Three new members of LDS Quorum of the Twelve announced

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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 on Saturday, October 3, 2015. (Mormon Newsroom)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints named  Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund as the three newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve.

After being sustained, the three new apostles approached the stand during the afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Oct. 3.

Elder Rasband was the senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy prior to being called as an apostle. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1951 and grew up in the state.

Elder Rasband attended the University of Utah and had a career in business. The University of Utah awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Business and Commerce. He married his wife, Melanie Twitchell, in 1973. They have five children and 24 grandchildren.

Elder Stevenson was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 2008, and has served as the Presiding Bishop since March of 2012. He was born in Ogden, Utah in 1955. Elder Stevenson married Lesa Jean Higley in 1979, and together they have four sons and six grandchildren. He attended Utah State University where he received a degree in business administration, and has served as president and chief operator of Icon Health & Fitness, Inc.

Elder Renlund was born during 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before being called as an apostle, he served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 2009. In 1977, he married Ruth Lybbert and the couple are parents of one daughter. Elder Renlund received both a B.A. and M.D. from the University of Utah and additional training from Johns Hopkins before becoming a professor of medicine at the University of Utah and a medical director.

The three new apostles were called and sustained after the deaths of President Boyd. K Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, and apostles Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Richard G. Scott since the April 2015 General Conference.

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Women’s general session:

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Now is a part of eternity

Sister Carol F. McConkie: The Lord’s agents

Sister Linda S. Reeves: Rewards will come

 Sister Rosemary M. Wixom: Divine nature within you

Saturday morning session:

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: It works!

Elder M. Russell Ballard: God is at the helm

Elder Richard J. Maynes: The joy of living a Christ-centered life

Sister Neill F. Marriott: Yielding our hearts to God

Elder Francisco J. Vinas: The pleasing word of God

Saturday afternoon session:

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Elder Bradley D. Foster: It’s never too early and it’s never too late

Elder Robert D. Hales: Meeting the challenges of today’s world

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Behold thy mother

Priesthood session:

Sunday morning session:

President Thomas S. Monson: Be an example and a light

Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Love one another

Elder Gary E. Stevenson: Fulness of times

Elder Dale G. Renlund: Through God’s eyes

President Russell M. Nelson: A plea to my sisters

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer: Let the clarion trumpet sound

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa: That they do always remember him

Sunday afternoon session:

President Henry B. Eyring: The Holy Ghost as your companion

Elder D. Todd Christofferson: Why the church

Elder Von G. Keetch: Blessed and happy are those who keep the commandments of God

Sister Carole M. Stephens: If ye love me, keep my commandments

Elder Allen D. Haynie: Remembering in whom we have trusted

Elder Kim B. Clark: Eyes to see and ears to hear

Brother Devin G. Durrant: My heart pondereth them continually

Elder Koichi Aoyagi: Hold on thy way

Elder David A. Bednar: Chosen to bear testimony of my name

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