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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Current Apostolic Statistics: Part Two—Updated Ages, Averages & Apostolic Nonagenarians


Hello again, everyone! I am back again now with the second part of this apostolic update, in which we will move on to talk specifics regarding the long-form and decimal ages of our current apostles, which will also include updated information on the average ages of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the 15 apostles as a group, and current and future nonagenarians.

So let’s get right into all of that. Again, all data is current as of today (Sunday January 27, 2019). Since my last update, Elder Gong has celebrated his 65th birthday (which occurred one week after my last update) and Elder Christofferson has marked his 74th (which, as noted previously, happened 3 days ago). Elder Rasband’s 68th birthday will occur 10 days from now, and the next apostolic birthday (President Henry B. Eyring’s 86th) will not occur until the last day in May. By that time, two more of these updates will have been posted on this blog, and another such update will follow 2 days after President Eyring’s birthday.

With that noted, we now move on to some exact figures about the ages (and average ages) of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and all 15 apostles as a group. In the Church’s leading Quorum, President Nelson is, as noted towards the end of my previous post, 94 years, 4 months, and 18 days old, which results in a decimal age of 94.38 years. His First Counselor, President Oaks, is now 86 years, 5 months, and 15 days old, or 86.46 years. President Eyring is now 85 years, 7 months, and 27 days old, which is 85.66 in decimal years.
 
The First Presidency thus now has a combined 266.5 years of life experience, which results in an average age for each man of 88.83 years. President Nelson remains 5.55 years older than that average, with President Oaks closest to it (as he remains 2.37 years younger than that average), which means that President Eyring remains 3.17 years below it. Unless there is something of which we are not aware in relation to the health of any of these Brethren, they will continue to set new records for the oldest-serving First Presidency in Church history for the foreseeable future.

Next, let’s turn our attention to the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Ballard’s long-form age now sits at 90 years, 3 months, and 19 days, or 90.30 years. Elder Holland now has a long-form age of 78 years 1 months, and 24 days, with a resulting 78.15 decimal years. Elder Uchtdorf (who is a mere 27 days older than his senior apostolic seatmate) age now stands at 78 years, 2 month, and 21 days old, which works out to 78.22 years.

Elder Bednar has now reached the full age of 66 years, 7 months, and 12 days, which works out to 66.62 decimal years. Elder Cook, the last and oldest of the 3 apostles born in 1940, has a long-form 78 years, 4 months, and 19 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 78.39 years. Elder Christofferson, whose birthday was, as previously noted, just 3 days ago, has now reached the age of 74 years and 3 days old, making his decimal age 74.01 years.

Elder Andersen, who will be marking a decade in the apostleship this April, is now 67 years, 5 months, and 18 days, and his decimal age is 67.47 years. Elder Rasband, who will be observing his birthday in 10 days, as I previously mentioned, is now 67 years, 11 months, and 21 days, or 67.97 years. Elder Stevenson, at exactly 4.5 years younger than Elder Rasband (as both were born on the 6th), has a long-form age of 63 years, 5 months, and 21 days old, or 63.48 in decimal years.

We move on now the final 3 apostles. Elder Renlund has now reached the exact age of 66 years, 2 months, and 14 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 66.21 years. Elder Gong, the one other apostle who has had his birthday since my last update, has a long-form age of 65 years, 1 month, and 4 days, which works out to 65.09 in decimal years. As for Elder Soares, he is now 60 years, 3 months, and 25 days old, which is a resulting 60.32 decimal years.
           
With those numbers in mind, the 12 Quorum members now have a cumulative 856.24 years of life experience, which is a resulting average of 71.35 years per member. Elders Christofferson and Rasband are respectively above and below that average, with the former now being 2.66 years older, and the latter remaining 3.38 years younger. Based on the information I provided earlier about the members of the First Presidency, the entire body of apostles now have a combined 1,122.74 years of life experience, which is an average of 74.85 years. Elder Holland is older than that average by 3.3 years, while Elder Christofferson remains 0.84 years younger.
           
