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One way to improve the general conference experience, especially for children, is to know more about the speakers. Taking this quiz will help you to know more about the remarkable lives of members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Sources: LDS.org; Deseretnews.com; "To The Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson"; "Boyd K. Packer: A Watchman on the Tower"; and "An Uncommon Life: Years of Preparation."


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Question 1
Deseret News Archive

Which general authority was so rowdy and disruptive as a boy that he made the Primary president cry, according to his biography?

a. President Thomas S. Monson

b. President Boyd K. Packer

c. Elder Russell M. Nelson

d. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Answer
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

a. President Thomas S. Monson

Question 2
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True or False: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet, enjoy going for long bike rides together.

Answer
Jason Swensen, Deseret News

True

Question 3
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The adult children of this general authority still enjoy telling the story of coming home from school to find their television set in the middle of the floor with a huge crack through the thick glass screen. The suspect, their mother, explained she was “dusting under the TV and it slipped.” Whose family was it?

a. President Thomas S. Monson

b. President Henry B. Eyring

c. Elder David A. Bednar

d. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Answer
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

b. President Henry B. Eyring

Question 4
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

True or False: The Conference Center has a seating capacity of 21,000.

Answer
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

True

Question 5
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At age 5, this future general authority came down with a fever and was diagnosed with pneumonia. The disease was later determined to be polio. Years later when this man applied for flight training, he reported on medical forms he’d had pneumonia. Had it been known that he had had polio, he would have been barred from military service, altering the course of his life, according to his biography. Who was it?

a. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

b. President Boyd K. Packer

c. Elder Robert D. Hales

d. Elder L. Tom Perry

Answer
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

b. President Boyd K. Packer

Question 6
Deseret News Archive

How many members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were raised in Utah?

a. 9

b. 8

c. 7

d. 6

Answer
Ravell Call, Deseret News

a. President Monson, President Packer, Elder Perry, Elder Nelson, Elder Oaks, Elder Ballard, Elder Holland, Elder Cook and Elder Christofferson

Question 7
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After completing his schooling in 1972, this future apostle was hired as a law clerk to the federal judge who would later preside at the Watergate trials. This apostle now serves in the Quorum of the Twelve with his former mission president.

a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

b. Elder Quentin L. Cook

c. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

d. Elder Neil L. Andersen

Answer
LDS Church

c. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Question 8
Jason Olson, Deseret News

Which Apostle once played golf in the Nokia Champions Challenge celebrity pro-am on a team consisting of Steve Poulsen, Tom Trane and former “Charlie’s Angel” Cheryl Ladd?

a. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

b. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

c. Elder Neil L. Andersen

d. Elder Robert D. Hales

Answer
Jason Olson, Deseret News

d. Elder Robert D. Hales

Question 9
Deseret News archives

Which general authority frequently went behind the Iron Curtain into East Germany (then the German Democratic Republic) to administer to the Saints and was instrumental in establishing the church in a country under communist rule?

a. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

b. President Thomas S. Monson

c. Elder Russell M. Nelson

d. President Boyd K. Packer

Answer
Deseret News archives

b. President Thomas S. Monson

Question 10
Deseret News Archive

Which apostle was raised by a non-member father whom he later baptized, confirmed and ordained to the priesthood as an adult years later?

a. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

b. Elder Richard G. Scott

c. Elder David A. Bednar

d. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Answer
August Miller, Deseret News

c. Elder David A. Bednar (left)

Question 11
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This apostle has a background in the medical field. During the Korean Conflict, his tours of mobile army surgical hospital units took him right to the battlefront.

a. Elder M. Russell Ballard

b. Elder Russell M. Nelson

c. Elder Richard G. Scott

d. Elder L. Tom Perry

Answer
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

b. Elder Russell M. Nelson

Question 12
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How many members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were raised outside of Utah?

a. 7

b. 6

c. 5

d. 4

Answer
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

b. President Eyring, President Uchtdorf, Elder Scott, Elder Hales, Elder Bednar, and Elder Andersen

Question 13
Deseret News Archive

When this apostle was in high school, his father judged him as being shy. His father encouraged him to go on dates by offering him use of the family car. His father came to regret his offer because his son soon monopolized the car on most Friday and Saturday nights, according to his biography. Who was it?

a. President Thomas S. Monson

b. President Henry B. Eyring

c. Elder L. Tom Perry

d. Elder Russell M. Nelson

Answer
Tom Smart, Deseret News

c. Elder L. Tom Perry

Question 14
Deseret News Archive

This apostle was a member of his high school’s state championship football and basketball teams while also lettering in track and baseball. After his mission he was a co-captain when his junior college basketball team won its conference championship. He also married his favorite high school cheerleader.

a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

b. Elder Robert D. Hales

c. Elder Quentin L. Cook

d. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Answer
Deseret News Archive

d. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Question 15
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A key turning point in this future apostle’s life came when he tried out for his ward’s volleyball team. According to his biography, he thought he did poorly in the tryout and wouldn’t make the team, but to his surprise, he was selected. He later discovered the reason — he was the bishop’s son and the coaches figured they had a better chance of getting new uniforms if this young man was on the team. His first year he sat on the bench, then saw limited action the following season. In his third year, however, he was named team captain and his team won the all-church tournament.

a. Elder M. Russell Ballard

b. Elder L. Tom Perry

c. Elder Robert D. Hales

d. Elder David A. Bednar

Answer
Tom Smart, Desert News

b. Elder L. Tom Perry

Question 16
Desert News archives

These two apostles served together as mission companions in England under the supervision of their president, Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Seventy.

a. Elders Richard G. Scott and Neil L. Andersen

b. Elders Dallin H. Oaks and M. Russell Ballard

c. Elders Quentin L. Cook and Jeffrey R. Holland

d. Elders David A. Bednar and D. Todd Christofferson

Answer
Sarah Jane Weaver, Deseret News

c. Elders Quentin L. Cook and Jeffrey R. Holland

Question 17
Deseret News archive

Growing up, this future apostle’s father was not a member of the church and his mother was less active. Future LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was the family’s stake president and worked with the young man’s father. As their relationship grew, Elder Benson’s example had a significant influence in his father’s conversion. Several years later, President Benson called this young man to the Quorum of the Twelve.

a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

c. Elder Richard G. Scott

d. Elder Robert D. Hales

Answer
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

c. Elder Richard G. Scott (right)

Question 18
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By age 16, this future apostle had obtained a first-class radiotelephone operator's license, which allowed him to operate a commercial radio station’s transmitter, and he found a job in radio as an announcer and an engineer. It was while he was announcing high school basketball games as a college freshman that he met his first wife.

a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

c. Elder Richard G. Scott

d. Elder Russell M. Nelson

Answer
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Question 19
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It took this future apostle years to recover from a failed business opportunity. He survived financially on a reputation for hard work and integrity. As a result, he learned to have empathy and compassion for those having great difficulties. Who is he?

a. President Henry B. Eyring

b. Elder David A. Bednar

c. Elder M. Russell Ballard

d. President Boyd K. Packer

Answer
Mike Terry, Deseret News

c. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Question 20
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This future apostle learned the value of hard work on an Idaho dairy farm by milking countless cows and moving a lot of irrigation pipe. As a freshman at BYU, he woke up each morning at 4 a.m. to clean bathrooms in the library before class.

a. Elder David A. Bednar

b. Elder Neil L. Andersen

c. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

d. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Answer
Jamison Metzger, Deseret News

b. Elder Neil L. Andersen