Three new LDS apostles sustained in general conference

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Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund were named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today at the Church’s general conference. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

Three new members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles today during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference. With the calling of these three apostles, 100 apostles have now served in the Church since its organization in 1830. Elders Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund filled vacancies left by President Boyd K. Packer, Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Richard G. Scott.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Elder Ronald A. Rasband was serving as the Senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy at the time of his call — a calling he had served in since April 2009. He has been a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2005.

Elder Rasband was born in Salt Lake City in 1951, served a mission in the Eastern States, married Melanie Twitchell in 1973, and attended the University of Utah. He worked for Huntsman Container Company and eventually became Chief Operating Officer of Huntsman Chemical Corporation.

Read an in-depth article on Elder Rasband here.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Elder Gary E. Stevenson was serving as presiding bishop of the Church at the time of his call. He had been serving in this capacity since April 2012. Prior to his call to the presiding bishopric, Elder Stevenson served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and as president of the Asia North Area.

Elder Stevenson was born on Aug. 6, 1955, to Evan N. and Vera Jean Stevenson. He grew up in Cache Valley and served a full-time mission in Japan. He met his wife Lesa Jean Higley at Utah State and married her in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple in April 1979. Elder Stevenson cofounded and served as president of an exercise equipment manufacturing company.

Read an in-depth article on Elder Stevenson here.

Elder Dale G. Renlund

Elder Dale G. Renlund was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and in the presidency of the Africa Southeast Area before today’s call. Prior to that call, he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah Salt Lake City Area.

Elder Renlund was born in Salt Lake City in November 1952. He served a full-time mission in Sweden and married Ruth Lybbert in 1977. He received B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah, then received further medical and research training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and the Medical Director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals Cardiac Transplant Program.

Read an in-depth article on Elder Renlund here.

Other callings

Church members also publicly sustained for the first time today President Russell M. Nelson as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Nelson had been serving in this position since the death of President Boyd K. Packer in July.

The sustaining of the new apostles by Church members, as well as the sustaining of the First Presidency and other Church officers, was not unanimous in the Conference Center.

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Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.

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