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President Nelson celebrates 98th birthday and shares gratitude for cards, birthday wishes

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A happy birthday banner, silver balloons of the numbers 98 and cake adorn President Russell M. Nelson’s desk as he stands behind it and smiles The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
President Russell M. Nelson smiles as he holds a card with birthday wishes from a Primary group The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Friday, Sept. 9, was more than just another day in the office for President Russell M. Nelson, as the President of the Church celebrated his 98th birthday.

President Nelson participated in meetings and other duties at the Church Administration Building on Temple Square, according to ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Born Sept. 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City, he became the oldest President in Church history earlier this year, on April 14.

He expressed appreciation for the many cards and well-wishes he received for his birthday.

Church President Russell M. Nelson admires cards and letters he received marking his 98th birthday. He is spending the day participating in meetings and other duties at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Of President Nelson’s life and service, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, said: “He is an inspired and wise leader and the gentlest and sweetest person you could ever hope to associate with.”

Added President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor: “Every time we walk out of the office, President Oaks and I say, ‘It happened again.’ You’ll just see revelation come. You’ll see him ask for counsel, and then the decision will come, and everybody in the room knows it is right and from God. He just quietly says, ‘I think this is what the Lord would want us to do.’ It’s just time after time.”

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President Russell M. Nelson smiles as he holds a card with birthday wishes from a Primary group
Church President Russell M. Nelson celebrates his 98th birthday admiring cards and letters received. He is spending the day participating in meetings and other duties in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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