Name: Melvin Russell Ballard
Current Calling: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Birth Date: October 8, 1928
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, UT
Called as an Apostle: October 6, 1985
Original Occupation: Businessman
Bio: Elder Ballard served as a young missionary in England from 1948 to 1950, where he served on the mission presidency for a time. He also served in the United States Army Reserve as a First Lieutenant, resigning in 1957.
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.
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.
Russell Ballard married Barbara Bowen in the Salt Lake Temple on 28 August 1951. They are the parents of two sons and five daughters.
Highlight from April 2017 Conference: “Our beloved Heavenly Father’s plan includes giving us a growing, stretching, learning, physical mortality through which we can become more like Him. Clothing our eternal spirits in physical bodies; living by the teachings and commandments of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; and forming eternal families allows us, through the Savior’s Atonement, to fulfill God’s goal of immortality and eternal life for His children with Him in His celestial kingdom.”
(Return and Receive, April 2017)
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