They also supported their son in his education, which he pursued diligently. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. I doubt that they were required to have a chaperone. Prior to becoming an LDS Church apostle, he was an internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon. When he arrived, they talked for a while (I have no idea what they talked about) and then he proposed to her. Sister Oaks happens to be a close family friend. Cool, I rarely find people that agree with me. She is one of the finest women you would ever meet. I didn’t know that George W. Bush participated on these Mormon blogs. “No one talks around here about age or how old we feel, how creaky our bones are.”. “I remember him standing in front of the class .... talking to us about what he did. I think maybe that’s how he balances things.”, Russell Nelson Jr. said people often ask him what it is like to be an Apostle’s son. Without ever experiencing marriage she teaches classes and writes books? 81 yrs old and he needs to get married again after creating a beautiful family with his 1st wife?? He taught his children to ski between his legs, to ride a bike, and to drive. He held an artificial heart valve in his hand and explained how it worked. President Russell M. Nelson on a swing. Russell Marion Nelson Sr. is an American surgeon and religious leader who is currently the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church). President Spencer W. Kimball speaks with Elder Russell M. Nelson, who performed life-saving open-heart surgery on President Kimball and now has followed in his footsteps to become President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. It was very sweet and very giving to each other.”. Oh… and divulging personal details is really crude, all you friends of friends of cousins and mothers of Apostles. At the same time, I must admit that some of the details are just kind of funny. It would do us all some good from time to time to reflect on “newlywedness.”. No pun intended. Elder Schwitzer, himself, was once inspired by Dr. Nelson. She is one of the finest women you will ever meet. Probably a lot more understanding of the spirit as well which probably makes things go a lot quicker. Speculation and opinions are really unnecessary aren’t they? She has many qualities and talents that will be of great strengthen to Elder Nelson. In "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives" he encourages us to stretch our spiritual abilities. Even stranger is the woman he married is a MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR at BYU who has NEVER BEEN MARRIED BEFORE HERSELF! In Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle, readers are treated to an intimate portrayal that will help us come to know Elder Nelson as a man of testimony, a dedicated husband and father of ten, and a servant whose principal desire since his youth has been to serve God's children. A man of perfect pitch that plays the organ during quorum meetings, President Nelson often addresses Latter-day Saints in their native tongues and is “the best writer in the Quorum of the Twelve,” said President Oaks. President Nelson’s son, Russell Nelson Jr., said his father can still snow ski all day. It certainly isn’t my place to reveal any details I happen to know and I would encourage others that happen to know them to respect their privacy. “I have seen the Lord magnify him and bless him and shape him for this hour,” said Elder Holland. How wonderful that one of the first talks President Russell M. Nelson gives in General Conference is about revelation. Lets not turn this thread into one of either reporting on or speculating on the peculiarities of dating apostles. Having your last unmarried best friend get hitched when you are 25 must be hard, but if you are 50 something, it must make you feel very sad indeed. You guys need to liven things up a bit here. First and foremost, he said, President Nelson is kind. Title: Fathers of the Prophets: From Joseph Smith Jr. to Russell M. Nelson Author: Susan Arrington Madsen, Emily Madsen Jones, and Rebecca Madsen Thornton Publisher: Deseret Book Genre: Non-fiction Year Published: 2020 Number of Pages: 292 Binding: Hardback ISBN: 978-1-62872-448-5 Price: 27.99 Reviewed by Mark Tensmeyer for the Association for Mormon Letters If my wife were to pass on, I know that I wouldn’t be the playboy that I once was when I was first dating. I’m curious why someone’s mentioning an apostle’s courting by sharing dinner with a woman could be thought disrespectful. Russell Nelson Jr., the youngest, is 34. “I always try to keep up with him and I can’t do it,” said President Oaks. “He may be the man for whom the word ‘gentleman’ was created. The Nelson posterity of 10 children and 57 grandchildren now includes 116 great-grandchildren. I feel kind of bad for Sherri Dew. Russell Nelson Jr., the chief financial officer at ThomasARTS in Salt Lake City, said his father directly taught him to treat his mother, sisters, wife and daughter with respect. He served from 1991-1993, very early after the area had been reopened to missionaries in 1989. GWB, I’m really not interested in nastiness entering this thread. To be seen squiring various women from dinner to theater to concert would be to be tagged as a “womanizer”. As a 9- or 10-year-old boy, Russell Nelson got on a street car and made his way downtown to Deseret Book, she recounted. In that capacity “he was a physician filled with love for those whom he could serve.”