President M. Russell Ballard

    “President M. Russell Ballard,” Friend, January 2020

    Meet the Apostles

    President M. Russell Ballard

    Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

    President M. Russell Ballard
    fun facts about President Ballard

    Illustrations by Jared Beckstrand

    He’ll turn 92 this year! His birthday is October 8.

    He and his wife, Barbara, have 7 children, 43 grandchildren, and 95 great-grandchildren!

    In college, friends called him “the bishop” because he always tried to choose the right.

    He keeps an Oreo cookie in a display case on his desk. It reminds him of a young boy who received a package of cookies after his long journey to a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece. The boy insisted that President Ballard take the very first cookie.

    “Do the best you can do day after day.”

    President M. Russell Ballard,“The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2019, 28.