How the newest Latter-day Saint apostle ties a church history record for the Quorum of the Twelve

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints A day after his call as an apostle, Elder Patrick Kearon and Sister Jennifer Kearon pose for a photo in Laie, Hawaii, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. The calling of Elder Kearon, who spoke at BYU-Hawaii’s fall commencement on Friday, made the quorum as international as it’s ever been in its 185-year history. This article was first published in the ChurchBeat newsletter . Sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox each Wednesday night. President Russell M. Nelson created a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that matches a church history record when he called Elder Patrick Kearon last week as the newest apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Kearon’s calling and ordination marks the first time in 117 years that three members of the quorum have been from outside the United States. Elder Kearon is a British-Irish national. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was born in Germany and Elder Ulisses Soares is a native of Brazil. Together, the three of them make the quorum as international as it ever has been in its 188-year history. Related New apostle called: Elder Patrick Kearon joins Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Newest apostle, Elder Patrick Kearon: ‘Put your hand into the hand of God’ Since it’s only the third time this has happened in church history, let’s explore the two previous instances: In October 1889, Elders Marriner W. Merrill, who was born in Canada, and Anthon H. Lund, who was from Denmark, joined a quorum that already included Elder George Teasdale, who was born in England. They served together for 12 years, until Elder Lund was called into the First Presidency in October 1901. In July 1904, Elder Charles W. Penrose of England was called to join Elders Merrill […]

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