. Many widowers I know who remarry have known the woman they end up marrying for some time. some of my family know elder oaks current wife. So to anyone who chooses to make negative comments. If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Russell M Nelson’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal … Russell and Dantzel Nelson cut their wedding cake on August 31, 1945. Sister Owens said President Nelson has a strong relationship with each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren—sending handwritten birthday, Christmas, and anniversary cards. To turn things upside down, I have to say she is an incredible woman who can see right through people, and it would take someone as pure as an Apostle to befit her standards. I imagine that Wendy Watson’s life study of marriage and family was perfect preparation for her marriage to an Apostle. She said he approached her. I do remember how he inspired me.”. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. The first date was dinner with her parents at her parents’ home — she specifically mentioned that he didn’t want to be seen together in public, primarily out of consideration for her situation if the relationship didn’t work out (I can image — “Oh, yes, she’s the one who was dumped by an Apostle” . And it does put a new light on his comments. Elder Nelson’s talk about observing a young married couple on a plane makes more sense now, as does his stern admonition against lewd talk between married couples. Right away he began thinking of the principle that all things work under the direction of laws, and so he must be able, if he learned the laws of the heart well enough, to imitate its functions in order to perform life-saving operations. “He would be made head of the department. And people teach subjects all the time without having first hand experience with the subject: The Napoleonic Wars, Astronomy and the birth of stars, Quantum Mechanics, African Geography, Atomic Fusion, etc. And there are all sorts of interviews with her on the topic of marriage. In Washington DC, he was a counselor in the bishopric of the ward Ezra Taft Benson, then an apostle, regularly attended while serving as Secretary of Agriculture to Dwight D. Eisenhower. During his 34 years as an apostle, President Nelson has visited 133 countries, participating in the dedications of 31 of those countries and opening doors for the Church in Eastern Europe and China. I’m not sure I buy the chaperoning thing either, but could see it if it was a security escort that was unrelated to two old people out and about. 2. The talks were both excellent and inspired, and Sister Oaks talked very happily about marrying later in life (I think she was in her 40s when she married for the first time). One assumes they couldn’t just go out for Indian food on a Friday night without starting rumors. They might come up with a few helpful things, but counseling requires more expertise than “Don’t go to bed angry” and other advice that people give newlyweds. President Ballard also recalled President Nelson checking on the late Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "And," he said, "I get the impression that it wouldn't have been any different had there been 10 sons. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. And to marry someone who has not been sealed to anyone else. To answer your question, GWB, some single people know a great deal more that is true about marriage than some people who are married. “He has always been one who has written extensively in the medical literature, he has participated in studies that have advanced the knowledge of cardiovascular surgery.”, His legacy is “now in the lives of many physicians who are cardiovascular surgeons who were trained under his watchful eye.”. I have also always been interested in what it would be like to be the second sealed wife of a formerly sealed widow. In Minnesota, he served as what was then known as Sunday School Superintendent in his local congregation. It seems to me that having one would be wise and prudent for someone in Elder Oaks’s position. My grandfather was not an apostle, but he had been the stake president and then the patriarch (for nearly 20 years) of the one stake in the small Arizona town where he lived. He met with then-Church President David O. McKay. “I am sure it is hard to walk into a family of 200-plus people and feel like you are close friends,” said Sister Webster. 1. I read a book by the new wife of Ronald Poelman, whose wife, I believe, died of cancer. President Nelson comes to the position as President of the Church at age 93—the oldest in the Quorum. President Russell M. Nelson has often related the fateful day in medical school when he was instructed never to touch the human heart. Several months after his second wife died (when he was 75), he married a woman, a few years his junior, whom he had known for nearly 50 years. 