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Listening to general conference can be more interesting when you know something unique about the speakers.

Taking this quiz will help you to know more about the remarkable lives of members of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sources: LDS.org; Deseretnews.com; "To The Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson."

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Question 1
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Which general authority gave away an estimated 10 suits a year for 40 years, including other clothing items, to less fortunate members?

a. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

b. President Henry B. Eyring

c. President Thomas S. Monson

d. President Boyd K. Packer

Answer
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c. President Thomas S. Monson

For the full story, see Page 315 in his Biography, "To The Rescue."

Question 2
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How many members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve hold degrees from Brigham Young University (excluding honorary degrees)?

a. 5

b. 6

c. 7

d. 8

Answer
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c. 7

President Monson (MBA), President Packer (doctorate in educational administration), Elder Oaks, Elder Holland (B.A. and master's), Elder Bednar (bachelor's and master's), Elder Christofferson and Elder Andersen.

Question 3
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How many members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve hold degrees from the University of Utah (excluding honorary degrees)?

a. 3

b. 4

c. 5

d. 6

Answer
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b. 4

President Monson (business management), President Eyring (B.S. physics), Elder Nelson (B.A. and M.D.), and Elder Hales.

Question 4
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Which apostle met his future wife while campaigning for a student government office at BYU in the early 1970s?

a. Elder David A. Bednar

b. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

c. Elder Neil L. Andersen

d. Elder Richard G. Scott

Answer
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c. Elder Neil L. Andersen

Returning to BYU after his mission, Elder Andersen became involved in student government. While campaigning for student body office, he met Kathy Williams. Speaking of that day, Kathy said, “I thought he was the most remarkable man I had ever met, and that holds true to this day and forever.”

Their first date was on Kathy’s birthday. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in March 1975. “Once I married her,” Elder Andersen said, “the standards in my life went way up — being totally consistent in prayer and scripture study, keeping the commandments with precision. She has a pure and disciplined faith.”

Question 5
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After completing a degree in physics, this future church leader was promised in a blessing by his bishop that his military experience in the U.S. Air Force would also serve as a mission experience. While stationed near Albuquerque, N.M., he was called to serve as a district missionary in the Western States mission for two years, fulfilling the promise. Who was he?

a. President Boyd K. Packer

b. President Henry B. Eyring

c. President Thomas S. Monson

d. Elder Robert D. Hales

Answer
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b. President Henry B. Eyring

Question 6
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Which future apostle said he was immediately smitten when he heard a certain young woman sing as the lead soprano in a university play?

a. Elder L. Tom Perry

b. Elder Russell M. Nelson

c. Elder M. Russell Ballard

d. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Answer
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b. Elder Russell M. Nelson

During his college days, Elder Nelson was persuaded to participate in a play at the University of Utah and Dantzel White was a lead soprano in the play. When he met her and heard her sing, he was captivated by her. He needed no further motivation to perform in the play. Three years later, in Aug. 1945, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They had 10 children.

Sister Nelson passed away in February 2005.

Question 7
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In 1973, this future church leader, then 33, was asked to take a small group of emergency personnel and follow a hijacked plane, make contact with the terrorists and negotiate for the release of the plane, the pilots and the hostages. When that was accomplished, he was to fly the hijacked airplane to a safe location. Believe it or not, this man accomplished the mission without incident. Who was he?

a. President Boyd K. Packer

b. Elder Robert D. Hales

c. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

d. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Answer
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d. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

On Dec. 17, 1973, the president of Lufthansa German Airlines received alarming news. Five terrorists had hijacked a Lufthansa 737 jet in Rome, Italy, and were making their way to Athens, Greece, with hostages on board.

Lufthansa’s president ordered into the air his chief pilot for the 737 fleet. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 33, was to take a small group of emergency personnel and follow the hijacked plane to its destination and negotiate for the release of the plane, the pilots and the hostages. Then he was to fly the hijacked 737 back to headquarters in Frankfurt.

Fortunately, the mission was accomplished without any problems.

Question 8
LDS.org

Which future apostle was nearly 8 years old when his father died of tuberculosis?

a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

b. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

c. Elder L. Tom Perry

d. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Answer
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a. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Before Elder Oaks was 8 years old, his father, Dr. Lloyd E. Oaks, died of tuberculosis. This left young widow Stella H. Oaks with three children. Dallin grew up working to help his widowed mother.

