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President Nelson becomes the Church’s longest-living latter-day Apostle

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President Russell M. Nelson speaks at the Missionary Training Center in Provo.
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Four months after he became the oldest President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson now has become the Church’s longest-living Apostle in this latter-day dispensation.

As of Aug. 8, 2022, President Nelson—who was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City—has lived for 35,764 total days, or just a day shy of 97 years and 11 months if using calendar dates.

Previously, Elder David B. Haight, who served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1976 to 2004, was the Church’s longest-living Apostle. Born Sept. 2, 1906, he had lived 35,763 days when he passed away on July 31, 2004. Online calculators credit that day total as 97 years, 10 months, and 30 days; comparing calendar dates it is just several days short of 97 years and 11 months.

On April 14 of this year, President Nelson turned 97 years, seven months, and six days old, and became the longest-living President of the Church, surpassing in age the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, who passed away in 2008 at 97 years, seven months and five days.

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Next month, President Nelson will celebrate his 98th birthday, on Sept. 9.

To read more about President Nelson’s life and find a list of the Church’s 10 longest-living latter-day Apostles, visit Church News.

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