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SALT LAKE CITY — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is turning 95 — and he's invited "the world" to celebrate with him in September, according to a church news release.
"Acclaimed performers and distinguished guests will provide musical performances, personal tributes and tender insights into the life, ministry and service" of President Russell M. Nelson on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Conference Center in Salt Lake, the statement reads.
Thirty-four years ago, President Russell M. Nelson set aside his career as a world-renowned heart surgeon for what, to him, was the higher calling of apostolic ministry. In January 2018, he was named the 17th president of the church following the death of previous church president Thomas S. Monson. Latter-day Saints believe President Nelson is God's mouthpiece on the earth.
“These types of celebrations, which we have seen since the early years of the Church, give us inspiring insight into the lives of those chosen by God to serve as His prophets,” said President Dallin H. Oaks of the church's First Presidency.
“I have personally attended many such events for past prophets, and each time I leave with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the way in which our Father in Heaven shapes, trains and teaches His prophets. It will be a privilege for all of us to participate and to celebrate President Nelson’s 95th birthday.”
Details about the event's performers and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are free and will be available at ChurchofJesusChrist.org beginning July 30 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be limited to two per individual.