LDS Apostles Part 2

30 November

Apostles of the LDS Church

Current Apostles 

Here’s the rest of the apostles!  One last thing we noticed with the information we gleaned was the emphasis of how successful these men were/are in their professional lives.  We’re sure that if you delve into each one individually there is more to their stories, but we found it interesting as Melissa pointed out the other day that none have been noted for miracles or going out to preach the word without purse or script.

The dominating storyline seemed to be the extent of your education and not so much about your love for the Lord.

Every move they make is methodically planned out and meticulously performed.  One recent article from the Church’s website went so far as to tell members not to approach the General Authorities – they want people to understand the GA’s aren’t there to sign autographs or have conversations with those around them.

They seem to parade these men in white coats around to give the impression to the audiences that  they’re unreachable, just like their god.  It all goes back to the wizard behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.  Pay no mind to what’s going on back there…

Name Born Dates Served Notes
Boyd K.Packer 1924 1970 – Mission president of NewEngland states, became apostleunder Joseph Fielding Smith.
L. Tom Perry 1922 1974 – Became GA in 1972;3rd in line for Seniority
Russell M. Nelson 1924 1984 – CES Board Member & Chairman,Exec. Committee; Boards ofTrustees/Education of theChurch Educational System
Dallin H.Oaks 1932 1984 – Professor, Univ. Chicago Law School;Pres. BYU, former justice UtahSupreme Court; CES Board Member;Exec. Committee; Boards of Trustees/Education of Church Education

System

M. Russell Ballard 1928 1985 – 1stQuorum of the Seventy; Grandsonof both Hyrum Mack Smith &Melvin J. Ballard; direct descendentof Joseph F. Smith & Hyrum Smith;CES Board Member; Boards of

Trustees/Education of the Church

Educational System

Richard G.Scott 1928 1988 – Presidency of 1stQuorum of the Seventy;called by Ezra Taft Benson to apostle;worked on design for top secret nuclearproject Nautilus.
Robert D.Hales 1932 1994 – Exec. w/ Gillette Co.; Pres. Papermate;VP of Max Factor; headed HugesTelevision Network; Air Force Pilot;MBA from Harvard;Pres. Chesebrough-Pond’s.
Jeffrey R. Holland 1940 1994 – PhD in American Studies from Yale;Comm. Church Ed. System; Pres. BYU;Founder of BYU Jerusalem Center
David A. Bednar 1952 2004 – Bishop; 2x Stake Pres; Regional Repof the Twelve; area 70; Assoc. Deanof Ricks College; Doctorate Organ.Behavior from Purdue; Ass. ProfessorSam Walton College of Business;

Assist. Prof Management Texas

Tech; Pres. Ricks College

Quentin L. Cook 1940 2007 – Served mission w/ Hollandin England; Grad. Stanford w/Law degree; corporate attyfor 27 yrs in San Francisco;Pres./CEO Calif. Healthcare System
D. Todd Christofferson 1945 2008 – Served mission in Argentinaunder Richard Scott;Grad. BYU & Duke Univ.School of Law; law clerk for JudgeJohn Sinca during Watergate;

Exec Dir Family & Church History;

involved in negotiations w/

Jewish leaders on baptizing

Holocaust victims

Neil L. Anderson 1951 2009 – Harvard MBA Grad; VP MortonPlant Health System; LDS GA,Exec. Dir. Audio/Visual Dept.;Assist. Exec. Dir. of PriesthoodDept; Gen. Pres. Sunday School;

