“During our many interviews, whenever your name has come up the response has been rather routine: “Oh, he wouldn’t be very good,’ or `He does not have the time,’ or both.”

When Elder Spencer W. Kimball and Elder LeGrand Richards visited the Bonneville Stake in Salt Lake City in December 1964, this is what Elder Kimball told Russell M. Nelson when extending a call to serve as the new president of that stake. (“Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle” by Spencer J. Condie).

The full paragraph from which this quote is taken:

“We feel that the Lord wants you to preside over this stake,” Elder Kimball told Brother Nelson. “During our many interviews, whenever your name has come up the response has been rather routine: “Oh, he wouldn’t be very good,’ or `He does not have the time,’ or both. Nevertheless, we feel that the Lord wants you. Now if you feel that you are too busy and should not accept the call, then that is your privilege. But we have to remain true to the inspiration given to us to extend you the call to be president of the Bonneville Stake.”

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