“I was blessed with an extraordinary mother,” Elder Oaks recalls. “She surely was one of the many noble women who have lived in the latter days.”

Before her death in 1980, Stella Oaks was known as a force for good in Provo, in both church and civic service.

Question 9
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When this apostle was in college, his fraternity brothers nicknamed him “the bishop” because they knew no matter the circumstances he would always be true to his standards and uphold his faith. Who was he?

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

c. Elder David A. Bednar

d. President Henry B. Eyring

Answer
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b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Question 10
LDS.org

This apostle mentored two future general authorities, including an apostle, when he was their mission president in the mid 1960s. Who is he?

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

b. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

c. Elder Quentin L. Cook

d. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Answer
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a. Elder Richard G. Scott

In 1965, when he was 37 years old, Elder Scott was called to be a mission president in Argentina.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder W. Craig Zwick of the First Quorum of the Seventy were among the missionaries who served in his mission.

Question 11
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When this apostle was a deacon, his father took him to the Sacred Grove where the two shared a very meaningful experience that stayed with the young man for the rest of his life. Name that apostle:

a. Elder Russell M. Nelson

b. President Henry B. Eyring

c. President Thomas S. Monson

d. Elder Robert D. Hales

Answer
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d. Elder Robert D. Hales

“When I was a deacon, my father took me to the Sacred Grove,” Elder Hales said in an lds.org article. “There we prayed together and dedicated our lives. Then he talked to me of sacred things. When we got back home, my father, who worked as an artist in New York City, painted a picture of the Sacred Grove for me. I’ve always hung that picture in my office, and when I look at it, I remember my father and our talk that summer afternoon.”

Question 12
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Which apostle once played quarterback for his high school football team in northern California?

a. Elder David A. Bednar

b. Elder Quentin L. Cook

c. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

d. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Answer
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a. Elder David A. Bednar

Question 13
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As a young missionary in England, this future apostle’s life was changed when an 80-year-old man braved a rainstorm to find him and his companion. The man requested a priesthood blessing for his wife, who was slowly dying and hadn’t slept in 48 hours. After receiving the blessing, the woman finally fell asleep and the man was deeply grateful. Who was his missionary and future apostle?

a. Elder David A. Bednar

b. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

c. Elder Russell M. Nelson

d. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Answer
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b. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“It was the first time I had ever done that, being a new missionary of just two weeks,” he said. “I remember leaving the old fellow and his wife up in the room as we went downstairs in their tiny house to put on our raincoats and get ready to go out. And then he came down — this sweet little old man with his soiled, bike-repairing hands — and he dabbed at his eyes and managed to say, through his emotions, ‘She’s sleeping now.’

“I remember vividly going out into that rain and weeping, conscious of a spiritual revelation — a kind of ‘coming-to-realize-what-I-had’ feeling. There were many other considerably more miraculous things that happened throughout my mission,” Elder Holland admits, “but none perhaps that touched me more deeply than this first manifestation which caused me, an average, raised-in-the-church, seminary-attending boy from southern Utah who had never really been anywhere, to examine my own values, and my own priesthood, and my own faith — and really see that they worked.”

Question 14
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Early in his career, this apostle served a four-year term as a city councilman. He also served as a coordinator of Indian Affairs at a local school. Who is he?

a. Elder L. Tom Perry

b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

c. Elder Boyd K. Packer

d. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Answer
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c. President Boyd K. Packer

Question 15
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As a young boy, this future church leader was committed to perfect attendance at church. One Sunday morning he came down with tonsillitis. His parents decided that staying home to get better was a higher priority than his attendance record. But the boy was determined. He surprised his family by showing up at church anyway. Who was he?

a. Elder L. Tom Perry

b. Elder Richard G. Scott

c. President Thomas S. Monson

d. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Answer
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a. Elder L. Tom Perry

Question 16
LDS.org

This athletic apostle also met his wife while participating in school activities. In junior high, he was elected student-body president while she was elected student-body vice president. They were both on the debate team. In high school, he was elected senior class president and she was elected as a student-body officer. Who was this church leader?

a. Elder Robert D. Hales

b. Elder Neil L. Andersen

c. Elder Quentin L. Cook

d. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Answer
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c. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder Cook and his wife, Mary Gaddie Cook (right), were married in the Logan Utah Temple on Nov. 30, 1962.

