I’m a Mormon Apostle

The Church PR department’s “I’m a Mormon” campaign, which highlighted the diversity of Church membership, generated a lot of buzz. Inside information has it that the PR department is now working on a similar campaign that turns the spotlight on members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve. Here are their profiles.

monsonMy name is Thomas. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I got a business degree at the University of Utah and an MBA at BYU. I served in the US Naval Reserve. In my career, I was a business professor and a newspaper executive. I am a widower. My deceased wife and I are the parents of three children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

My name is Runelsonssell. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I got both BA and MD degrees at the University of Utah and trained to be a surgeon and got a PhD at the University of Minnesota. I served in the US Army. In my career, I was a surgeon. I am married. My first wife (now deceased) and I are the parents of ten children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

oaks

 

My name is Dallin. I was born in Provo, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I got an accounting degree at BYU and a law degree at the University of Chicago. I served in the Utah National Guard. In my career, I was a lawyer, a judge, a law professor, and an educational administrator. I am married. My first wife (now deceased) and I are the parents of six children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

ballard

 

My name is Russell. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I went to school at the University of Utah. I served in the US Army Reserve. In my career, I was a salesman and a business executive. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of seven children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

halesMy name is Robert. I was born in New York City. I was raised in New York. I got a bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah and an MBA at Harvard. I served in the US Air Force. In my career, I was a business executive. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of two children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

holland

 

My name is Jeffrey. I was born in St. George, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I started school at Dixie College, then got a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in religious education at BYU, and later another master’s degree and a PhD in American Studies at Yale.  In my career, I was a teacher and an educational administrator. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of three children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

eyring

 

My name is Henry. I was born in Princeton, New Jersey. I was raised in New Jersey and in Utah. I got a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Utah an MBA and a PhD in business at Harvard. I served in the US Air Force. In my career, I was a business professor and an educational administrator. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of six children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

uchtdorfMy name is Dieter. I was born in what is now Ostrava in the Czech Republic. I was raised in Germany. I got an MBA at what is now called the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. I served in the West German Air Force. In my career, I was a pilot and an airline executive. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of two children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

bednar

 

My name is David. I was born in Oakland, California. I was raised in California. I got both a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in organizational communication at BYU and then a PhD in organizational behavior at Purdue. In my career, I was a business professor and an educational administrator. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of three children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

cook

My name is Quentin. I was born in Logan, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I got a bachelor’s degree in political science at Utah State and a law degree at Stanford. In my career, I was a lawyer and a business executive. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of three children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

christofferson

 

My name is Todd. I was born in American Fork, Utah. I was raised in Utah and in New Jersey. I got a bachelor’s degree at BYU and a law degree at Duke. In my career, I was a lawyer. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of five children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

andersen

 

My name is Neil. I was born in Logan, Utah. I was raised in Idaho. I got a bachelor’s degree in economics at BYU and an MBA at Harvard. I am the father of four children. In my career, I was a business executive. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

rasband

 

 

My name is Ronald. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I went to school at the University of Utah. In my career, I was a salesman and a business executive. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of five children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

stevensonMy name is Gary. I was born in Ogden, Utah. I was raised in Utah. I got a bachelor’s degree in business at Utah State University. In my career, I was a business executive. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of four children. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 

 

 

renlundMy name is Dale. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was raised in Utah and in Sweden. I got both a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and an MD at the University of Utah. I later studied internal medicine and cardiology at Johns Hopkins. In my career, I was a cardiologist and a professor of medicine. I am married, and my wife and I are the parents of one child. And I’m a Mormon apostle.

 


Information is taken from from each man’s Wikipedia page and from “Meet Today’s Prophets and Apostles” at lds.org.

11 comments

  1. Todd did some time in the army too. With the death of Richard Scott in 2015, guess the last time no members of the Council of the Twelve had been born in Idaho?




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  2. Also what is the school tally?
    UofU 7
    BYU: 5
    USU: 2
    Intl: 1

    And it seems w this generation we have business/educational administrators, surgeons, and lawyers.




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  3. I agree, Kristine. That is encouraging. Unfortunately, I’m more discouraged by the fact that there might be a trend toward General Relief Society Presidency members having more children, which would be consistent with the possibility that they’re being selected at least in part for their childbearing as an outward indicator of their righteousness.

    http://zelophehadsdaughters.com/2014/01/22/general-rs-presidencies-having-children-and-gas-having-children/




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  4. I’m shocked at basic stats not being included in the post, though I suppose you have a style going on here.

    Regarding the number of children.
    Mean: 4.27
    Median: 4
    Mode: 3




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  5. Before 2015, the last time none of the Council of the Twelve had been born in Idaho was 1937, previous to Albert Bowen joining that body.




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  6. When was Pres. Monson ever a business professor? I’ve never heard that and couldn’t confirm with some online searches.




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  7. Will they use pictures of them in their 50s, slightly deceiving, unless they have their current age? Where I live we have just had an ex military man as State Premier, and he lost after the first term because of arrogance, (lots of comments about not having military people again) surprised we have so many people with military experience.
    Have the ones with educational administrator been president of BYU, of one brand or another, which seems to be one of the paths to the 12.
    Could have and I’m a registered republican, or democrat?
    A couple of salesmen, fairly low brow?




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  8. Scott, I’m going off his Wikipedia page: “Monson taught for a time at the University of Utah.” Might be better to say “instructor,” but I thought “professor” was close enough.




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