Oversaw activities of the 70’s

19th Century LDS (Mormon) Apostles

Name Born/Died Dates Served Notes
John Page 1799/1867 1838 –1846 Ex-communicated for apostasy
John Taylor 1808/1887 1838 –18801 Third Prophet of LDS Church
George A. Smith 1817/1875 1839 –1875 His grandson George Albert SmithBecame Prophet in 1945
Wilford Woodruff 1807/1898 1839 –1889 Fourth Prophet of LDS Church
Willard Richards 1804/1854 1840 –1854 In Carthage jail w/ Smith brothersand  John Taylor when Josephand Hyrum  were killed
Lyman Wight 1796/1858 1841 –1848 Ex-communicated for apostasy
Amasa Lyman 1813/1877 1842 –1867 Ex-communicated for apostasy
Ezra T. Benson 1811/1869 1846 –1869 Great-grandfather of thirteenthLDS prophet, Ezra Taft Benson
Charles C. Rich 1809/1883 1849 –1883 Also a member of the Council of Fifty
Franklin D. Richards 1821/1899 1849 –1899 Missionary in England; editor ofMillennial Star; Director PerpetualEmigrating Funds Operations;Church Historian
Erastus Snow 1818/1888 1849 –1888 Also a member of theCouncil of the Fifty
Lorenzo Snow 1814/1901 1877 –1898 Fifth Prophet of LDS ChurchBrother-in-law of Joseph Smith, Jr.and Brigham Young throughEliza R. Snow
George Q. Cannon 1827/1901 1860 –1901 Convicted of unlawful cohabitation in 1886, imprisoned for 6 months
Joseph F. Smith 1838/1918 1866 –1918 Sixth Prophet of theLDS Church; son of Hyrum Smith;Nephew of Joseph Smith, Jr.
Brigham Young, Jr. 1836/1903 1864 –1903 Son of Brigham Young; called to theApostleship in ’64 but didn’t startuntil 1868; served several terms inUtah Territorial Legislature
Albert Carrington 1813/1889 1870 –1885 Church Historian; Council of Fifty;Utah Territorial Legislature;ex-communicated for adultery 1885 but later re-baptized, not reinstatedas apostle or GA
Moses Thatcher 1842/1909 1879 –1909 Council of Fifty; at April 1896 GChe was dropped from Quorum of theTwelve; not excommunicated &  heldoffice of apostle until death
Francis M. Lyman 1840/1916 1880 –1916 Council of Fifty;Son of Amasa M. Lyman
John Henry Smith 1848/1911 1880 –1911 Son of George A. Smith;elected member Utah TerritorialLegislature 1882; he playedimportant role for Utah totransition from territory to state
Heber J. Grant 1856/1945 1882 –1945 Seventh Prophet of LDS Church;he became prophet in Nov. 1918but not sustained till June 1919due to influenza pandemic.
George Teasdale 1831/1907 1882 –1907 Member of Council of Fifty
Abraham Cannon 1859/1896 1889 –1896 First 7 Presidents of the 70; memberOf Council of Fifty; sonof apostle George Q. Cannon
Anthon H. Lund 1844/1921 1889 –1921 Church Historian; Utah TerritorialLegislature; credited w/ start of UtahState University because heIntroduced legislation to start it.
Marriner W. Merrill 1832/1906 1889 –1906 Postmaster of Richmond; countySelectman; member ofTerritorial legislature for 2 terms
Matthias F. Cowley 1858/1940 1896 –1911 Cowley, WY named after him;resigned from Quorum 1905. Remained ordained apostle until Priesthood suspended in 1911 and later restored in 1936
Abraham O. Woodruff 1872/1904 1896 –1904 Called by his father into theapostleship died at23 from smallpox
Rudger Clawson 1857/1943 1898 –1943 Utah town of Clawsonnamed after him

20th Century LDS (Mormon) Apostles

Name Born/Died DatesServed Notes
Reed Smoot 1862/1941 1900 –1941 U.S.Senator1902-1932
Hyrum M. Smith 1872/1918 1901 –1918 Brother ofJoseph FieldingSmith; son ofJoseph F. Smith;grandson of

Hyrum Smith

George AlbertSmith 1870/1951 1903 –1951 Eighth ProphetOf LDS Church;Son of JohnHenry Smith &grandson of