"It would be hard to find anybody in the whole world who is as good and righteous and bright as she is,” Elder Cook said of his wife, Mary. “She has a wonderful sense of humor.”

Question 17
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Which apostle once participated in the cast of the Hill Cumorah Pageant as a teenager while his family was living in New Jersey?

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

b. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

c. Elder Neil L. Andersen

d. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Answer
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b. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

During the production his first year, Elder Christofferson remembered a former bishop's counsel to pray and seek a testimony of the gospel.

“One night after the performance, I went to the Sacred Grove alone,” he remembers. “It was a beautiful summer evening. I entered the grove, and began to pray. I prayed very diligently for an hour, maybe more — and nothing happened.”

After some time, he gave up and left. Disappointment consumed him. Why hadn’t Heavenly Father answered his prayer?

A month later, as he was reading the Book of Mormon, he received his answer.

“Without my asking for it, the witness came,” he recalls. “It came without words, actually stronger than words, and I received a very powerful spiritual confirmation — the kind that leaves no doubt — about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith.

“Looking back on that experience, I realize that we can’t dictate to God when, where, or how he will speak to us. We just have to be open to receive what he disposes, when he disposes it. It comes according to his will, and it can come to us wherever we are.”

Question 18
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Which member of the General Relief Society Presidency studied elementary education at the University of Utah?

a. Sister Linda K. Burton

b. Sister Carole M. Stephens

c. Sister Linda S. Reeves

Answer
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a. Sister Linda K. Burton

Question 19
SMU.edu

Which member of the Young Women General Presidency was born in Louisiana, graduated from Southern Methodist University and joined the LDS Church at age 22?

a. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson

b. Sister Carol L. McConkie

c. Sister Evelyn N. Marriott

Answer
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c. Sister Evelyn N. Marriott

Sister Marriott was born and raised in Alexandria, La. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she earned a degree in English along with a teaching certificate.

At the age of 22, she was converted and baptized into the church in Cambridge, Mass. One year later she married David C. Marriott in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of 11 children and 26 grandchildren.

Question 20
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Which member of the Primary General Presidency considers Sunday family dinners to be the highlight of her week?

a. Sister Rosemary M. Wixom

b. Sister Jean A. Stevens

c. Sister Cheryl A. Esplin

Answer
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a. Sister Rosemary M. Wixom

Question 21
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Which member of the Presiding Bishopric earned a degree in business administration at Utah State and cofounded Icon Health & Fitness, Inc.?

a. Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

b. Bishop Gerald Causse

c. Bishop Dean M. Davies

Answer
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a. Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

Question 22
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True or False: More than 100,000 people attended sessions of general conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, in April 2013. People from nearly 200 countries also viewed the conference as it was translated into roughly 95 languages.

Answer
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It's true!

Question 23
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While the men of this apostle’s family attend general priesthood meeting, the women in the family gather in the kitchen and make large batches of homemade doughnuts that will be consumed when the meeting is over and the men return. Name the apostle:

a. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

b. Elder Russell M. Nelson

c. Elder M. Russell Ballard

d. Elder L. Tom Perry

Answer
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b. Elder Russell M. Nelson

"Tonight I am attending with a son, sons-in-law, and grandsons. Where are their mothers? Gathered in the kitchen of our home! What are they doing? Making large batches of homemade doughnuts! And when we return home, we will feast on those doughnuts," Elder Nelson said in his remarks during the priesthood session in April 1999. "While we enjoy them, these mothers, sisters, and daughters will listen intently as each of us speaks of things he learned here tonight. It’s a nice family tradition, symbolic of the fact that everything we learn and do as priesthood bearers should bless our families."

Question 24
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In the opening session of the October 2012 general conference, LDS President Thomas S. Monson made an historic announcement regarding the age change for missionaries. Since then, the ranks of Mormon missionaries have swelled from 58,500 missionaries in 347 missions worldwide to how many missionaries today?

a. 65,000 missionaries

b. 70,000 missionaries

c. 75,000 missionaries

d. 88,000 missionaries

Answer
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d. 88,000 missionaries