“Special Witness: Guess Who?” Friend, June 2006, 13
Read the clues about this member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Then find the answer on page 23. 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 birthday is December 3. He grew up in St. George, Utah.
He was very obedient growing up. One evening he ran all the way across town to make his 10:00 p.m. curfew.
His dream of teaching came true when he was hired as an institute teacher. Because of his friendly manner and powerful testimony, he was often invited to speak at firesides with his wife, Pat.
As a young man he played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. After his mission, he helped his college basketball team win its conference championship.
He described his experience serving in the British Mission as “the major spiritual turning point of my life—the beginning of my beginnings.”
He is ninth in seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
From 2002 to 2004, he served as Area President in Chile, while Elder Dallin H. Oaks served as the Philippines Area President. It was the first time in decades that members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles lived and presided outside the United States.
His three children’s happiest memories from childhood come from the dinner table. They enjoyed talking, laughing, and learning together every night as a family.
He served as president of Brigham Young University after Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who is also a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles now.
Words of Wisdom: “I bear personal witness … of a personal, living God, who knows our names, hears and answers prayers, and cherishes us eternally as children of His spirit” (“The Grandeur of God,” Ensign, Nov. 2003, 72).