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Thousands gather to celebrate 95th birthday of LDS prophet

Enthusiastic “happy birthday” wishes echoed through the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as thousands gathered on Friday evening to celebrate the birthday of President Russell M. Nelson.

“He has more love for people than almost anyone I’ve ever been around in my life,” said President Henry B. Eyring in a video tribute. “He not only loves us, he sees the best in us.”

The celebration included performances by Donny Osmond, GENTRI, the Bonner Family, Jenny Oaks Baker and the Family Four and the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Nelson himself performed the piano solo “Prelude in C minor” by Frederic Chopin on a video recording.

Attendees also gave a standing ovation to the Bonner Family and Nathan Pacheco, who performed “Nessun Dorma,” or “None Shall Sleep,” a tenor aria from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot.

Other musical numbers ranged from melodies from “The Sound of Music” and “Quest for Camelot” to soft and rousing hymn arrangements.

“He’s such a good listener to people,” said President Dallin H. Oaks. “He’s good at understanding the impact of decisions on a variety of different people.”

Nelson has served as the church prophet since the death of former president Thomas S. Monson in January 2018.

Since his appointment, Nelson has championed for various recent changes in the faith, including encouraging members to use the full name of the church, reducing church meetings to two hours on Sunday, introducing new study materials for members and retiring home and visiting teaching in favor of ministering.

Nelson was born on Sept. 9, 1924, to Marion and Edna Anderson Nelson. His parents insisted he attended Sunday school classes even though they did not actively participate in the faith. Nelson and his siblings were baptized in the church when he was 16 years old.

He served in bishoprics and high councils during his church service and was called as the Bonneville Stake president from 1964 to June 1971. He was then called as general president of the Sunday School.

He was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the church in April 1984. He had previously been serving as a regional representative assigned to the Kearns, Utah Region.

After the death of President Boyd K. Packer, he served as president of the Quorum of the Twelve in July 2015.

Nelson and his wife, Dantzel White, raised ten children before she passed away in February 2005. More than one year later, he remarried Wendy L. Watson.

In his professional life, Nelson studied and worked as a medical researcher and heart surgeon and helped create the first artificial heart-lung machine used during the first open-heart surgery in Utah.

He received an M.D. degree from the University of Utah in 1947 and served his residency in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1954, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.


Isaac Hale Daily Herald 

Fans react as iDKHOW BUT THEY FOUND ME performs during the final show of the final season for the Provo Rooftop Concert Series held Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in downtown Provo. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald


Pleasant-grove
Food truck park on its way to Pleasant Grove

A new food truck park is in the works in Pleasant Grove.

On Tuesday, the city council approved a site plan for the park, called “The Grove Station,” and an associated building that will be part of the project. The park will be located on property at approximately 95 S. 2000 West in The Grove area of the city.

“The food truck park idea is a new concept here in Utah County. At least, I’m not aware of a piece of private land that is totally dedicated to the idea of hosting food trucks,” said Daniel Cárdenas, the city’s community development director.

According to Cárdenas, the site is about 1.23 acres and it will include parking for seven food truck stalls with outlets to connect to installed utilities. The food truck stalls are located in a circular shape with a little plaza in the middle.

“The public comes and they park in any of the 63 parking stalls,” Cárdenas said. “The applicant is providing ample parking. People will come at lunch, get into the site, park and get food truck food.”

There will not be the same seven food trucks at the park every day. These will be changing regularly. The park can fit seven food trucks at a time.

A building, which will resemble a train station, is also planned to be on the property, where people can buy drinks and go indoors. The venue will be about 4,600 square feet and could also be used as a reception center when the site is not operating as a food truck park. The park will accommodate 200 seats for people to enjoy their lunch, Cárdenas said.

“It’s done in other areas, other cities,” said, Clare Moon owner and applicant of the site plan approval request, to the council. “Traveling is when I really saw it a lot and thought, ‘We could use that in Pleasant Grove.’ People love the food at food trucks, but the experience of eating there is not pleasant most of the time, especially if you’re a family with kids.”

Right now, the project is still in the site planning process. The applicant will next submit for a building/structural permit for the structure.

“Once we review and approve it, the project will start construction,” Cárdenas said. “Construction is anticipated to start this fall, and the projected opening will be in the spring 2020.”


Andrew Devey, Special to the Daily Herald 

A Maple Mountain player prepares for a collision during a game against Springville in Spanish Fork on Friday, September 6, 2019.