General Authorities and General Officers

President M. Russell Ballard

Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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 set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by President Russell M. Nelson on January 14, 2018.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 8, 1928, to Melvin R. and Geraldine Smith Ballard. He attended the University of Utah.

As a young man, he served a mission to England where he was a counselor in the mission presidency. He has also served as a bishop twice.

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 Quorum of the Seventy. Much of his ministry has been focused on missionary work.

Prior to his call as a full–time Church leader, Elder Ballard had interests in the automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He has served on many Church and civic committees and boards.

He married Barbara Bowen in the Salt Lake Temple on August 28, 1951. They are the parents of two sons and five daughters. 

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

To Whom Shall We Go?October 2016 General Conference

Family CouncilsApril 2016 General Conference

God Is at the HelmOctober 2015 General Conference

The Greatest Generation of Young AdultsApril 2015 General Conference

Stay in the Boat and Hold On!October 2014 General Conference

Following UpApril 2014 General Conference

Put Your Trust in the LordOctober 2013 General Conference

“This Is My Work and Glory”April 2013 General Conference

All General Conference talks by M. Russell Ballard

Full Name M. Russell Ballard

October 8, 1928

Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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