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President Russell M Nelson visits with Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe.

The news that senior apostle Russell M. Nelson Sr. has been sustained as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a cause for great joy not only for those within his church but for so many of us who have had the honor and privilege of working with the leadership of the LDS Church over the years.

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I will be always grateful to President Nelson for his kindness to me during my time in Salt Lake City. His warmth and goodness were readily evident as he brought his healing skills from the medical profession into his service as an apostle. As I congratulate President Nelson I also offer my prayers and best wishes as he assumes his new responsibilities. May God bless him with continued good health so that he may follow his call with a generous spirit and a joyful heart.

The Most Rev. John C. Wester is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the former Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.