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President Nelson turns 94 today — here are 31 unique photos to celebrate his life

Sept. 9, 2018, marks the 94th birthday of President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his 94 years of life, President Nelson has accomplished many remarkable things. Some of those include raising ten children with his late wife Dantzel, graduating first in his class from medical school at the age of 22 and visiting 133 countries during his call as Apostle.

Since his call as president of the Church eight months ago, President Nelson has also visited 9 countries, including his visit last week to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Here are some additional numbers that have defined his life, work and service:

Years he's been alive: 94

President Russell M. Nelson reflects upon his new appointment as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Salt Lake City Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.
President Russell M. Nelson reflects upon his new appointment as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Salt Lake City Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Russell M. Nelson plays horseshoes.
Elder Russell M. Nelson plays horseshoes. Photo: IRI
President Russell M. Nelson salmon fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska, in July 2016.
President Russell M. Nelson salmon fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska, in July 2016. Photo: Family photo
President Russell M. Nelson sits down with a puzzle in his spare time.
President Russell M. Nelson sits down with a puzzle in his spare time. Photo: Courtesy Nelson family

Years married to the late Sister Dantzel Nelson: 59

Russell and Dantzel Nelson cut their wedding cake on Aug. 31, 1945.
Russell and Dantzel Nelson cut their wedding cake on Aug. 31, 1945. Photo: Nelson family
Dantzel White Nelson and Russell M. Nelson.
Dantzel White Nelson and Russell M. Nelson. Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Elder Russell M. Nelson and his first wife, Sister Dantzel White Nelson, who died in 2005.
Elder Russell M. Nelson and his first wife, Sister Dantzel White Nelson, who died in 2005. Photo: IRI

Years married to Sister Wendy Nelson: 12

President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, at Machu Picchu.
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, at Machu Picchu. Photo: Nelson family
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speak during Family Discovery Day at RootsTech on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speak during Family Discovery Day at RootsTech on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Photo: IRI
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson in Pennsylvania at the dedication of the newly developed Priesthood Restoration Site in 2015.
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Watson Nelson in Pennsylvania at the dedication of the newly developed Priesthood Restoration Site in 2015. Photo: Nelson family

Number of children: 10

President Russell M. Nelson and family.
President Russell M. Nelson and family. Photo: Nelson familiy
President Russell M. Nelson with family.
President Russell M. Nelson with family. Photo: Nelson family
Nelson family ski outing.
Nelson family ski outing. Photo: Nelson family

Number of grandchildren: 57

President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, with family at the temple.
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, with family at the temple. Photo: Courtesy Nelson family

Number of great-grandchildren: 119

President Russell M. Nelson with a great-granddaughter.
President Russell M. Nelson with a great-granddaughter. Photo: Nelson family
President Russell M. Nelson shares time with his great-grandson.
President Russell M. Nelson shares time with his great-grandson. Photo: Nelson family
President Russell M. Nelson with a great-grandson.
President Russell M. Nelson with a great-grandson. Photo: Nelson family
President Russell M. Nelson and a great-grandson.
President Russell M. Nelson and a great-grandson. Photo: Nelson family
President Russell M. Nelson with a great-grandchild.
President Russell M. Nelson with a great-grandchild. Photo: Nelson family
President Russell M. Nelson with daughter Sylvia and great grandchildren.
President Russell M. Nelson with daughter Sylvia and great grandchildren. Photo: Courtesy of the Nelson family
President Russell M. Nelson shows his phone to a great-granddaughter.
President Russell M. Nelson shows his phone to a great-granddaughter. Photo: Nelson family
Family photo
Family photo Photo: Nelson family

Heart surgeries performed: nearly 7,000

Dr. Russell M. Nelson during an operation.
Dr. Russell M. Nelson during an operation. Photo: Nelson family
Late LDS Church President Spencer W. Kimball speaks with Elder Russell M. Nelson, who performed life-saving open-heart surgery on President Kimball and now has followed in his footsteps to become president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Late LDS Church President Spencer W. Kimball speaks with Elder Russell M. Nelson, who performed life-saving open-heart surgery on President Kimball and now has followed in his footsteps to become president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo: Nelson family
Dr. Russell M. Nelson performs cardiac surgery.
Dr. Russell M. Nelson performs cardiac surgery. Photo: Nelson family
Dr. Russell M. Nelson holds a model of the human heart.
Dr. Russell M. Nelson holds a model of the human heart. Photo: Nelson family

Years served as an Apostle: 34

President Russell M. Nelson stands in his office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.
President Russell M. Nelson stands in his office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Russell M. Nelson talks about the change in ages for missionaries after the Saturday morning session of general conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.
Elder Russell M. Nelson talks about the change in ages for missionaries after the Saturday morning session of general conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, at the dedication of the Brigham City Temple.
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, at the dedication of the Brigham City Temple. Photo: Nelson family
Elder Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, leave the afternoon session of the 184th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
Elder Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, leave the afternoon session of the 184th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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