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President Russell M. Nelson’s 5-year ministry as Church President

Jan. 14 marks five years since President Nelson became Church President. See Church News’ coverage of his ministry anniversary

President Russell M. Nelson was set apart as the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 14, 2018. Since then, he has traveled to 35 nations, changed Church organization, utilized technology, led the Church through a pandemic, issued historic invitations and built bridges of understanding while overseeing the continuing restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here are articles and coverage from the Church News about his five-year ministry as Church President. 

President Russell M. Nelson’s prophetic ministry: 5 years of historic leadership, revelation and invitations

President Russell M. Nelson, the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sits with his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor, right, at a press conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

When President Nelson, then 93, was set apart as the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 14, 2018, it was after serving 34 years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He brought a lifetime of preparation to his new position, including as a world-renowned surgeon, his service as the chairman of each of the Church’s three governing committees and visiting 133 countries in previous assignments.

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Three of President Russell M. Nelson’s children celebrate his 5 years as Prophet, offering a glimpse into his role as a father

Three of President Nelson’s 10 children — Gloria Irion, Laurie Marsh and Russell Nelson Jr. — discuss the lessons learned as children from their father in episode 118 of the Church News podcast. | Screenshot from YouTube

Three of President Nelson’s 10 children — Gloria Irion, Laurie Marsh and Russell Nelson Jr. — discuss the lessons learned as children from their father in episode 118 of the Church News podcast.

“You know, nothing that my dad does surprises me. Nothing. Everything amazes me, but nothing surprises me. He doesn’t look for anybody’s approval, but the Lord’s,” Laurie Marsh said.

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15 experiences of people who followed President Nelson’s invitations, including focusing on the temple, taking charge of testimony

President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022. | Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

The Church News asked readers to send in their experiences of following President Nelson’s invitations, including focusing on the temple and taking charge of their testimonies. Here are more than a dozen experiences.

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99 announcements and changes in the Church since President Nelson became Prophet 5 years ago

President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, leave at the end of the women’s session of the 192nd Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2022.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, leave at the end of the women’s session of the 192nd Annual General Conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2022. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

See a chronological list of some of the many announcements and changes that have happened in the Church in the last five years.

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Video: Favorite moments from President Nelson’s 5-year ministry

From left, Elder Alessandro Dini Ciacci, Area Seventy; Elder Massimo De Feo, General Authority Seventy; President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Mark Woodruff, President Nelson’s executive secretary, meet with Pope Francis, third from left, at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. | Photo provided by The Vatican

This Church News video, titled “Five Years of Leadership,” features a few favorite moments captured by the Church News during President Nelson’s historic ministry.

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Invitations President Nelson has given since he became Prophet

President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tours the renovation work at the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 22, 2021. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Throughout his ministry, President Nelson has used general conference, social media and other means to extend invitations.

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Sarah Jane Weaver: Why President Nelson’s 5-year ministry is not so different from playing Scrabble

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, wave to missionaries after speaking during a Brazil Brasilia Mission meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Just as he has worked out a formula to ensure a winning hand at Scrabble, the Prophet governs his life by following divine laws to receive blessings.

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