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In honor of the 185th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, here's a quiz of 25 questions to test your knowledge.

Taking this quiz will help you to know more about general conference and the remarkable lives of members of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and leaders of other general auxiliaries.

Question 1
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Since the vast majority of the church’s 15 million members are unable to attend general conference in person, the meetings are broadcast via satellite to more than _________ church buildings in more than 102 countries worldwide. The proceedings are also accessible via the Internet.

a. 6,500

b. 7,400

c. 8,300

Answer
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b. 7,400

Members can participate at local meetinghouses, or via radio, television, satellite or the following digital channels: BYUtv, BYUtv International, conference.lds.org, mormonchannel.org, Mormon Channel apps, Mormon Channel YouTube Channel and Roku.

To view conference sessions at local meetinghouses, check with local leaders on broadcast availability.

Those of other faiths are welcome to view or attend conference sessions.

Question 2
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According to LDS.org, the first interpretation services were offered in Dutch, German, Samoan and Spanish in 1961.

Today more than 800 members around the world volunteer as general conference interpreters for more than ______ languages, both from Salt Lake City and remotely.

a. 75

b. 80

c. 85

d. 90

Answer
LDS.org

d. 90

According to LDS.org, general conference is simultaneously interpreted into at least 92 languages. American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning are also available.

Question 4
Associated Press

Before Elder _____________ was called as an apostle, he was assigned to the Brazil South Area Presidency and lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At age 50, he began an intense study of Portuguese and later learned Spanish.

During this period of his life, this church leader met retired Brazilian soccer star Pele (left), who is considered to be among the greatest soccer players in world history. Who is this general authority?

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

b. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

c. Elder Neil L. Andersen

d. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Answer
LDS.org

c. Elder Neil L. Andersen

In this photo, Elder Andersen presents Pele with a sculpture that portrays family unity.

Question 5
Deseret Book

This apostle said a significant turning point in his life came when he was called as a stake missionary and a counselor in the stake mission presidency in 1961.

Who was he?

a. Elder Robert D. Hales

b. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

c. Elder L. Tom Perry

d. President James E. Faust

Answer
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b. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

On page 44 of his book "Life Lessons Learned" Elder Oaks wrote:

"If I were to accept this calling, it would obviously require some immediate adjustments in my schedule. I couldn't see how I could work fewer hours and still keep up with what was required in my work. Yet, I could not say no to a calling that I felt was from the Lord, especially when it came through a leader who had wielded such a powerful influence in teaching me righteous principles. Gathering all my faith, I accepted the call.

"This altered pattern of professional work helped prepare me to become a professor at The University of Chicago Law School. That, in turn, prepared me for my 1971 appointment as president of Brigham Young University and for all that was to come later in my life."

Question 6
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A pivotal experience in this future apostle's life came when he was 15 years old, according to LDS.org. His brother wanted to serve a mission but his father — a good man who had lost interest in the church — felt the brother should go to medical school instead. The boy's big brother bore his testimony to his father and decided to serve a mission. This experience led the little brother to seek his own testimony of gospel. Who is he?

a. Elder Quentin L. Cook

b. Elder David A. Bednar

c. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

d. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Answer
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a. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Question 7
LDS.org

While serving as a missionary in South America in the 1960s, this future apostle was involved in a nasty bicycle accident. Despite a damaged suit and injured hands, he pedaled on to a teaching appointment anyway, according to LDS.org.

Who was he?

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

c. Elder David A. Bednar

d. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Answer
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d. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

In an article about Elder Christofferson on LDS.org, his mission president and now fellow apostle, Elder Richard G. Scott, said of Elder Christofferson:

"He was an exceptionally outstanding missionary whose devotion and capacities were evidence that he would have a life of unusual significance."

Regarding the bicycle accident, Elder Scott said the young missionary was undaunted. "He brushed himself off, climbed onto the bicycle, and headed off for an appointment with his companion."

Question 8
LDS.org

This member of the Young Women general presidency met her husband at the temple site in Far West, Missouri, taught early-morning seminary for nine years and returned to school 35 years later to earn a bachelor's with an emphasis in British and American Literature. Who is she?

a. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, president

b. Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor

c. Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor

Answer
LDS.org

a. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, president

According to her bio on LDS.org, Sister Oscarson met her future husband, Paul, at the temple site in Far West, Missouri. They married in 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Sister Oscarson said she "doesn’t regret any of the sleep she missed while teaching seminary," according to LDS.org.

