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    Monday, February 14, 2005

    Sister Dantzel Nelson passes away

    On 12 February 2005, Sister Dantzel Nelson, wife of Elder Russel M. Nelson, passed away unexpectedly in Salt Lake City Utah. Elder Nelson is a world-renowned heart surgeon who pioneered a medical procedure reducing the size of malformed valves thereby restoring efficiency and saving the lives of many people born with the congenital defect. He is know a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Sister Nelson played the often unrecognized or unappreciated role of wife and mother. She supported him and raised children while he went through medical school, and served in the community on PTA boards and in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    Elder Nelson said it best just six days earlier, when he said "I have been inspired well by this woman of faith who stood beside me all these years. Blessings that mean the most to me have come because of her." ("FAITH AND FAMILIES," Elder Russell M. Nelson, CES Fireside for Young Adults, 6 February 2005, Brigham Young University

    I think this is a time to remember not only Sister Nelson, but all the women who so often stand silently to the side of their husbands, supporting them and making it possible for great things to come to pass.

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