Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Russell M. Nelson
June 2005

“Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Russell M. Nelson,” Friend, June 2005, 13

Special Witness:

Getting to Know Elder Russell M. Nelson

Elder Russell M. Nelson
Clues about Elder Nelson

Illustrated by Val Chadwick Bagley

To learn more about Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, match the pictures above with the clues below.

  1. When he was young, Elder Nelson had many part-time jobs: running errands for his father’s advertising company, working in a bank, working in a photo studio, and working at this place.

  2. He has perfect pitch and has sung in many choirs, including award-winning quartets. He also plays this instrument.

  3. In college he worked hard. He started his career at age 22 as one of these.

  4. He met his wife, Dantzel White, while they were both performing in a university play. They were married here on August 31, 1945.

  5. He worked on a team that made medical history by developing a machine that could perform the functions of the lungs and this body part while a patient was undergoing surgery.

  6. During the Korean War, he served two years of military medical duty in Korea, the United States, and this country.

  7. He has this many daughters and one son.

  8. As a family they read scriptures together, had family home evening, and ate meals together. They also enjoyed playing musical instruments, swimming, playing tennis, and riding these.

  9. Elder Nelson calls this winter sport one of his “greatest loves.”

  10. Elder Nelson enjoys getting up early to study the scriptures, pray, and play these songs on the organ. That way his mind is “filled with good things—the scriptures and fine music.”

(See Ensign, Jun. 1984, 8–13.)


  • 1) G, 2) F, 3) E, 4) A, 5) D, 6) H, 7) B, 8) C, 9) J, 10) I.