Question 9
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The seven members of the Presidency of the Seventy include Elders Ronald A. Rasband, L. Whitney Clayton, Donald L. Hallstrom, Richard J. Maynes, Craig C. Christensen, Ulisses Soares and Lynn G. Robbins.

Three of the seven attended Brigham Young University. Who are they?

Answer
Mark Philbrick, BYU

They are Elders Donald L. Hallstrom, Richard J. Maynes and Craig C. Christensen.

Question 10
LDS.org

In an LDS.org article, this apostle's mother said that when he was a boy "he never gave me any trouble. ... He was always at church and always took care of his priesthood duties."

Once when he was a young man, his mother allowed him to attend a party based on the understanding that he needed to be home by 10 p.m. Later, when the teen noted the time and "realized that he had only 15 minutes to make it home, he ran from one end of St. George to the other," according to LDS.org.

Who was young man?

a. Elder L. Tom Perry

b. President Boyd K. Packer

c. Elder Russell M. Nelson

d. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Answer
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d. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Question 11
LDS.org

As humble college students, which apostle and his young wife were forced to donate blood to earn extra money, which put him on shaky ground with his mother-in-law?

a. Elder Russell M. Nelson

b. Elder M. Russell Ballard

c. Elder Richard G. Scott

d. Elder Robert D. Hales

Answer
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a. Elder Russell M. Nelson

In Elder Nelson's biography, "Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle," author Spencer J. Condie shared this story. When Elder Nelson was in medical school at the University of Utah, his wife, Dantzel worked two jobs. They once found themselves $43 in the hole and went to LDS Hospital, where each sold a pint of blood for $25. "Don't forget to pay tithing on my blood money!" she told him.

Elder Nelson said he would never forget his mother-in-law's reaction. He confessed in the book, "I got the general feeling that she didn't think that Dantzel had married much of a husband. We laugh about it now, but at that time it was no laughing matter."

Sister Dantzel Nelson passed away in 2005.

Question 12
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Which apostle almost quit playing baseball as a freshman in high school because of a pitching slump that cost his team three consecutive losses?

a. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

b. Elder Robert D. Hales

c. Elder David A. Bednar

d. President Thomas S. Monson

Answer
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b. Elder Robert D. Hales

According to an article on LDS.org, Elder Hales was the starting pitcher for the school’s baseball team as a freshman. During one stretch, he found himself in a slump and felt he caused the team to lose three games in a row, each by a score of 1–0.

"The headline in the school paper read, 'Hard-Luck Hales Loses Again.' He took his uniform and went to tell his coach he was going to quit," the article says. "When he got to the coach’s office, his coach said, 'Do you know why you’re losing? Your pitching arm is tired at the end of the game because before the game when you’re supposed to be warming up, you’re out there impressing everybody with your fastball and curveball. You probably pitch (the equivalent of) two or three innings doing that. (Stop) showing off and you won’t wear out your arm.'"

The next game he pitched a shutout.

Question 13
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In the October 1980 general conference, this future apostle encouraged church members to help their inactive friends return to church.

“I want to help you keep the commitment you’ve just made. I invite you to write to me when your time has come for some additional help. Send me the name of the person you seek to rescue, and I’ll write a letter of encouragement to him,” he said in his talk.

This apostle wrote more than 600 personal letters. Who is he?

a. President Boyd K. Packer

b. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

c. Elder L. Tom Perry

d. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Answer
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d. Elder M. Russell Ballard

According to the talk, one of the recipients of Elder Ballard’s letters wrote, “I feel that your letter was the real beginning of this fantastic change in my life, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Elder Ballard was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1985.

Question 14
LDS.org

Which member of the general Relief Society presidency graduated from BYU with a degree in special education?

a. Sister Linda K. Burton, president

b. Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor

c. Sister Linda S. Reeves, second counselor

Answer
LDS.org

c. Sister Linda S. Reeves, second counselor

Question 15
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When this future church leader was in third grade, his teacher created a time capsule. One of the items placed in the capsule was a list of what the children wanted to be when they grew up.

When the boy told his mother about the activity, she asked him what he wanted to be. He enthusiastically responded, “A cowboy!”

“Oh, no,” his mother responded. “You go back and change that to a lawyer or a banker!"

Who was he?

a. President Boyd K. Packer

b. President Thomas S. Monson

c. Elder L. Tom Perry

d. President Henry B. Eyring

Answer
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b. President Thomas S. Monson

According to his biography, "To The Rescue," by Heidi Swinton, the would-be cowboy returned and told his teacher to change his entry to a banker.

