he did in 2003.

82. He became President of the Quorum of the Twelve in 2015.

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83. His signature is on “The Living Christ” and he had a role in the creation of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

84. During his years as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he visited 134 countries and dedicated or participated in the dedication of 31 of those countries.

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85. He was ordained as the prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, after the passing of President Monson.

86. He is very tech-savvy and, after becoming the prophet, he was the first to have Wi-Fi and a computer installed in the President’s Office.

87. Unlike the two prophets before him, President Nelson never served in the First Presidency.

88. He went skiing as often as he could in the winter, up until he became the President of the Church and was discouraged from it.

89. He always takes the stairs instead of the elevator when leaving the temple.

90. He gave what is believed to be the first address by a President of the Church in a language other than his own.

91. He went on a historic world tour to meet with and talk to Saints in many places, including London, Jerusalem, Nairobi, Harare, Bengalaru, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Africa.

92. In 2018, he spoke to a crowd of over 49,000 people at a baseball stadium in Seattle.

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93. In his two years as the prophet, there have already been at least a dozen major changes, including the introduction of ministering, Come, Follow Me, the combining of the elder’s quorum, the shortening of Sunday meetings, a re-emphasis on the entire name of the Church, and temple-related changes.

94. South America was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel when he was only 15 months old. When he returned as a prophet, the continent had over 4 million members.

95. He was the first Latter-day Saint prophet to meet with a pope.

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