Saturday, June 26, 2010

Neil L Andersen






He was born Aug. 9, 1951, in Logan, Utah, to Lyle P. and Kathryn Andersen.  He married Kathy Sue Williams Andersen and they are the parents of four children.


He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 3, 1993.  He was called to the Presidency of the Seventy Aug. 15, 2005 and sustained Oct. 1, 2005, and served in the presidency until April 4th of 2009 when he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve.  He was ordained an apostle April 9, 2009. 

He was a former president of the France Bordeaux Mission.
He served as Stake President of the Tampa Florida Stake. 


He earned a bachelor’s degree from BYU
He went on to receive a master’s degree in business from Harvard University.


His business interests included advertising, health care and real estate development, all of which were based in Florida. He speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish. 

D Todd Christofferson

He was  born January 24th, 1945 in American Fork, Utah.

His parents are Paul V. and Jeanne Swenson Christofferson.

He married Katherine Jacob and they have 5 children.

He received his bachelors degree from BYU and his doctorate degree from Duke University.

He was an associate general counsel for NationsBank Corp.  He has practiced law in North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington, DC.

He has served as a bishop, Stake presidency member, Stake President, Regional Representative and a Seventy before being called to the Twelve Apostles.


From the Jaunty Jensens blog we learn their testimony:
     This past Sunday we had the opportunity to attend Stake Conference. We were very lucky to have an apostle of the Lord come and speak to us. We heard from a lot of different people who did excellent but we were able to hear from Elder D. Todd Christofferson. It was so amazing to see an apostle standing before us and speaking directly to us. It was a wonderful experience.
We all sat as a family....except Leisha. She went a couple of rows up and sat with Jon and his family. And of course, Elder Christofferson comes and shakes peoples hands. Well lucky Leisha and Jon got that luxury....YES...they shook the hand of an apostle of the Lord!!! How amazing that would've been!! Later I went to the restroom and found Leisha in there. She looks at me and says, "I don't want to wash my hands." We all thought that was pretty funny. It was a wonderful experience and we are truly grateful for the prophet and his apostles who lead in these latter days.

Quentin L Cook

He was born September 8th, 1940 in Logan, Utah to J. Vernon and Bernice Kimball Cook.

He married Mary Gaddie and they have three children.

He earned his bachelors degree at Utah State University and his juris doctorate at  Stanford University.

He was the managing partner of law firm in California. He was President and CEO of a California corporate healthcare system.

He has served as a bishop, stake president and area authority before his calling to the Seventy and then on to the Quorum of the Twelve.

There is some ruckus about him being the first apostle to post a blog.

David Allan Bednar


He was born June 15th, 1952 at San Leandro, California.  His parents are Anthony G. and Lavina Whitney Bednar.

He married Susan Kae Robinson and they are the parents of three sons.

He graduated from BYU with a BA degree in Communications and a MA in Organizational Communications.  He received a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Purdue University.  He was a professor of business management  at Texas Tech University and at the Univeristy of Arkansas.  While there he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in their College of Business Administration.

He has served as an Area Authority Seventy, Regional Representative, Stake President and Bishop.

He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve in October of 2004 and was ordained an apostle on October 7th of 2004.  He was serving as President of BYU-Idaho (1997-2007) at the time.

Books that he wrote or co-wrote include:
Organizational Behavior: Understanding and Managing People at Work (Annotated Instructor's Edition)
Readings in Organzational Behavior.
Organizational Behavior: Understanding and Managing People at Work and
University of Arkansas Faculty: Morris S. Arnold, Charles W. Woodworth, David William Thomas, Bruce Weigl, David A. Bednar, Wade Clark Mackey

Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf

President Uchtdorf was born on November 6, 1940 in then Mährisch-Ostrau, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Else Opelt Uchtdorf. He was raised in Zwickau, Germany, where his family joined the Church in 1947.


He married Harriet Reich on December 14, 1962 and they have two children and have six grandchildren.

He studied engineering and later continued his education in business administration in Cologne, Germany, and international management in Lausanne, Switzerland. President Uchtdorf joined the German Air Force in 1959 and received his pilot wings in Big Spring, Texas, and fighter pilot training in Phoenix, Ariziona.

