September Event to Celebrate President Nelson’s 95th Birthday

Contributed By Aubrey Eyre, Church News staff writer

  • 14 March 2019

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, meets with youth in the Rome Temple Visitors' Center prior to a youth devotional in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

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  • Birthday celebration for President Nelson is September 6 at 7:00 p.m. MDT
  • Reserve free tickets beginning July 30 at 10:00 a.m.

“It will be a privilege for all of us to participate and to celebrate President Nelson’s 95th birthday.” —President Dallin H. Oaks

A celebration in honor of the 95th birthday of President Russell M. Nelson will bring together family, friends, and others from around the world to honor the life of the living prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Newsroom announced on March 14, that the large celebration for President Nelson's birthday will be held on September 6 at 7:00 p.m. mountain daylight time at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The celebration will include acclaimed performers, and distinguished guests will share personal tributes and insights into the life and ministry of President Nelson.

“These types of celebrations, which we have seen since the early years of the Church, give us inspiring insight into the lives of those chosen by God to serve as His prophets,” said President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency. “I have personally attended many such events for past prophets, and each time I leave with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the way in which our Father in Heaven shapes, trains, and teaches His prophets. It will be a privilege for all of us to participate and to celebrate President Nelson’s 95th birthday.”

President Nelson, 94, was set apart as the 17th President of the Church on January 14, after serving 34 years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In addition to his service as an Apostle, President Nelson is known for his long and esteemed medical career.

His legacy continues “in the lives of many physicians who are cardiovascular surgeons who were trained under his watchful eye,” Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, a doctor and General Authority Seventy, told the Church News following President Nelson’s call to lead the Church in January 2018.

Dr. Russell M. Nelson holds a model of the human heart. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family.

As a father of 10 children, President Nelson is also known by many as a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He also has more energy than most people his age, said President Oaks in a Church News article. “I always try to keep up with him and I can’t do it. I grab hold of the banister to balance and I skip along as well as I can.”

President Nelson is only the second prophet—the first being Joseph Fielding Smith—to be called as President of the Church while over the age of 90.

Tickets for the free event celebrating President Nelson's 95th birthday will become available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org beginning July 30 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be limited to two tickets per individual.

Read more about the event on Newsroom.

President M. Russell Ballard and President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints react to an photograph taken earlier in the day of themselves in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson on a swing. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family.

President Russell M. Nelson salmon fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska, in July 2016. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. Photo courtesy of Elder Mervyn B. Arnold.

President Russell M. Nelson poses with family members. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walks with his wife Sister Wendy Nelson in the Rome Italy Temple visitors center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Italy on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of The Vatican.