On Thursday, Oct. 8, President M. Russell Ballard celebrates his 92nd birthday.
President Ballard has been serving as the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since Jan. 14, 2018. He was sustained as an apostle on Oct. 6, 1985.
While serving as president of the Canada Toronto Mission, he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1976. From February 1980 to October 1985, he served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.
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He married Barbara Bowen on Aug. 28, 1951, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of seven children. Sister Ballard passed away on Oct. 1, 2018, at the age of 86. President Ballard acknowledged the passing of his wife during his October 2018 and October 2019 general conference talks.
During his October 2020 general conference address, President Ballard reminded listeners of the power of prayer amidst a deadly global pandemic where individuals' lives are being disrupted and many feel isolated and alone.
“Each night when I pray, I ask the Lord to bless all who are burdened with grief, pain, loneliness and sadness. I know that other Church leaders echo that same prayer. Our hearts, individually and collectively, go out to you and our prayers go to God on your behalf,” he said.
Here are 27 photos celebrating the life of President Ballard: