Latter-day Saints and friends of the faith will gather tonight in Salt Lake City to celebrate the 95th birthday of President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The prophet will be honored for his life of Christlike service.
Performing artists Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, GENTRI, The Bonner Family, Nathan Pacheco and Donny Osmond will join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the event, beginning at 8:00 p.m. mountains daylight time in the Conference Center.
The gala will share insights into the life, ministry and service of President Nelson. Videos will focus on how his career, family and ministry have shaped who he is as a special witness of Jesus Christ.
Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Seventy, a former sportscaster and professional football quarterback, and Ruth Todd, a former television news anchor, will emcee the celebration.
President Nelson was born September 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City. The global faith leader is a former heart surgeon. He was called from his profession and into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 1984. He also served as the Sunday School general president from 1971 to 1979. President Nelson became the 17th president of the Church in January 2018.
Tickets for the celebration have been distributed, but the event will be streamed live at ChurchofJesusChrist.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as on the Church satellite system, tabernaclechoir.org and the choir’s YouTube channeland Facebook page.
The broadcast will be available for on-demand viewing on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, tabernaclechoir.org and the choir’s YouTube channel immediately following the live broadcast on Friday, September 6, 2019, in the following languages: English, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and ASL.
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