Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were looking forward to the 185th Semiannual General Conference with much anticipation. For the first time in nearly 100 years, three vacancies were open in the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke of the opportunity to sustain the new apostles.
“During this conference weekend, we will be privileged to sustain three who have been called by the Lord to take their place among the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” said Uchtforf.
Many members expected the sustaining to happen during the morning session of the conference, but were surprised when it didn’t happen.
“All of my friends we were like, oh okay three of them today, this morning,” said Emmaline Neubert from Lehi, Utah. “Then they didn’t call them so then we guessed we got them all mixed up and maybe it’s the afternoon session?”
The afternoon session began with President Henry B. Eyring conducting the sustaining of church officers and the three new Apostles were called.
Elders Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund took their place as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Later that day a press conference was held. There the newly called Apostles shared their thoughts and feelings.
“So of all things that I could say to you in this opening few minutes, it would be my great honor and great privilege to serve the Lord, to serve the first presidency and the quorum of the twelve for the rest of my life,” said Rasband.
“I am now humbled to be called into the Quorum of the Twelve and with it, a greater ecclesiastical role,” said Stevenson, “but yet a responsibility that’s very similar to caring for the poor and the needy.”
“I do know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world,” said Renlund. “I can witness of his living reality, that he is my Savior and your Savior. I know that that’s true and I trust completely in President Monson’s statement that who he calls, he qualifies.”
At the end of the press conference family members of Elders Rasband, Stevenson and Renlund got to see them for the first time since learning of the callings that afternoon.
The three new Apostles mark the 98th, 99th, and 100th apostles called since the restoration of the church.
Reporting from Salt Lake City, I’m Dallin Cervo, Scroll TV News.