In 1965, he became a pilot with Lufthansa Airlines. He worked as an airline captain from 1970 to 1996, flying multiple types of airplanes and completing his career flying the B747. He held several executive positions, including head of the airline pilot school, director of in-flight services, and head of cockpit crews. At the time of his call as a General Authority, he was the senior vice president of flight operations and chief pilot of Lufthansa Airlines. He was also chairman of the Flight Operations Committee of the International Air Transport Association. He has served as a board member for several government and business executive committees.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008. He was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 2, 2004. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994, and served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from August 2002 until his call to the Twelve. Since his call as an apostle, President and Sister Uchtdorf now have their permanent home in the United States.

President and Sister Uchtdorf have visited many parts of the globe. When they have free time they like to hiking, listen to classical music, and spending hours with their children and grandchildren.

 
Some of the books he wrote include:

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman
Sister Eternal


A book about him is German Religious Leaders: Karl G. Maeser, Johannes Kelpius, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Sadananda Swami, Rudolf K. Poecker, F. Enzio Busche and another is
People From Ostrava-City District: People From Ostrava, Ivan Lendl, Filip Kuba, Libor Sionko, Marek Malík, Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Henry Bennion Eyring


Born in Princeton, New Jersey, 31 May 1933, to Henry and Mildred Bennion Eyring.
President Eyring is married to the former Kathleen Johnson, and they are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Utah and Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Harvard University.

President Eyring was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971.

He has served as a bishop, member of the General Sunday School Board and a regional representative of the Twelve.

President Eyring previously served as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from April 1985 to September 1992 and as Church Commissioner of Education from September 1980 to April 1985 and also September 1992 to January 2005.

President Henry B. Eyring was named First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3 February 2008. Previously, he had served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Gordon B. Hinckley since 6 October 2007. He was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 1 April 1995, having previously served as a member of the Seventy since 3 October 1992.


Some of the books he wrote include
To Draw Closer To God
Because He First Loved Us: A Compilation of DiscoursesOn Becoming a Disciple ScholarLearning in the Light of Faith
Heroes from the Book of Mormon
Gifts of Love
THE FAITH OF A SCIENTIST
Go Forth to Serve


His father wrote the following books
Reflections of a Scientist
Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry Eyring
Major Decisions

Jeffrey Roy Holland



Elder Holland was born December 3, 1940 to Frank D. and Alice Bentley Holland.

He married Patricia Terry in 1963. They are the parents of three children.



A student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah, he received his bachelor and master degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University. He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.



Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full-time Church service. He served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Presidents Commission. For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews he was awarded the "Torch of Liberty" award by the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith. He has served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business related corporations and has received the “Distinguished Eagle Scout” award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of eight books, one of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia.

Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah beginning in 1980. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.



Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. At the time of his call to the Twelve Apostles, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on April 1, 1989.


In 2009 he had one of his most memorable conference talks, where he yelled, slammed the pulpit and shamed all of the naysayers that say bad things about us.


Some of the books he wrote include

Broken Things to Mend
However Long & Hard the Road
Christ and the New Covenant
Trusting Jesus


Mormon Messages:
Motherhood http://lds.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b42b456de930aa39dca7a45f0&id=cf78fa1b26&e=ce759ec19a

Robert Dean Hales

Elder Hales was born in New York City.
He graduated from the University of Utah, and holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard. He was a jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

He married Mary Crandall, and they have two sons.    
Prior to his call to full-time Church service, Elder Hales had a distinguished business career, serving in executive positions with three major national companies.
He was a Regional Representative for five years prior to his call as a General Authority. He earlier served as a branch president, bishop, high councilor, and stake president’s counselor. He was president of the England London Mission in the late 1970s and has served as first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency.
Elder Hales received his call as a General Authority on April 4, 1975. He served as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was Presiding Bishop of the Church from April, 1985 until called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Robert D. Hales was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 1994.

