Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The recent deaths of Elder L. Tom Perry, President Boyd K. Packer and Elder Richard G. Scott created three vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

With the possibility that these positions could be filled during the 185th Semiannual General Conference, DeseretNews.com compiled stories from current and former church leaders about their calls to the quorum.

Click through to read about the experiences of 21 church leaders.

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