- M. Russell Ballard
M. Russell Ballard Quorum of the Twelve Apostles October 6, 1985– incumbent Called by Spencer W. Kimball LDS Church Apostle October 10, 1985– October 6, 1985 Called by Spencer W. Kimball Reason Death of Bruce R. McConkie Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy February 21, 1980– October 6, 1985 Called by Spencer W. Kimball End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles First Quorum of the Seventy April 3, 1976– October 6, 1985 Called by Spencer W. Kimball End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Personal details Born Melvin Russell Ballard, Jr.
October 8, 1928
Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation Businessman Spouse Barbara Bowen
Melvin Russell Ballard, Jr. (born October 8, 1928) is an American businessman and a religious leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve in the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1985. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Ballard is accepted by the church members as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Currently, he is the sixth most senior apostle among the ranks of the Church.
Ballard was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Melvin Russell Ballard Sr. and his wife Geraldine Smith Ballard. As a young man he served as a missionary in England from 1948 to 1950. He met his wife while they were studying at the University of Utah. In 1974, Ballard was called to be the president of the Canada Toronto Mission of the church. He served as mission president and was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976; he completed his three-year term as mission president as a member of the Seventy.
Professionally, Ballard became involved in several enterprises, including automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He was the top-selling salesman for his father’s Nash car dealership when he left it in the early 1950s to pursue other business interests. In 1956, Ballard returned and took over the Ballard Motor Company from his father. During this period he also served in the United States Army Reserve, resigning his commission as a first lieutenant in 1957.
During the late 1950s, Ballard was recruited by the Ford Motor Company to become the first Edsel car dealer for Salt Lake City. After praying for guidance, he had the "clear impression" not to sign the franchise. He did anyway and incurred a huge loss, "without doubt the darkest period" of his business career.
One highlight of his business career was his presidency of the Valley Music Hall in Bountiful, Utah, which offered high-quality family entertainment. There Ballard worked with Art Linkletter, Danny Thomas, Bob Cummings, and other Hollywood celebrities who were advisers to the enterprise. Although the music hall failed financially, he ensured that investors recovered the money invested.
Ballard married Barbara Bowen in 1951. The Ballards are the parents of seven children. One of their daughters is married to Peter Huntsman, who is the brother of Jon Huntsman, Jr., former governor of Utah, and the son of LDS Church area seventy and billionaire philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman.
- Ballard, M. Russell (2009), Daughters of God, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, ISBN 9781606410431, OCLC 268547494
- ^ a b Richardson, Matthew O. "M. Russell Ballard" in Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan, ed., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 74, ISBN 9781573458221 OCLC 44634356
- ^ M. Russell Ballard, Our Search for Happiness: An Invitation to Understand the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1993), 85-86.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Leader Biographies: Official Biographies for leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", Newsroom (LDS Church), http://newsroom.lds.org/leader-biographies/elder-m-russell-ballard
- Lubeck, Kathleen (March 1986), "Elder M. Russell Ballard: True to the Faith", Ensign: 6, http://lds.org/ensign/1986/03/elder-m-russell-ballard-true-to-the-faith?lang=eng
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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Joseph B. Wirthlin
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