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Sunday, June 9, 2019

President M. Russell Ballard Observes His Third 2019 Nonagenarian Milestone

Hello again, everyone! With today being Sunday June 9, 2019, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is observing his third 2019 apostolic nonagenarian milestone. The length of his life to-date is now 90 years, 8 months, and 1 day. His lifespan thus currently matches that of President Marion G. Romney, who, at the time of his passing, had been serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. But because President Romney had been experiencing the effects of advancing age between mid-1981 and his death in mid-May 1988, President Howard W. Hunter had been designated Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

An additional note on President Romney is that he had, prior to returning to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and being designated its' president, served as Second Counselor to 11th Church President Harold B. Lee, and retained that assignment throughout most of the tenure of 12th Church President Spencer W. Kimball. When First Counselor President N. Eldon Tanner passed away in late November 1982, President Kimball designated President Romney as his First Counselor, with President Gordon B. Hinckley, who had joined the First Presidency in mid-July 1981 due to the infirmity and old age of Presidents Kimball, Tanner, and Romney, designated as Second Counselor to President Kimball.

Getting back to President Ballard, though, the length of his lifespan as nf today merely matches that of President Romney. But unless something significant happens and President Ballard were to pass away before tomorrow, since he continues to live and serve as an apostolic nonagenarian, I have moved him up to President Romney's previous spot on the list of apostolic nonagenarians. President Romney thus now ranks as the 16th oldest apostle in Church history, with President Ballard having now become the 15th oldest apostle in Church history.

Just as a reminder about other upcoming apostolic milestones, Elder David A. Bednar will be observing his 67th birthday this Saturday (June 15), and I will be posting a birthday tribute to him at some point on that date. The next day, I will be posting my fourth 2019 apostolic milestone update, which I am very excited about, given all that has changed or will be changing before that update is posted.

Looking ahead to July, President Nelson will be observing his only 2019 prophetic tenure length and age milestones 2 days apart. On Wednesday July 3, he will have served as long as Harold B. Lee, and will thus become the 15th longest-serving prophet in Church history. On Friday July 5, the length of President Nelson's lifespan will have matched that of Ezra Taft Benson, making President Nelson the 4th oldest Church President. That same day, President Nelson will also take President Benson's place as the 6th oldest nonagenarian apostle.

And Presidents Oaks and Ballard will also observe some apostolic milestones in July as well. On Sunday July 7, the length of President Oaks' tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will match that of President Spencer W. Kimball, and will thus assume President Kimball's spot on that list. He will move up on the list again two days later (on Tuesday July 9), when the length of his tenure will match the second (and longest) tenure of President Brigham Young Jr., who is the only man to have his tenure as Quorum President interrupted by the service of another Quorum President.

The unique circumstances between President Young Jr.'s two separate tenures as Quorum President came into play during the Church Presidency of Lorenzo Snow. At the time of Brigham Jr.'s first appointment as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he was seen as more senior in the apostleship than George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, who were President Snow's counselors in the First Presidency due to having been ordained as an apostle prior to Presidents Cannon and Smith.

But within less than a year, President Snow determined that the relevant date which should come into play for the seniority of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is the date on which they joined the Quorum, rather than the date on which they were ordained apostles. Since Brigham Young Jr.'s appointment to the Quorum of the Twelve came after that of Presidents Cannon and Smith, President Snow adjusted his seniority, making Brigham Young Jr. the fourth most senior apostle.

Based on that adjusted seniority, if the practice as understood today had been followed, President Young Jr. would have been designated Acting President of the Quorum, with the assignment of Quorum President being held first by President Cannon until his death in mid-April 1901, then by President Smith until the reorganization of the First Presidency following the  mid-October 1901 death of President Snow.

With the calling of an Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles only beginning to be  implemented during President Joseph F. Smith's prophetic tenure, as a result, Brigham Young Jr. initially served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from mid-December 1899 to mid-October 1901. When President Snow passed away, President Smith then served as Quorum President for the 7 days between that and his ordination as Church President. Brigham Young Jr. went on to serve a second time as Quorum President from mid-October 1901 until his own death in mid-April 1903.

Having noted that, President Oaks' July 9 Quorum Presidential milestone will be marked when the length thereof matches the aforementioned second tenure of Brigham Young Jr., and President Oaks will thus become the 22nd longest-serving Quorum President in Church history. Then, on the last day of July (Wednesday the 31st), President M. Russell Ballard will be observing his fourth (and final) 2019 nonagenarian milestone. On that date, his lifespan will then match that of President Boyd K. Packer, and President Ballard will thus become the 14th oldest apostle of this dispensation. Be on the lookout for reports of these milestones as they are observed.

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