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Today is Elder Renlund’s 70th birthday. Here are 9 of his quotes from the past year

Born Nov. 13, 1952, Elder Renlund has served as an Apostle since 2015

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Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Sister Ruth L. Renlund pose for a group photo with those attending the For the Strength of Youth conference at the Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News


Today is Elder Renlund’s 70th birthday. Here are 9 of his quotes from the past year

Born Nov. 13, 1952, Elder Renlund has served as an Apostle since 2015

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Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Sister Ruth L. Renlund pose for a group photo with those attending the For the Strength of Youth conference at the Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Elder Dale G. Renlund was sustained on Oct. 3, 2015, as one of three new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles called during that general conference. He was born on Nov. 13, 1952, in Salt Lake City, and raised in Finland, Sweden and Utah, later returning to Sweden as a young full-time missionary.

Elder Renlund received bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Utah, with further training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a professor of medicine at the University of Utah and the medical director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals Cardiac Transplant Program.

He married Ruth Lybbert in 1977 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of one daughter. Prior to being called as an Apostle, Elder Renlund served in the Africa Southeast Area presidency, was a General Authority Seventy and an Area Seventy.

In honor of his birthday, here are nine quotes from Elder Renlund in the past year.

1. Personal revelation

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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

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“I invite you to have the confidence to claim personal revelation for yourself, understanding what God has revealed, consistent with the scriptures and commandments He has given through His appointed prophets, and within your own purview and agency.”

— “A Framework for Personal Revelation,” October 2022 general conference

2. Learn from Church history

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, speak to young adults around the world during a Worldwide Devotional broadcast in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Sept. 11, 2022.

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, speak to young adults around the world during a Worldwide Devotional broadcast in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Sept. 11, 2022.

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“Our history is inspiring. This history is our shared heritage, whether we descend from early pioneers, later pioneers, or if we are pioneers in the faith.”

Worldwide Devotional for young adults, Sept. 11, 2022

3. FSY’s impact on youth

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Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, greets youth attending the For the Strength of Youth conference at the Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

“We hope that [youth] will develop a faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a commitment to following Him. God’s purpose in parenting isn’t to have His children be obedient but to have His children choose to be obedient. And FSY creates an environment and a milieu in which they can make these decisions under the influence of the Spirit.”

For the Strength of Youth conference at University of Utah, July 20, 2022

4. Heavenly help in parenting

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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks at a devotional for parents during his visit to the Philippines June 8-20, 2022, with Sister Ruth Renlund.

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“[Parenting] is the most challenging task and requires the most out of us, the most inspiration from heaven to do it. And it’s because of how God set it up to be.”

Ministering in the Philippines, July 1, 2022

5. Truths in the Young Women theme

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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during the women’s session of the 192nd Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

“I invite you to center your life on Jesus Christ and remember the foundational truths in the Young Women theme. If you are willing, the Holy Ghost will guide you. Our Heavenly Father wants you to become His heir and receive all that He has.”

— “Your Divine Nature and Eternal Destiny,” April 2022 general conference

6. The ‘perfect message’

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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the devotional at the MTC in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News

“That perfect message centers on the Lord Jesus Christ, on Heavenly Father and His plan and on the Restoration of the gospel in its fullness. That is the perfect message. That is what we preach. That is what we get to when we are at our strongest — and you are the perfect messenger, even if you are imperfect in some ways.”

Devotional at Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, March 22, 2022

7. Disagreements

“When love of Christ envelops our lives, we approach disagreements with meekness, patience, and kindness. We assume that those with whom we disagree are doing the best they can with the life experiences they have.”

This week on social, Feb. 4, 2022

8. Personal revelation

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Sister Lucie Kyungu and Elder Alfred Kyungu, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, talk on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at the Church office building in Salt Lake City as they prepare to record message for a devotional in the French language.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

“Learning to hear Him is the safest way to go through life. Challenges become less daunting when we know we are guided by the Holy Ghost.”

Devotional for French-speaking young adults, Jan. 9, 2022

9. Knowledge of the Savior

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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles smiles as he speaks at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

“My father and mother knew who that babe in Bethlehem was and what He would grow up to accomplish. This knowledge transformed them. They desired not only that we children would believe on their words but that we would come to know for ourselves, so that we could be transformed, too.”

First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional, Dec. 5, 2021

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