Video: A look at how President Nelson is ‘building bridges’ with world leaders

In the two years since he was called as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson has traveled the world meeting with leaders — including leaders of religious, government, civic and charity groups.

His personalized approach to meeting with leaders and finding common ground with them allows individuals to feel something, explained Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who traveled with President Nelson during his Latin America Ministry in August.

“They leave having felt like they were with a prophet,” Elder Cook said.

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Whether he is meeting with stadium-filled crowds of Latter-day Saints or one on one with world leaders, President Nelson has demonstrated a constant goal “to build bridges of cooperation rather than walls of segregation,” as he stated during a speech at the 110th annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in July.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greets Sheik Mohammad Amir and Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shakes hands with Dr. Mustafa Farouk in Auckland, New Zealand on May 21, 2019.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greets Sheik Mohammad Amir and Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shakes hands with Dr. Mustafa Farouk in Auckland, New Zealand on May 21, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News

“President Nelson is a leader,” said Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “He brings the love of God. He says strong families make strong communities, strong communities make strong countries.”

President Nelson has a gift for caring, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said.

“I think all of us can cultivate that gift of caring and of the pure love of Christ in our lives,” he said. “It’s all about the people.”