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Sunday, April 28, 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, 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 April 28, 2019).

There have been no apostolic birthdays since my last update (which was posted on Sunday March 10 of this year). The next apostolic birthday (President Eyring’s 86th) will not occur until the last day in May. 15 days after that (on June 15) Elder Bednar will observe his 67th birthday. With this update being posted a week later than planned, and the next one moved back as a result of that, I am planning to post that next update on Sunday June 16. The next apostolic birthdays will not take place until August, and will be detailed more fully closer to the time (in the update which is now planned for Sunday August 4.)

Having noted that, 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, 7 months, and 19 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 94.63 years. First Counselor President Oaks is now 86 years, 8 months, and 16 days old, or 86.71 years. The junior member of the First Presidency, President Eyring, is now 85 years, 10 months, and 28 days old, which is 85.91 in decimal years.

The First Presidency thus now has a combined 267.25 years of life experience, which results in an average age for each man of 89.08 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, 6 months, and 20 days, or 90.55 years. Elder Holland now has a long-form age of 78 years, 4 months, and 25 days, with a resulting 78.40 decimal years. Elder Uchtdorf (who is a mere 27 days older than his senior apostolic seatmate) is now 78 years, 5 months, and 22 days old, which works out to 78.47 years. Elder Bednar has now reached the full age of 66 years, 10 months, and 13 days, which works out to 66.87 decimal years. Elder Cook, the oldest but least senior of the 3 apostles born in 1940, has a long-form age of 78 years, 7 months, and 20 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 78.64 years. Elder Christofferson has now reached the age of 74 years, 3 months and 4 days, making his decimal age 74.26 years.

Elder Andersen is now 67 years, 8 months, and 19 days old, and his decimal age is 67.72 years. Elder Rasband is now 68 years, 2 months, and 22 days old, or 68.22 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, 8 months, and 22 days, or 63.73 in decimal years. Elder Renlund is now exactly 66 years, 5 months, and 15 days, with a resulting decimal age of 66.45 years. Elder Gong is now 65 years, 4 months, and 5 days old, which works out to 65.35 in decimal years. As for Elder Soares, he is now 60 years, 6 months, and 26 days old, which is a resulting 60.57 decimal years.
           
Based on those numbers, the current members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles now have a combined 859.23 years of life experience, which results in an average of 71.6 years per member. Elders Christofferson and Rasband remain respectively above and below that average. Elder Christofferson is 2.66 years older, while Elder Rasband is 3.38 years below it. With the information I presented earlier about the First Presidency, the 15 apostles as a group now have a combined 1,126.48 years of life experience, which is an average of 75.1 years. As noted previously, Elders Holland and Christofferson are older and younger than that average, by 3.3 and 6.88 years respectively.
           
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 this year. In the meantime, President Ballard remains the the 17th oldest apostle. By the time of my next update (on June 16), he will have moved up two spots on the list to become the 15th oldest apostle. He will do so when his lifespan matches that of President Spencer W. Kimball (which will occur on Wednesday May 15), and again, less than a month later, when on June 9, his lifespan will match that of President Marion G. Romney. Among the other apostles, President Oaks will join the nonagenarian list in 3 years, 3 months, and 15 days, while Elder Soares will do so in 29 years, 5 months, and 4 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 comments are made 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 you have on my ongoing coverage of the recently-announced changes in area leadership), as I am a week later in doing so than I’d planned to be, 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. As always, it is my sincere hope that most of you will find this information interesting and enlightening. With that said, I am fully aware that some of you may not be interested in this update.

Consequently, I will not in any way be offended or bothered if any of you skip over this post and the next one. This first post, as has been the case for previous updates, will address President Dallin H. Oaks’ tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, then shift to explore where Church President Russell M. Nelson currently stands in terms of his age and tenure length among his prophetic predecessors. 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 current and future apostolic nonagenarians will then follow in a second post, which will be published a few minutes after this one is. My last such update was posted on March 10. According to the six-week schedule I had established, this update was originally due to be posted last Sunday (April 21). But as I previously mentioned, at that time, I was still in recovery from the minor procedure I had had done 3 days prior to that.

As a result, I had to defer that update until now. And in looking towards the future, I determined that, since future updates would be affected by the delay of this one, it would be best to push back all future updates to be done every seven weeks rather than every six. As a consequence, my next update will be shared on this blog on Sunday June 16. As always, all data in this update is current as of today (Sunday April 28). There is a lot to get to, so let’s jump right in.

President Oaks has now served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for a period of 1 year, 3 months, and 14 days. Roughly 2.5 weeks ago (on April 9, 2019), the length of President Oaks’ tenure matched that of Franklin D. Richards, and President Oaks thus moved up above him to become the 24th longest-serving President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As I noted previously, his next two milestones will be observed on July 7 and 9 of this year.