151k Likes, 909 Comments - Russell M. Nelson (@russellmnelson) on Instagram: “Today—and every day—I am thankful for the guidance of strong, valiant women in my life. When I lived in Brazil, Elder Oaks and his wife came to our stake to speak on the importance of marriage. A young Russell Nelson was curious. This is the second marriage for Elder Nelson and the first for Wendy Watson.” She’s a professor at BYU, getting ready to retire in a few weeks. (trying not to smile). Four of Russell M. Nelson's sons-in-law have been called as mission presidents (one was additionally called as a temple president), potentially saving his family thousands of dollars in tuition money if his grandchildren chose to attend a church school . I also lived in Boston until recently, but am a distinct person and I have never posed as DKL and I’m unaware of him posing as me. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, with family at the temple. President Russell M. Nelson was sustained and set apart as the 17th president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in … I have often pondered this about Elder Oaks and his wife. His career in medicine included receiving doctoral degrees from the University of Utah and University of Minnesota, and additional advanced work in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. The news proviked an immediate gasp of gladness. In fact, as President Russell M. Nelson points out, His pattern is one of "using the unlikely to accomplish the impossible." People marry for companionship. President Russell M. Nelson salmon fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska, in July 2016. He is very, very kind.”. This was great news. Plenty of happily married people wouldn’t have a clue how to counsel people regarding their marriage. According to google, she is a longtime (never married) marital therapist. It was Elder Nelson, it was Apostle Nelson, it was Prophet, Seer, and Revelator Nelson. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. This development of the artificial heart-lung machine made open-heart surgery possible; President Nelson performed the first surgery of that kind in Utah in 1955. Are you a big cheese? Sister Dew said many things can be learned from his pioneering surgical experiences. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. And anyone who thinks that a marital therapist has to be married would be astounded at what the Spirit has taught her about marriage and what she teaches other married therapists. If she or Elder Oaks want to divulge courtship details in public they are obviously free to do so. He and his wife, Dantzel, selected a neighborhood where they could raise their nine daughters (the Nelson’s 10th child, a son, was born later) and contemplated the professional and research opportunities the job would afford. “I don’t really remember understanding everything he said medically. I have not heard of an application process but I know that a young lady acted as a “chaperone” for Elder and Sister Oaks. Discretion is advised. President Russell M. Nelson stands in his office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. I posted this news because it is happy news! The logistics of “dating” a member of the Q12 must be something else. there is an application process for dating widowed apostles. This partly explains why some single people get married and successfully stay married while some married people get divorced and remarry mulitple times. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said that when he had heart bypass surgery in 1995, he awoke to learn that President Nelson had “stood over the surgeon” during the entire procedure. I posted this news because it is happy news! He’s always been consistent. She is a fabulous person and the most gifted therapist I have ever met. Elder Russell M. Nelson brings to the Quorum of the Twelve the same dedication and devotion, the same energy and enthusiasm that he gave to his work as a heart surgeon. It is virtually impossible to date, in the conventional sense of the term. . In her defense, I think the critiques and speculations here are totally unfair of her. “He’s always been the same,” he said. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. Lonely in your 80’s? She is truly a spiritual giant. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. The woman, if she did not know him well, would probably assume that he had received a “revelation”, and would be heartbroken if he decided she was not what he was looking for. Click here for the lowest price. He would have a salary through the roof. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. “He gave the Lord a wonderful package of raw material to work with, but I have seen the Lord bless him and mold him into becoming the prophet of the Lord that we sustain him to be.”. One thing I have learned is that no amount of scripture study, fasting, prayer or family time can compensate for the loneliness felt from the loss of a spouse. Russell Nelson, Jr. Birthdate: estimated between 1886 and 1946 : Death: circa 1969 (Suicide) Immediate Family: Son of Russell Nelson, Sr. and Laura Nelson Husband of Joyce Nelson Father of Private; William Nelson; Private; Private; Stephen Nelson and 2 others. An application process? In 2006, he married Wendy L. Watson. Let’s have a little more respect for the Apostles of our Lord! Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family. There’s no doubt that he is the man for her, regardless of her age. President Russell M. Nelson reflects upon his new appointment as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Are you really GWB? It was faith.”. 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