SALT LAKE CITY – Three new apostles were called to fill vacancies left in the wake of the recent passing of members of the LDS Church’s second-highest ranking body, the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, earlier this year.
In the afternoon session of the biannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elders Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund were each called to fill the gaps in the quorum left by the deaths of Elder L. Tom Perry, President Boyd K, Packer and Elder Richard G. Scott.
Each new member of the Quorum hails from Utah.
According to a church press release, Renlund’s call to the office makes him the 100th apostle called in the church since it’s organization in 1830.
Prior to their callings, Rasband, 64, of Utah, was serving as the senior president in the Presidency of the Seventy, and body of general authorities of the church that serves under the Quorum of Twelve. He became a general authority of the Church in April 2000. Professionally, he has been the president and CEO of Huntsman Chemical Corporation.
Stevenson, 60, of Utah, was serving as the presiding bishop of the church since March 2012 and previously served in the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he was called in 2008. He will continue in his position as presiding bishop for what is expected to be a short period until his replacement is named. Professionally, he co-founded and served as president and chief operating officer of Icon Health & Fitness Inc.
Renlund, 62, of Utah, had served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since April 2009 prior to being named to the Quorum of the Twelve. He was a professor of medicine at the University of Utah and the medical director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals Cardiac Transplant Program.
The three men join the second-highest ranking body of leaders in the LDS Church who oversee its governance and direction worldwide. They are directed by the First Presidency, which is composed of the church’s president and his two counselors.
Like the apostles in ancient times, the men who hold that title today come from a variety of fields, including law, business, medicine, academia and the judiciary, and they too put aside their respective professions to serve full-time as witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Calls to the Quorum of Twelve are lifelong assignments.
A replacement in the Quorum of the Twelve is called by the president of the church, who seeks and receives inspiration in extending the call, according to a church news release. New members of the quorum are generally called from the general authorities and senior leadership of the church.
Rasband, Stevenson and Renlund will address the general membership of the church during a conference session to be held Sunday morning, which can be viewed at LDS.org.
Resources – additional information provided by MormonNewsroom.org
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Prepared for a Lifetime of Service
- Elder Gary E. Stevenson: A Life of Constancy and Service
- Elder Dale G. Renlund: An Understanding Heart
- LDS Church announces death of 3rd apostle this year, Elder Richard G. Scott
- Mormon apostle Boyd K. Packer dies at 90
- Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry dies at 92
- 3 Mormon women appointed to historically all-male LDS church leadership councils
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