Born
Melvin Russell Ballard
8 Oct 1928
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Calling(s)
TitleActing President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
OrganizationQuorum of the Twelve Apostles
Call Date14 Jan 2018
Calling(s)
TitleQuorum of the Twelve Apostles
OrganizationQuorum of the Twelve Apostles
Call Date6 Oct 1985
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M. Russell Ballard

President M. Russell Ballard has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints since October 6, 1985. He was sustained and set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by President Russell M. Nelson on January 14, 2018.

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Personal Life

M. Russell Ballard 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. M. Russell Ballard has also served as a bishop twice.

Professional Life

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, President Ballard had interests in the automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He has served on many Church and civic committees and boards.
Last Updated On 9 Apr 2021