A month of celebrations: Birthdays of current LDS apostles

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 7:23 a.m. MDT

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

August is a month of celebration for several of the apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Five of the 15 apostles celebrate their birthdays this month, beginning with Elder Perry's, which is today.

This year also marks Elder Perry's 40th year serving in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

In this list, learn when the apostles celebrate their birthdays and when they were called to their current positions in the LDS Church.

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Springville, UT

The "babies" of the group are 62 years of age....


I had just been thinking about the massive responsibilities of the "General Authorities" when I read this. So much to do these days with a Church of about 15 millions scattered throughout the world, and the various different cultures and national governments etc. They seem to me to do an excellent, caring and inspired job. I am somewhat in awe I must say.

Ft Thomas, KY

I remember Elder Bednar looking young when he was first called. Not so much now. He has sure aged a lot in the last 10 years.

Ft Thomas, KY

And I find it stunning that Elder Ballard is 85. He seriously looks (and acts) about 60. I hope I age that gracefully.

Kosciusko, Mississippi

Happy Birthday Elder Perry! Many years ago you were in Nashville, Tennessee, for a stake conference. Had dinner at the Stake President's home with dessert aftter the meeting at our home. You kicked a ball from under my oldest son's head and scared that young man sillly. There were chocolate pies to eat, and the young people who had gathered at our home had eaten the two that had firmed up....leaving two pies that were more like pudding. You ate two helping of those and said you had always liked chocolate pudding. It was a great ending to a wonderful spiritual day. That young man served a mission in Taiwan and 2 sons each served missions. Now both his boys have been sealed in the Temple, one has 3 children, the other newly married. Your influence has touched the lives of my family.They all live in Utah: Alpine and Provo.
Again, I wish you a very happy birthday.

Brother Dave
Livermore, CA

Happy Birthday Elder Perry!!!

You are a Great Example to us all!!

Lord Bless you!!!

Medical Lake, Washington

I may be alone on this -- but it seems to me that Elder Perry never ages. Hope he has many good years ahead of him.

Kaysville, UT

My mother-in-law, Mary Maughan, always looked up to you, in more ways than one, even though she was born two months earlier in Logan. Thank you for being a exemplary servant for us all.


Happy Birthday Elder Perry-- we share the same Birthday! Hope you have a Wonderful D
ay. You look amazing! Always look forward to hearing your Words of Wisdom!

Glendale, AZ

@ulvegaard I know--how DOES he do that? Must be that good Wyoming air he breathed for much of his life. I also like how he always has a twinkle in his eye.


Well it IS the BEST month - especially Elder Hales! HA HA HA!

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, TX

I remember when Elder Perry was the newest member of the Twelve. When I received the Melchizedek Priesthood, and asked the brother who conferred it upon me for his Priesthood lineage, I discovered that Elder Perry was in it.

I am surprised at the ages of these vigorous men -- they seem so much younger. I am reminded of Doctrine & Covenants 84:33 -- their bodies seem to be well-renewed!

Mesa, AZ

What an amazing group of leaders! The Church will grow to scores of millions, perhaps even hundreds of millions, but there will still be only 12 Apostles. Yes, they have lots of help from other general and area authorities, but the demands of their unique calling will continue to increase. In terms of careers and family time, these men have sacrificed much.

Provo, UT

Happy Birthday, Brethren! While bodies may and do age, the spirit is timeless! How we love and appreciate the counsel of these wonderful men of God! Our family can hardly wait for October General Conference 2014!

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