APOSTLES -- Presidents of the Quorum of the Twelve Quizzes
QUESTION: Which apostle has served the longest as the
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles? Which apostle has served the
shortest in that position?
ANSWER: Orson Hyde served the longest period of time as President of the Quorum of Twelve, serving 27 years and 3 months in that position. David O. McKay served the shortest period of time in that position, serving only 6 months.
QUESTION: Two of our previous Presidents of the Church had sons serve
as Presidents of the Quorum of the Twelve. Can you name these fathers and their
ANSWER: The two Presidents of the Church that had sons serve as Presidents of the Quorum of the Twelve are Brigham Young and Joseph F. Smith. The sons who served in that capacity were Brigham Young, Jr. (1901 to 1903) and Joseph Fielding Smith (1951 to 1970).
QUESTION: Who was the most recent apostle that passed away while
serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles?
ANSWER: The most recent apostle that passed away while serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve was Elder Marion G. Romney. Elder Romney passed away of
QUESTION: In this dispensation, 24 apostles have served as President
of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. How many of those 24 died while serving
as President of the Quorum of the Twelve?
ANSWER: Six of the 24 apostles who served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve died while serving in that capacity. The six were Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Jr, Francis M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson, George F. Richards, and Marion G. Romney.
ANSWER: When President Kimball died on
QUESTION: Only once in the history of the Church has an apostle been
set apart as the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve twice. Can you
name this apostle and the circumstances surrounding his two settings-apart?
ANSWER: The apostle is Elder Boyd K. Packer. He was first set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve on
QUESTION: A former President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles is buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. Can you name him?
ANSWER: Thomas B. Marsh is buried in Ogden. He was the first apostle to hold the position of President of the Quorum of the Twelve. He fell into apostasy in the year 1838. He swore out an affidavit that accused the prophet Joseph of inciting violence and rebellion. Orson Hyde, another member of the Twelve, was also in a state of apostasy and signed the affidavit as a witness to its truthfulness. Both these men were excommunicated and dropped from the Quorum. Elder Marsh, after many years of misery and failure, returned to the faith and was rebaptized in Florence, Nebraska in July of 1857. He then came west to Salt Lake City, and President Brigham Young invited Elder Marsh to speak to a General Conference of the saints. He humbly confessed his wrongdoing and error. He lived the rest of his life in Salt Lake City, and was buried in Ogden at the request of some friends.