“Special Witness: Guess Who?” Friend, May 2006, 21
Read the clues about this member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Then find the answer below. The members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are prophets, seers, and revelators and stand as special witnesses of Jesus Christ. They have the responsibility to testify of Him to the whole world.
His favorite hymn, “Redeemer of Israel,” was sung at his first general conference as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Growing up, he helped his dad in the yard by mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves. He also helped his mom with household chores.
He loves reading the Book of Mormon. His favorite scripture story is in 3 Nephi 11 when Jesus Christ appears to the people in the land of Bountiful. He also enjoyed reading adventure novels when he was growing up.
Teaching is one of his great joys. He taught business classes at the University of Arkansas, and even when he became president of a college, he taught a religion class every term.
He and his parents took long vacations together to visit sites in the United States and Canada. His favorite trip was to the Sacred Grove in New York.
He was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and led the school’s transition to Brigham Young University–Idaho.
When he was a boy he liked to visit his grandparents on their dairy farm. He would sit with his grandparents in their backyard and eat pomegranates and watermelon.
He is the youngest and newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
While he was president of Ricks College, he and his wife, Susan, invited students to family home evenings. Over the years, they had family home evening with more than 35,000 students!
“A love for the scriptures will come to you as you study daily with your family and by yourself. My desire is that you will receive a testimony, that you will receive protection and guidance, and that you will learn to hear the word of the Lord as you study the scriptures every day.”