Russell M. Nelson, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will share a special video message with the world on November 20, 2020, at 6:00 pm (Ghana & Ivory Coast) 7:00 pm (Nigeria & Benin ).
This 11-minute video will focus on ways we can find hope and healing through Jesus Christ during this time of significant global fracture and instability. It will be published on President Nelson’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and on the Church’s main YouTube channel in 31 languages.* The video will be available immediately afterward to watch on-demand and for download on africawest.churchofjesuschrist.org and in the Church’s Gospel Media.
The following television stations across Africa West Area will broadcast the Prophet's special message on November 20.
President Nelson has been an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ since 1984. He became the senior leader of the Church in January 2018. His time as president has been marked by global ministry (he has visited 32 countries and U.S. territories), increased construction of temples (our most sacred spaces), and profound organizational change. Beginning in the April 2018 general conference in which he was sustained as the president of the Church, President Nelson began introducing frequent adjustments designed to help the Saints minister more like Jesus Christ and better emphasize the centrality of the Savior of the world in all the Church does.
Prior to becoming a global faith leader, President Nelson was a pioneering heart surgeon. As a surgical resident in Minnesota in 1951, he helped research and develop the first heart-lung machine used in an open-heart operation. He performed the first open-heart surgery in Utah in 1955. He served as president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, chairman of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery for the American Heart Association and president of the Utah State Medical Association. He authored numerous chapters in medical textbooks and other publications. He lectured at and visited professionally many organizations throughout the United States and other nations.
President Nelson is a father to 10 (nine girls and one boy), grandfather to 57, and great-grandfather to 127. His first wife (and the mother of their 10 children), Dantzel, died nearly 16 years ago. Two of their daughters (Wendy and Emily) have died from cancer. He and his second wife, Wendy, have been married since 2006.