I will be providing more specifics on those with my fourth overall update this year (which, as a result of the delay in posting this update, I am now planning on posting on June 16 of this year). 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 have been able to ascertain, none of our 15 current apostles is experiencing any kind of age- or health-related limitations. While the lifespan and length of apostolic tenure for all of these men is in the Lord’s hands, I am reasonably certain it will be several years before the next apostolic death.
And speaking of 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, 3 months, and 14 days as well. He is also now 94 years, 7 months, and 19 days old. He will observe his only 2019 tenure-length and age-length milestones two days apart on July 3 and 5 respectively with subsequent milestones more spread out in the years following that. And again, I will be detailing those more specifically during my next update on this information, which is now planned for Sunday June 16.

In the meantime, as also noted previously, I have been keeping lists of the longest-continuously serving First Presidencies, Quorums of the Twelve Apostles, and apostolic groups as a whole. Those lists include 13 of each of those groups that have served together for the longest continuous periods of time. The current First Presidency will only be joining the list of other First Presidencies 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.


PDF of May 2019 Ensign Now Available/Report on How My Predictions for the Table of Contents Turned Out

Hello again, everyone! Late yesterday night, I found out that the PDF version of the May 2019 Ensign is now available to download online. Just one week ago, I had published on this blog a projection for what the table of contents might look like for this General Conference edition of the Ensign. Now that the official PDF version is available for online reading, I wanted to post again to share the results in terms of how the table of contents I put together compares with the actual magazine.

In an unusual move, it appears that the May 2019 Ensign only has 128 pages, whereas in recent years, at least the May edition has consisted of 144 pages. Also, not surprisingly, the picture inside the front cover is that group picture of the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles which was taken while they were in Rome Italy for the dedication of the temple in that city. Other than these notes, all that remains is to share my estimates for that table of contents again, with the corrected page numbers in parentheses. That information follows below. In order to not disturb the flow of that information, I will end here and now as I always do: 

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 made 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 should be the two-part apostolic statistical update that will be published here later today), I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.


Possible Table of Contents for the May 2019 Ensign (Text in parentheses denotes a correction.)
Session
Page
Title
Speaker

2
Conference Summary for the 188th Annual General Conference


4
Highlights from the 188th Annual General Conference

SAM
6
How Can I Understand?
Elder Ulisses Soares

10 (9)
Careful vs. Casual
Becky Craven

13 (11)
Answers to Prayer
Elder Brook P. Hales

16 (15)
Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

21 (19)
Just as He Did
Bishop W. Christopher Waddell

24 (22)
A Home Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells
President Henry B. Eyring
SAA
28 (26)
The Sustaining of Church Officers
President Dallin H. Oaks

29 (27)
Church Auditing Department Report, 2017
Kevin R. Jergensen

30 (28)
The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ
President M. Russell Ballard

34 (31)
Seeking Knowledge by the Spirit
Elder Mathias Held

37 (34)
The Eye of Faith
Elder Neil L. Andersen

41 (38)
Feasting upon the Words of Christ
Elder Takashi Wada

43 (41)
Hearing His Voice
Elder David P. Homer

46 (44)
Behold the Lamb of God
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
SPH
50 (47)
Your Priesthood Playbook
Elder Gary E. Stevenson

54 (51)
The Quorum: A Place of Belonging
Elder Carl B. Cook

57 (54)
Look unto Jesus Christ
Elder Kim B. Clark

60 (58)
The Power of Sustaining Faith
President Henry B. Eyring

64 (60)
Where Will This Lead?
President Dallin H. Oaks

68
(67)
Ministering with the Power and Authority of God
President Russell M. Nelson
SUM
75 (70)
Abound with Blessings
Elder Dale G. Renlund

79 (73)
Christ, The Light That Shines in Darkness
Sharon Eubank

82 (76)
Great Love for Our Father’s Children
Elder Quentin L. Cook          

86 (81)
Preparing for the Lord’s Return
Elder D. Todd Christofferson

90 (85)
The Atonement of Jesus Christ
Tad R. Callister

93 (88)
Come, Follow Me
President Russell M. Nelson
SUA
97 (91)
Cleansed by Repentance
President Dallin H. Oaks

101 (95)
Exercising Our Spiritual Muscles
Elder Juan Pablo Villar

104 (97)
Good Shepherd, Lamb of God
Elder Gerrit W. Gong

107 (101)
Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing
Elder David A. Bednar

111 (105)
The Immediate Goodness of God
Elder Kyle S. McKay

114 (107)
Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection
Elder Ronald A. Rasband

118 (111)
Closing Remarks
President Russell M. Nelson





72 (64)
General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


119 (112)
Statistical Report


120 (113)
Conference Story Index


121 (114)
News of the Church, including new leader biographies, temple updates, scripture translations, etc.)


137 (127)
Come Follow Me—For Elders’ Quorum and Relief Society


144 (128)
Last Page of Conference Ensign