General Authorities

Elder M. Russell Ballard

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder M. Russell Ballard is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been serving as an Apostle since October 6, 1985, traveling throughout the earth to instruct Church members and direct day-to-day affairs of the worldwide Church.

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 for the Church, 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 Quorums 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

Following UpApril 2014 General Conference

Put Your Trust in the LordOctober 2013 General Conference

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

Be Anxiously EngagedOctober 2012 General Conference

That the Lost May Be FoundApril 2012 General Conference

The Importance of a NameOctober 2011 General Conference

Finding Joy through Loving ServiceApril 2011 General Conference

O That Cunning Plan of the Evil OneOctober 2010 General Conference

All General Conference talks by M. Russell Ballard

Full Name M. Russell Ballard

Born October 8, 1928

Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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