It has been seven weeks (just short of two months) since I last posted here on the blog about apostolic age and tenure milestones. In view of how much has changed within that time, I think I am beyond overdue to cover this topic again, including updating you all on the latest milestones that our apostles have reached. This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I am grateful to the Lord for giving me such a profound and deep appreciation for such things. And it is my hope that some few of you may find all of this as interesting as I do. For those not interested, I don’t mind at all if you bypass or overlook the remainder of this post. Before getting started, I should like to note that the figures contained within this post are current as of today (Sunday August 6).
For those that are sticking with me through this, we will start this time as we have always done: by talking about President Russell M. Nelson’s tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Last month, a day before Independence Day (on July 3), President Nelson marked exactly two years of service in the Quorum Presidency. As of today, he has served for It is awesome to see how vigorously he continues to ensure the work of the Quorum is up-to-date. In President Nelson, I see clearly a fulfillment of the promise given in the oath and covenant of the priesthood, and I testify that he has truly been “sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewal of [his body].” I still say it would not surprise me if he lives long enough to become the oldest living apostle in Church history. Last month (on July 9), he became the 18th longest-serving Quorum President. Assuming no change in the presidency of either the Quorum of the Twelve or the Church itself between now and then (which may be possible, if not perhaps very likely), on Wednesday October 11 he will become the 17th longest serving Quorum President, a distinction currently held by Anthon H. Lund.
His final Quorum Presidency tenure milestone this year will happen on Monday December 18, when he will become the 16th longest serving Quorum President, having served longer than Harold B. Lee. The tenure milestones he will observe after that are more spread out, but I will report on his progress towards those milestones in later updates. And as is true with any other details, however many additional milestones President Nelson observes during his tenure (however long that turns out to be) will be completely in the Lord’s hands.
For now, let’s turn our attention to President Monson. In view of the announcement made on May 23, he will no doubt be making less public appearances and may or may not deliver any other prepared remarks during however much longer he will be alive. His 90th birthday is now a mere 15 days away. When that day rolls around, he will become the 7th nonagenarian Church President. Just over one month ago, on June 30, he observed a milestone related to his tenure length as well, becoming the 8th longest serving prophet and taking the spot that was previously held by President Wilford Woodruff. Until more is known about President Monson’s health and situation, it will be difficult to project how many other milestones he might reach as our prophet. He could live for several more years, or, if the Lord wills it, could pass away in the near or more distant future.
As I noted in my last update, our current First Presidency was the 5th of the top 5 longest serving unchanged First Presidencies in the history of the Church. On June 28, they became the 4th longest serving First Presidency, and just last Monday, July 31, they became the 3rd longest serving First Presidency. If there have been no changes to our current First Presidency by September 12 of next year, they will become the second-longest serving First Presidency. And if, through God’s will, nothing changes by July 3, 2020, they will have become the longest-serving First Presidency in Church history. All that will depend entirely on whether or not each member of our current First Presidency. I am hoping they will reach all of these milestones, but that is in the Lord’s hands. Whatever happens there, rest assured that I will be reporting on any developments as I become aware of them.
I should also note that, in order to be among the longest continuous serving Quorums of the Twelve Apostles, the current group would need to serve until Thursday January 17, 2019. That may or may not happen. As I have previously observed, one or two of our current 12 apostles is having health issues, and President Nelson is the oldest of the current 12 apostles, so it could very well be that our current Quorum of the Twelve will not reach even that first milestone. It is almost equally certain that all of our 15 apostles as a group will not meet either of the two longest periods without a change being made. To reach the second-longest milestone, our 15 apostles would need to continue serving until April 3, 2022. The Lord has been known to surprise us, though, so it could happen. Once more is known in this regard, I will pass that along.
For now, let’s turn our attention to apostolic age developments. Since President Monson’s 90th birthday is just 15 days away, that puts his exact age at 89 years, 11 months, and 16 days, with his decimal age being 89.96 years. President Eyring now stands at 84 years, 2 months, 6 days, which is 84.18 years. Rounding out the First Presidency is President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who has now reached the age of 76 years, 9 months exactly, which works out to 76.75 years. As of today, the First Presidency has a combined 250.89 years of life experience, which works out to an average of 83.63 years for each of them.