Question 16
LDS.org

According to his bio on LDS.org, which member of the Presiding Bishopric has made his career in the food industry, working with supermarket chains and food distribution companies?

a. Presiding Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

b. Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor

c. Bishop Dean M. Davies, second counselor

Answer
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b. Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor

According to his bio on LDS.org, Bishop Caussé was general manager of the food distribution company Pomona, in France, until 2008.

Question 17
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After the girl he loved, the daughter of a Utah senator, told him she would only marry in the temple to a returned missionary, this future general authority prayed harder than he ever had before about the decision to serve a mission. He felt the need to go and was eventually called to South America. While gone, his sweetheart also served a mission. Who was he?

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

b. Elder David A. Bednar

c. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

d. Elder L. Tom Perry

Answer
LDS.org

a. Elder Richard G. Scott

Two weeks after he returned, they were married in the Manti Temple in 1953.

Sister Jeanene Scott passed away in 1995.

Question 18
LDS.org

Prior to leaving on his foreign mission, this future general authority and 300 missionaries met in the solemn assembly room of the Salt Lake Temple with President Harold B. Lee. During a Q-and-A session, he was impressed that President Lee answered every question from the scriptures or replied, "I don't know," according to an LDS.org article.

"I sat there and thought that I would never be able to know the scriptures the way he did, but my objective became to use the scriptures in my teaching the way that I saw President Lee do it," he said in the article. "That desire is the genesis of all my scripture study.”

Who was he?

a. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

b. Elder Robert D. Hales

c. President Henry B. Eyring

d. Elder David A. Bednar

Answer
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d. Elder David A. Bednar

Question 19
Harvard.edu

In an LDS.org article, this future general authority recalled his first day at Harvard when the professor predicted one out of every three students would drop out at some point before graduation.

Not only did this church leader survive to graduation, but he earned multiple degrees, taught at Stanford University and became the president of a university. Who is he?

a. Elder Neil L. Andersen

b. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

c. President Henry B. Eyring

d. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Answer

c. President Henry B. Eyring

Question 20
LDS.org

This apostle met his wife at Weber College, according to LDS.org. They were married in the Logan Temple and eventually became the parents of 10 children.

Who is he?

a. Elder Russell M. Nelson

b. Elder L. Tom Perry

c. President Boyd K. Packer

d. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Answer
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c. President Boyd K. Packer

Question 21
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As an airplane prepared to take off, one young mother was feeling stressed as she tried to feed a baby and keep three other children calm. She then recognized one of the Twelve Apostles sitting across the isle, which made her feel self-conscious. As the flight took off, all her children began to cry. At that point, the apostle offered to hold the baby and rocked the baby to sleep. He held the infant for the rest of the trip, the woman said in an LDS.org article.

“I survived the trip,” she said in the article, “and retained a dear memory that will be a part of our family forever. … He saw someone in need of help and he set aside his own needs to give that help.”

Who was he?

a. Elder L. Tom Perry

b. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

c. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Answer
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a. Elder L. Tom Perry

Question 22
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When this future general authority was 14, he would ride his bicycle to the local airport and spend hours watching the airplanes. When possible, he loved to climb into the cockpit and imagine himself flying the machine. He was one of very few to make captain at a young age (29) and eventually learned to operate more than 10 different kinds of major airplanes, according to an LDS.org.

Who was he?

a. President Boyd K. Packer

b. Elder Robert D. Hales

c. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

d. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Answer
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c. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Question 23
LDS.org

Which member of the general Primary presidency married her high school sweetheart, according to an article in the LDS Church News?

a. Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president

b. Sister Jean A. Stevens, first counselor

c. Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, second counselor

Answer
LDS.org

b. Sister Jean A. Stevens, first counselor

Jean met her husband, Mark Stevens, when she was a sophomore in high school. They dated in high school and college. Following his mission to Italy, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple, the article said.

Question 24
LDS.org

Which member of the Sunday School general presidency once worked as a seminary instructor before going on to become a professor at BYU, where he also serves as the associate dean of Religious Education?

a. Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe, president

b. Brother David M. McConkie, first counselor

c. Brother Matthew O. Richardson, second counselor

Answer
LDS.org

c. Brother Matthew O. Richardson, second counselor

Question 25
LDS.org

Which member of the Young Men general presidency served a mission in Brazil and earned a degree in electrical engineering before becoming an executive with a manufacturing and distribution company?

a. Brother David L. Beck, president

b. Brother Larry M. Gibson, first counselor

c. Brother Randall Ridd, second counselor

Answer
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a. Brother David L. Beck, president