George A. Smith

Charles W. Penrose 1832/1925 1904 –1925 Prof. Theology, BYU
David O. McKay 1873/1970 1906 –1970 Ninth Prophetof LDS Church
George F. Richards 1861/1950 1906 –1950 Son ofFranklin D.Richards
Orson F. Whitney 1855/1931 1906 –1931 Grandson of bothNewel K.Whitney & HeberC. Kimball
Anthony W. Ivins 1852/1934 1907 –1934 Part ofexploratory comm.to colonize Mormonsin Mexico
Joseph FieldingSmith 1876/1972 1910 –1972 Tenth Prophet ofLDS Church
James Talmage 1862/1933 1911 –1933 Pres. Univ.of Utah
Stephen L. Richards 1879/1859 1917 –1959 Grandson ofWillard Richards
Richard R. Lyman 1870/1963 1918 –1943 Was apostle untilHe began a polygamousrelationship w/outthe knowledge of his wife.Excommunicated 11/1943
Melvin J. Ballard 1873/1939 1919 –1939 His grandson M. RussellBallard is also anApostle
John A. Widtsoe 1872/1952 1921 –1952 Pres. Utah StateUniv. & Univ. of Utah
Joseph F. Merrill 1868/1952 1931 –1952 Son of MarrinerW. Merrill
Charles A. Callis 1865/1947 1933 –1947 Elected to UtahHouse & 2nd UtahState Legislature. Hiswife Grace was grand-daughter of John Pack,

pictured on “This is the

Place Monument”

J. Reuben Clark 1871/1961 1934 –1961 US Under SecretaryOf State & USAmbassador toMexico
Alonzo A. Hinckley 1870/1936 1934 –1936 Uncle of Gordon B.Hinckley
Albert E. Bowen 1875/1953 1937 –1953 Law degree fromUniv. Chicago; Gen.Board of Deseret SundaySchool Union
Sylvester Q. Cannon 1877/1943 1938 –1943 Son of George Q,Cannon
Harold B. Lee 1899/1973 1941 –1973 Eleventh Prophet ofLDS Church
Spencer W. Kimball 1895/1985 1943 –1985 Twelfth Prophet ofLDS Church; grandsonof Heber C. Kimball
Ezra Taft Benson 1899/1994 1943 –1985 Thirteenth Prophet ofLDS Church; Great-grandson of Ezra T. Benson;US Sec. of Agriculture
Mark E. Petersen 1900/1984 1944 –1984 Filled vacancy of excommunicatedLyman; managing editor ofDeseret News; delivered racistspeech, Race Problems asThey Affect the Church
Matthew Cowley 1897/1953 1845 –1853 Son of Matthias Cowley;his father resigned overChurch’s decision to excommunicateactive polygamists; translated BoM,D&C, PoGP into Maori language. Studied

under Reed Smoot, law degree from

George Washington Univ.

Law School

Henry D. Moyle 1889/1963 1947 –1963 Served in WW1; Attended Harvard Law,Mines in Freiburg, Germany and wasUS atty for state of Utah
Delbert L. Stapley 1896/1978 1950 –1978 As a youth rejected playing MB sohe could serve mission;wrote letter to then Michigan governorGeorge Romney to back awayfrom favoring civil rights to

blacks; later sustained

the prophecy of 1978.

