Prophets.LDS.org Features New Biographies of Living Apostles
By Heather Whittle Wrigley, Church News and Events
- Prophets.lds.org (Prophets and Apostles Speak Today) is publishing new biographies of the current Apostles beginning this week.
- The biographies will include information and stories of each leader’s childhood, schooling, hobbies and interests, family and children, and past Church callings and positions.
- The information in “Meet today’s prophets and apostles” may be used for personal study, in Church classes, or in the home.
“These biographies will help us to feel that prophets and apostles live and speak today, and that God continues to raise up chosen servants to lead His Church.” —Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy
New biographies of members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were published today on prophets.lds.org, under the section titled “Meet today’s prophets and apostles.”
The first biography to be featured on Prophets and Apostles Speak Today is that of President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. One biography will be featured each week over the next 11 weeks, in order of the Apostles’ seniority.
Biographies of the members of the First Presidency—President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor Henry B. Eyring, and Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf—have been available on the site since October 2011.
“Learning about their childhood, student years, family life, and careers prior to their calls to the apostleship will help us see the hand of the Lord in their lives and will serve as another witness of how He calls and magnifies ordinary men and women to serve in the kingdom,” said Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy.
The biographies will include information and stories of each leader’s life, but most of all, they will show how the Lord prepared them to serve. Accompanying photographs—some of which have not been widely published—will highlight their individual ministries, families, and childhood.
Elder Pieper emphasized that these biographies will provide a more personal resource for studying and appreciating the lives of the Brethren and their lifetimes of consecration and service.
“It will be valuable to all who want to know more about living prophets,” he said. “These biographies will help us to feel that prophets and apostles live and speak today and that God continues to raise up chosen servants to lead His Church.”
The biography section will remain a permanent part of prophets.lds.org. As new apostles and prophets are called, new biographies will replace the old ones. The site will be a wonderful resource to use in family home evenings, classes, and personal study, Elder Pieper said.