Richard Gordon Scott


He was born November 7, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho, a son of Kenneth Leroy and Mary Whittle Scott. At the age of 5, he moved with his parents to Washington, D.C., where his father served with the Department of Agriculture, later becoming an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture.
He is blessed with a gifted wife, Jeanene Watkins, to whom he was sealed July 16, 1953, in the Manti Temple. She passed away May 15, 1995. They are the parents of seven children.
He graduated from George Washington University as a mechanical engineer, served a full-time mission to Uruguay, and completed post graduate work in nuclear engineering at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. From 1953 to 1965 Elder Scott served on the immediate staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover, directing the development of nuclear fuel for a wide variety of naval and land based power plants. Elder Scott received an honorary Doctor of Christian Service degree from Brigham Young University in 2008.
From 1965 to 1969 he presided over the Argentina North Mission in Cordoba, Argentina. Upon his return, he worked as a private consultant for nuclear power companies.
He served as a Regional Representative in the Uruguay, Paraguay, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. areas until his call as a Seventy.
Richard Gordon Scott was sustained an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 1, 1988. He was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 2, 1977, and served as a member of the Presidency of that Quorum from October 1, 1983, until his present calling.
Elder Scott loves our Father in Heaven, His Beloved Son, and all of the Father's other children. Elder Scott enjoys a variety of special interests. He has a deep love for the natural beauty of the world.

Some of the books he wrote include:

Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy

Joseph Bitner Wirthlin

He was born June 11th, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph L. and Madeline Bitner Wirthlin.

He married Elisa Young Rogers and they are the parents of eight children.

He is a graduate of the University of Utah in Business Management and a former president of his trade association.

Served as a bishop, stake president's counselor, and a member of the General Sunday School general presidency.

He was sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve on April 4th, 1975, to the First Quorum of Seventy on October 1st, 1976 and to its Presidency on August 28th, 1986.

He was sustained as a member of the Twelve Apostles on October 4th, 1986 and ordained an apostle on October 9th, 1986.


Some of the books he wrote include
Press On
Finding Peace in Our Lives

Melvin Russell Ballard, Jr.


He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 8, 1928, to Melvin R. and Geraldine Smith Ballard. He attended the University of Utah.
He married Barbara Bowen in the Salt Lake Temple on August 28, 1951. They are the parents of two sons and five daughters.
As a young man, he served a mission to England for the Church where he was a counselor in the mission presidency. He has also served as a bishop twice.
In 1974, he was called as president of the Canada Toronto Mission where he was serving when called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April of 1976. As a member of the Seventy, he supervised and trained leaders in his assigned geographic regions. He later served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from February 1980 to October 1985, overseeing the Church’s Quorums of the Seventy. Much of his ministry has been focused on missionary work.
Prior to his call as a full-time Church leader, Elder Ballard had interests in the automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He has served on many Church and civic committees and boards.
Elder M. Russell Ballard is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been serving as an Apostle since October 6, 1985, traveling throughout the earth to instruct Church members and direct day-to-day affairs of the worldwide Church.


Dallin Harris Oaks



He is a native of Provo, Utah (born in 1932). He and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She died July 21, 1998. On August 25, 2000, he married Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Oaks is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1954) and of The University of Chicago Law School (1957). He practiced law and taught law in Chicago. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980, and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship.

He has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations. He is the author or co-author of many books and articles on religious and legal subjects.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since May 1984.


Books that he has written include:
With Full Purpose of Heart: Collection of Messages by Dallin H. Oaks
Pure in Heart
Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith
The Lord's Way
Cases and Text on the Law of Trusts (University Casebook Series)
His Holy Name
Trust Doctrines in Church Controversies
Religious freedom and the Supreme Court (Ethics and public policy reprint)
Wall Between Church and State
Criminal Justice System and the Indigent: Study of Chicago and Cook County
The missionary work of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Elder Oaks Reviews President Ezra Taft Benson's Central Message as President of the Church, focusing on his encouragement to make stury of the Book of Mormon a continual process in order to avoid condemnation
Reading Church history
The historicity of the Book of Mormon
[Miscellaneous publications]
"A private university looks at government regulation"
Unruly laws for lawmakers: [address]
The effects of Griffin v. Illinois on the States' administration of the criminal law (Council of State Governments. BX-308)
The popular myth of the victimless crime (Commissioner's lecture series)
Recent events involving Church history and forged documents
Trust Doctrines in Church Controversies


Books about him include
Utah Supreme Court Justices: Dallin H. Oaks, Charles S. Zane, William H. King, Michael Zimmerman, Michael J. Wilkins
People From Provo, Utah: Julianne Hough, George W. Pace, Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Marvin S. Hill, Reuben D. Law, Dallin H. Oaks, Stew Morrill







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