Marion G. Romney 1897/1988 1951 –1972 One of five chosen as Assistantsto the Quorum of the 12 Apostles;served in that capacity from 1941-1951.
LeGrand Richards 1886/1983 1952 –1983 Presiding Bishop in 1938; Son ofGeorge F. Richards; grandson ofFranklin D. Richards & nephewof Willard Richards
Adam S. Bennion 1886/1958 1953 –1958 Teacher @ LDS High School; Master’sFrom Columbia; Gen. Board of DeseretSunday School Union;faculty @ UofU; director ofRio Grande Railroad
Richard L. Evans 1906/1971 1953 –1971 Announcer for Music & theSpoken Word 1930-1971
George Q. Morris 1874/1962 1954 –1962 Oldest person in church history tobe ordained an apostle
Hugh B. Brown 1883/1975 1958 –1975 Prof. of religion @ BYU
Howard H. Hunter 1907/1995 1959 –1995 Fourteenth Prophet ofLDS Church
Gordon B. Hinckley 1910/2008 1961 –2008 Fifteenth Prophet ofLDS Church
Nathan Eldon Tanner 1898/1982 1962 –1982 Was Speaker of theLegislative Assembly of Alberta
Thomas S. Monson 1927 – 1963 – Sixteenth Prophet ofLDS Church
Marvin J. Ashton 1915/1994 1971 –1994 Utah State Senate; Pres. Deseret Book;Managing director LDS SocialServices
Boyd K. Packer 1924/ 1970 – Mission president of NewEngland states, became apostleunder Joseph Fielding Smith.
Bruce R. McConkie 1915/1985 1972 –1985 Wrote Mormon Doctrine;Son-in-law of Joseph Fielding Smith
David B. Haight 1906/2004 1976 –2004 Longest lived quorum member;Grandfather to Jon Huntsman,former gov. of Utah(running for POTUS 2012);mayor of Palo Alto, CA
L. Tom Perry 1922/ 1974 – Became GA in 1972;3rd in line for Seniority
James E. Faust 1920/2007 1978 –2007 Served in WW2; graduated UofUw/ BA & Juris Doctor;pres. Utah Bar Assoc; House of RepUtah State Legislature
Neal A. Maxwell 1926/2004 1981 –2004 Served in WW2; earned bachelors &Masters from UoU; worked as asst. toSen. Wallace Bennett;wrote Eternal Man; “Suicideis just a change of scenery”
Russell M. Nelson 1924/ 1984 – CES Board Member & Chairman,Exec. Committee; Boards ofTrustees/Education of theChurch Educational System
Dallin H. Oaks 1932/ 1984 – Professor, Univ. Chicago Law School;Pres. BYU, former justice UtahSupreme Court; CES Board Member;Exec. Committee; Boards of Trustees/Education of Church Education

System

M. Russell Ballard 1928/ 1985 – 1stQuorum of the Seventy; Grandsonof both Hyrum Mack Smith &Melvin J. Ballard; direct descendent ofJoseph F. Smith & Hyrum Smith;CES Board Member;

Boards of Trustees/Education of the

Church Educational System

Joseph B. Wirthlin 1917/2008 1986 –2008 Cousin of Gordon Hinckley; pres. ofa trade assoc. in Utah
Richard G. Scott 1928/ 1988 – Presidency of 1stQuorum ofthe Seventy; called by Ezra Taft Bensonto apostle; worked on design fortop secret nuclear project Nautilus.
Robert D. Hales 1932/ 1994 –  Exec. w/ Gillette Co.; Pres. Papermate;VP of Max Factor; Headed HugesTelevision Network; Air Force Pilot; MBAFrom Harvard; Pres. Chesebrough-Pond’s.
 Jeffrey R. Holland 1940/ 1994 – PhD in American Studies from Yale; Comm.Church Ed. System; Pres. BYU;Founder of BYU Jerusalem Center
Henry B. Eyring 1933/ 1995 –2007 Pres. Ricks College; 1stVice Chairman,Boards of Trustees/Education ofChurch Educational System

21st Century LDS Apostles

Name Born/Died YearsServed Notes
Dieter F. Uchtdorf 1940/ 2004 – Earned wings w/ bothAmerican and German govern-ments; 1st German bornapostle;
David A. Bednar 1952/ 2004 – Pres. Ricks College &BYU-Idaho; Bishop; 2x Stake Pres;Regional Rep of the Twelve;area 70; Assoc. Dean ofRicks College; Doctorate Organ.

Behavior from Purdue;

Ass. Professor Sam Walton

College of Business;

Assist. Prof Management

Texas Tech

Quentin L. Cook 1940/ 2007 – Served mission w/ Hollandin England; Grad. Stanford w/Law degree; corporate attyfor 27 yrs in San Francisco;Pres./CEO Calif. Healthcare System
D. Todd Christofferson 1945/ 2008 –  Served mission in Argentinaunder Richard Scott;Grad. BYU & Duke Univ.School of Law;law clerk for Judge John Sinca

during Watergate;

Exec Dir Family & Church History;

involved in negotiations w/

Jewish leaders on

baptizing Holocaust victims

Neil L. Andersen 1951/ 2009 – Harvard MBA Grad; VP MortonPlant Health System;LDS GA, Exec. Dir.Audio/Visual Dept.;Assist. Exec. Dir. of Priesthood

Dept; Gen. Pres. Sunday School;

Oversaw activities of the 70’s

LDS Apostles Part 1

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