We now move on to the nonagenarians. President Nelson remains the seventh oldest apostle in Church history, and is set to move up to the seventh spot on July 5 of next year. In the meantime, President Ballard’s next nonagenarian milestone will not be observed until after my next update. The exact date on which that will occur is Wednesday February 20, 2019. For the other apostles, President Oaks will join that list 3 years, 6 months, and 15 days from today, while Elder Soares will do so in 29 years, 8 months, and 5 days, with the other apostles doing so at other various intervals, which will be detailed more fully as they approach.

I hope that many of you found this information to be interesting, informative, and accurate. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such feedback is in accordance with the established guidelines. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best, and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.


Current Apostolic Statistics: Part One—Updated Data for President Oaks, President Nelson, and Longest-Serving Apostolic Groups


Hello again, everyone! While I continue to welcome comments on any previous posts (particularly any feedback any of you have on my April 2019 General Conference predictions or the latest posts on other subjects), it is time once again to bring you all updated information on the latest apostolic statistics. This data will again be published in two posts. While I hope most of you will find this information interesting and enlightening, there may be some of you who are not interested in the data I will present. Consequently, I will not in any way be offended or bothered if any of you skip over this post and the next one.

The last time I provided such an update was 6 weeks ago, on Sunday December 16. Given that today is Sunday January 27, this will be my first such update for this year. Just a quick side-note here: Sharing these updates every 6 weeks has become somewhat of a tradition on this blog, one which I hope to continue for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, I will plan to post my next update relating to this data on Sunday March 10. As usual, all data is current as of today. That said, there have been some very significant changes relating to such information since my last such update, so let’s get right into all of that.

We will first look at President Dallin H. Oaks’ tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, then turn our attention to where Church President Russell M. Nelson stands among the 16 previous Church Presidents in terms of his age and tenure length. That will be followed by some observations about the tenure lengths of our current First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and all currently-living ordained apostles as a group. The more specific data about upcoming apostolic birthdays, the long-form and decimal ages of our 15 current apostles, and details about nonagenarians will then follow in a second post.

President Oaks has now served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for a period of 1 year and 13 days, and he has not moved up among the other Quorum Presidents since my last update. As noted previously, he will only be observing his next milestone on that list in April 2019. To put that into perspective in terms of these updates, if I continue to provide them every six weeks, there will be one more update of this kind before that milestone is reached. He will then observe two additional milestones two days apart in July, followed by one each in November and December of next year. More specific details on those milestones will be forthcoming closer to the time.
 
As mentioned previously, the length of President Oaks’ service will depend not only on his health and life length, but, of course, the health and life length of President Nelson will factor into that as well. Insofar as I am aware, not one of our 15 current apostles is having any health-related issues at the present time. That said, the health of our apostles is something else I am monitoring, and I will be sure to bring updates about that to you all as I become aware of them.

Shifting our focus now to President Nelson, since he was ordained and set apart as Church President on the same day he set apart President Oaks as Quorum President, his tenure has spanned 1 year and 13 days as well. He is also now 94 years, 4 months, and 18 days old. He will observe both his second tenure-length and his first age-length milestone two days apart in July of 2019, with subsequent milestones more spread out in the years following that. And again, I will be detailing those more specifically closer to the time when they will be reached.

In the meantime, as also noted previously, the current First Presidency will only be joining the list of longest continuously serving First Presidencies in Church history on Saturday April 20, 2024, so I will be outlining their future milestones on that list closer to the time.  As for the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the current members will mark 3 years together on March 31, 2021, at which point they will join the list of the longest-serving Quorums of the Twelve Apostles in Church history. I will likewise be providing updates on those future milestones closer to that time.

Interestingly enough, less than two months prior to that, the 15 apostles will make the list of the longest-serving such group (the exact date is February 8, 2021). With that said, I want to conclude this portion of the update. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such comments are in accordance with the established guidelines. Thank you for the privilege of your time.

If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post (which will be the second half of this update that published here within the next few minutes), I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.