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Sunday, September 22, 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 statistical 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 September 22). There have been five apostolic birthdays since my last such update: Elder Stevenson’s 64th on August 6 followed 3 days later by Elder Andersen’s 68th, which in turn was followed 3 days later by President Oaks’ 87th birthday. Then, earlier this month, Elder Cook observed his 79th birthday one day prior to the 95th birthday of our beloved prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.


And given the planned timing for my next update (which I will be publishing here on Sunday November 10), by that time, 3 other apostles will be observing their birthdays as follows: Elder Ulisses Soares, our youngest currently-serving apostle, will celebrate his 61st birthday on Wednesday October 2, which will be followed 6 days later (Tuesday October 8) by the 91st birthday of President M. Russell Ballard. Then, 4 days prior to my next planned update (on Wednesday November 6), Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf will be observing his 79th birthday. And one week later (three days after my next planned update), Elder Dale G. Renlund will celebrate his 67th birthday). 

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, 95 years, 0 months, and 13 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 95.03 years. First Counselor President Oaks is now 87 years, 1 month, and 10 days old, or 87.11 years. President Eyring, as the junior member of the First Presidency, is now 86 years, 3 months, and 22 days old, which is 86.31 in decimal years.  The First Presidency thus now has a combined 268.45 years of life experience, which results in an average age for each man of 89.48 years.

President Nelson remains 5.55 years older than that average, with President Oaks closest to it (he remains 2.37 years younger than that average), which means that President Eyring, at 0.8 years younger than President Oaks, continues to be 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, and are bound to join (and even move up quite a bit on) the list of the longest-serving First Presidencies, as I mentioned towards the end of my previous post.

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, 11 months, and 14 days, or 90.96 years. Elder Holland now has a long-form age of 78 years, 9 months, and 19 day, with a resulting 78.80 decimal years. Elder Uchtdorf (who is just 4 weeks older than his senior current apostolic seatmate) is now 78 years, 10 months, and 16 days old, which works out to 78.88 years. Elder Bednar has now reached the full age of 67 years, 3 months, and 7 days, which works out to 67.27 decimal years.

Leading off the second third of that Quorum is Elder Cook, who is also the oldest but least senior of the 3 apostles born in 1940. His long-form age is 79 years, 0 months, and 14 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 79.04 years. Elder Christofferson has now reached the age of 74 years, 7 months and 29 days, making his decimal age 74.66 years. Elder Andersen is now 68 years, 1 month, and 13 days old, and his decimal age is 68.12 years. And, as of today, Elder Rasband is 68 years, 7 months, and 15 days old, or 68.62 decimal years.

As for the final third of the Quorum, Elder Stevenson, who is 4.5 years to the day younger than Elder Rasband, has a long-form age of 64 years, 1 month, and 16 days, with a decimal age of 64.13 years. Elder Renlund, the last apostle called during the prophetic administration of President Thomas S. Monson, is now 66 years, 10 months, and 9 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 66.86 years. As for our newest apostles, Elder Gong’s long-form age is 65 years, 8 moths, and 30 days old, which works out to 65.75 decimal years. As for Elder Soares, he is now 60 years, 11 months, and 20 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 60.97 years.

Based on those numbers, the current members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles now have a combined 864.06 years of life experience, which results in an average of 72.01 years per member. Elders Christofferson and Rasband remain respectively above and below that average. Elder Christofferson is once again 2.65 years older than it, while Elder Rasband is now 3.39 years below it. With the information I presented earlier about the First Presidency, the 15 apostles as a group now have a combined 1,132.51 years of life experience, which is an average of 75.5 years. As noted previously, Elder Holland remains 3.3 years older than that average, while Elder Christofferson remains 0.84 years younger than that average. 

We now move on to the apostolic nonagenarians. As I mentioned in a previous post, President Nelson remains the 6th spot on that list, passing Ezra Taft Benson in early July, and he will not move up thereon again until late August of next year.  In the meantime, President Ballard remains the 14th oldest apostle in Church history. President Ballard will move up two more spots on that list before President Nelson moves up to his next spot. In the meantime, among the other apostles, President Oaks will join the nonagenarian list in 2 years, 10 months, and 21 days, while Elder Soares will do so in 29 years and 10 days, with the other apostles doing so at 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 now. 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, 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. Again, all data is current as of today (Sunday September 22, 2019). 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 Sunday August 4, and I am planning on posting the next scheduled update in 7 weeks, on Sunday November 10. 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, 8 months, and 8 days. As I previously mentioned. President Oaks is now the 22nd longest-serving Quorum President, and he has not moved up on that list since my last update. His next three milestones as such, as I mentioned in my last such update, will be observed consecutively, with one each in November and December 2019, and one more in January 2020. So it won’t be until my next update (planned for November 10) update that I will detail more particulars regarding the first of those next milestones.

Turning now to President Nelson, who was ordained and set apart as Church President on the same day he set apart President Oaks as President of the Quorum of the Twelve, his prophetic tenure has spanned 1 year, 8 months, and 8 days as well. Having observed his 95th birthday since my last update, he is now 95 years, 0 months, and 13 days old. Within my last couple of updates, I mentioned the particulars of of his only 2019 prophetic age and tenure milestones, which were observed two days apart in July. President Nelson is thus now the 15th longest-serving Church President, and also the 4th oldest-living Church President. He will not be moving up on either list until next summer.

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 now. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such feedback is in compliance 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.