Today three new apostles were called in General Conference. In case you missed the announcement, the new apostles are:

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

  • Age: 64
  • Calling before being called to be an apostle: Senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy
  • Mission: Eastern States Mission

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

  • Age:60
  • Calling before being called to be an apostle: Presiding Bishop
  • Mission: Japan

Elder Dale G. Renlund

  • Age: 63
  • Calling before being called to be an apostle: Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy
  • Mission: Sweden

Apostles are called to be special witnesses of Jesus Christ. These three men have been called and qualified to this sacred calling. Here is a look at their testimonies of Christ from previous sessions of general conference:



Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“I have a testimony in my heart, brothers and sisters, that God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ know and love us individually. I’m not sure I fully understand how, I just know and have experienced that They do. I urge all of us in our own ministries, to our families and to our fellowman, to embrace the Savior’s warm invitation to come unto Him, one by one, and be perfected in Him.”

–Elder Ronald A. Rasband, “One by One






“I conclude where I began, with the words of an innocent child: “You are never lost when you can see the temple.” And I add my testimony of the sacred nature of our homes and of the Lord’s temples. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father. I bear witness of Jesus Christ and of His role as our Savior and Redeemer and of living prophets authorized to exercise all priesthood keys from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson.” -Elder Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples”






“My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites. As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were. I am deeply grateful for the Savior, for His infinite Atonement, and for latter-day prophets who encourage us to be Latter-day Saints, to keep on trying.

-Elder Dale G. Renlund, “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying




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Lindsey served in the California Riverside Mission, Spanish-speaking. She now studies journalism at BYU. You can find her on Instagram, @lindseybwilliams, or on Twitter, @lindsey5brooke.

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