As you can imagine, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has aged up a bit since my last report. President Nelson’s 93rd birthday is now just over a month away. He is now 92 years, 10 months, and 28 days old (which puts him at 92.91 decimal years). Elder Oaks, whose birthday is in just six days, stands at 84 years, 11 months, and 25 days old (with a decimal age of 84.98 years). His birthday is coming up in August. Elder Ballard today has reached the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 29 days old (which is 88.83 decimal years).
Elder Hales, who is 12 days younger than Elder Oaks and another apostle with an August birthday, now stands at 84 years, 11 months, and 13 days old (84.95 decimal years). Elder Holland is 76 years, 8 months, and 3 days old (being 76.67 in decimal years). Elder Bednar now stands at 65 years, 1 month, and 22 days, having a decimal age of 65.14 years. Elder Cook, who is older than both President Uchtdorf and Elder Holland, marked 76 years, 10 months, and 29 days old, which makes his decimal age 76.91 decimal years. As for Elder Christofferson, his actual age is 72 years, 7 months, and 13 days, while his decimal age has now reached 72.53 years.
Rounding out the junior third of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the most senior is Elder Andersen, whose birthday is three days from now. He has reached the age of 65 years, 11 months, and 28 days old, putting him at 65.99 years. Elder Rasband, just over six months older than his seatmate, has now reached the age of 66 years, 6 months even (which works out to exactly 66.50 decimal years) today. Elder Stevenson celebrated his 62nd birthday today, which is no different expressed in long or decimal form. Elder Renlund, the least senior but second youngest apostle, has now reached 64 years, 8 months, and 24 days old, putting his decimal age at 64.73 years.
With that information noted, I wanted to mention that the combined amount of life experience for the current Quorum of the Twelve Apostles now stands at 902.14 years, which averages out to around 75.18 years. In adding the years of life experience of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, we arrive at a grand total of 1153.03 years of life experience for the 15 apostles. And the average age of all of these 15 apostles now stands at 76.87 years. Again, I am honestly not sure about how that compares with apostolic averages of the past. If anyone knows, they can be sure to let me know. But as I have observed previously, I am sure it is both older than some and younger than others.
Now, if I may, I would like to share a few thoughts about present and future nonagenarian apostles. President Nelson’s lifespan outlasted that of Elder L. Tom Perry when he (Presdient Nelson) became the 9th oldest apostle on Wednesday July 5 (just over a month ago), taking the spot now held by Elder L. Tom Perry. While not necessarily a notable milestone, as mentioned earlier, President Nelson will mark his 93rd birthday 1 month and 3 days from today. President Nelson will reach other nonagenarian milestones this year as well, becoming the 8th oldest living apostle on Wednesday October 18, when he will have lived longer than did Elder Richard R. Lyman. And just over two months after that (on Friday December 22), he will become the 7th oldest apostle, having lived longer than Charles W. Penrose. His next nonagenarian milestone will not be observed until 2019.
As already noted, President Monson will join the ranks of apostolic nonagenarians on Monday August 21, 2017. The only other nonagenarian milestone that President Monson will observe this month will happen on Wednesday September 27, when he will have lived longer than J. Reuben Clark. He will observe a few more milestones next year if he is still alive by then. As always, once anything more is known, I will pass that along. Until that time, I wanted to at least note these things.
Our other apostles will take varying lengths of time to join the list of nonagenarians, from Elder Ballard (who will do so in 1 year, 2 months, and 2 days, to Elder Stevenson’s 28 years even. I am keeping an eye on all tenure and age developments relating to our apostles and will pass that information along as I am able to do so in the future.
For now, this is the latest information I have. It will be interesting to see what happens with our apostles over the next several years. Some will pass, and others will take their place. I hope you all enjoyed this update. Thanks for the privilege of your time. Let me know any thoughts you might have, if you are willing to do so. Until I post again, I wish you all the best.