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“Special Witness Cards,” Friend, Sep. 2014, 23–25

Special Witness Cards

Use these cards to learn more about the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency. You could also copy the cards and create a matching game. Print more copies at friend.lds.org. Laminate your cards or use contact paper.

President Thomas S. Monson

Monson, Thomas S.

16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Was called at the age of 22 to serve as bishop of a ward with many widows

  • Worked in newspaper publishing and printing

  • Was a mission president in Canada

President Henry B. Eyring

Eyring, Henry B.

First Counselor in the First Presidency

  • Played basketball in high school

  • Learned physics from his father on their basement chalkboard

  • Was president of Ricks College, now BYU–Idaho

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Uchtdorf, Dieter F.

Second Counselor in the First Presidency

  • Fled with his family to West Germany as war refugees

  • Is an airplane pilot

  • Enjoys skiing with his children and grandchildren

President Boyd K. Packer

Packer, Boyd K.

President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Overcame polio as a child

  • Studied to become a teacher

  • Likes to carve and paint wooden birds

Elder L. Tom Perry

Perry, L. Tom

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • As a boy, encouraged friends to play fair at sports

  • Helped rebuild churches in Japan after World War II

  • Asked his children to help time his talks

Elder Russell M. Nelson

Nelson, Russell M.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Was a heart surgeon

  • Served as a doctor in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan

  • Has 10 children—9 girls and 1 boy

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Oaks, Dallin H.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Cleaned a radio repair shop as a first job

  • Became a lawyer and Utah Supreme Court judge

  • Was president of BYU

Elder M. Russell Ballard

Ballard, M. Russell

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Was nicknamed “the bishop” in college because of his high standards

  • Ran a car dealership

  • Encourages members to be missionaries

Elder Richard G. Scott

Scott, Richard G.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Was raised by good parents who weren’t active in the Church

  • Served a mission in Uruguay

  • Became a nuclear-submarine engineer

Elder Robert D. Hales

Hales, Robert D.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Grew up in New York

  • Pitched for his school’s baseball team

  • Was a jet fighter pilot in the United States Air Force

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Holland, Jeffrey R.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Was a mission companion with Elder Cook in England

  • Worked for the Church Education System

  • Was president of BYU

Elder David A. Bednar

Bednar, David A.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Was a quarterback on his high school football team

  • After serving a mission, baptized his father a member of the Church

  • Was president of Ricks College, now BYU–Idaho

Elder Quentin L. Cook

Cook, Quentin L.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Gained a testimony after praying with his older brother

  • Was student-body president in junior high, with his future wife, Mary, as vice-president

  • Served as a Church leader in the Philippines and Pacific Islands

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Christofferson, D. Todd

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Baked homemade bread for his family growing up

  • Participated in the Hill Cumorah Pageant as a teenager

  • Served a mission in Argentina with Elder Scott as his mission president

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Andersen, Neil L.

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho

  • Served as a missionary and mission president in France

  • Helped direct the launch of Mormon.org

Friend Magazine, 2014/09 Sep