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President Nelson turns 96, shares boyhood photo and message for church members

President Russell M. Nelson posted this boyhood photo of himself on his Facebook and Instragram accounts on his 96th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson shared a boyhood photo on social media on Wednesday, the 96th birthday for the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Today I am 96 years old!” he wrote in a post that appeared on Facebook and Instagram. “Many years have passed since this photo was taken when I was a young boy, and in those years I have been blessed richly with opportunities to meet and come to love God’s children all over the world. I have also witnessed many miracles and mercies from the Lord.”

He also addressed well-wishers in the posts.

“Many of you have wished me a happy birthday. I wish to thank you and express my love for all who read this,” he said. “The Lord loves you, and I am a witness that He is in the details of our lives.”

President Nelson’s posts drew more than 35,000 birthday wishes and 216,000 likes on the two social media platforms as of early Wednesday evening.

His birthday came less than a week after President Nelson became the third oldest prophet-president to lead the church, surpassing President Joseph Fielding Smith. Once called to the presidency, a prophet serves for the remainder of his life. Only President Gordon B. Hinckley and President David O. McKay lived longer in the position.