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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led today by President Thomas S. Monson, his two counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

This quiz features a picture of each member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles you may not recognize.

Can you name the General Authority featured in each picture?

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder Boyd K. Packer
B. Elder Richard G. Scott
C. Elder Robert D. Hales

Elder Robert D. Hales
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Elder Hales was the starting pitcher for his high school's baseball team as a freshman, according to lds.org.

He married his wife, Mary, on June 10, 1953.

He has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 2, 1994.

Name this leader ...
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A. President Henry B. Eyring
B. Elder Russell M. Nelson
C. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

President Henry B. Eyring
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives

President Eyring played basketball in high school, but school was his priority, according to lds.org.

He was the president of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977.

He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 1, 1995. He was called as the second counselor in the First Presidency in 2007 and named the first counselor in the First Presidency in 2008.

Name this leader ...
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A. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
B. Elder David A. Bednar
C. Elder L. Tom Perry

Elder L. Tom Perry
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After serving a mission to the Northern States, Elder Perry served in the Marine Corps.

"He was among the first of the occupation troops to enter Japan after World War II," according to lds.org.

After serving as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for two years, he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1974.

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder Russell M. Nelson
B. Elder Quentin L. Cook
C. President Thomas S. Monson

Elder Russell M. Nelson
Tom Smart, Deseret News archives

Elder Nelson received his four-year medical degree in three years and was awarded with highest honors, according to lds.org.

He performed heart surgery on then-Elder Spencer W. Kimball in 1972.

Elder Nelson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984.

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder Boyd K. Packer
B. President Thomas S. Monson
C. Elder Neil L. Andersen

President Boyd K. Packer
Tom Smart, Deseret News archives

While he was growing up, President Packer honed a passion for raising birds and painting, according to lds.org.

His paintings and carvings of birds have been displayed at the Church History Museum.

President Packer was called as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1961. He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1970.

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder L. Tom Perry
B. President Thomas S. Monson
C. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

President Thomas S. Monson
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret New archives

When President Monson was a child, he found a hobby in raising prize-winning pigeons, according to lds.org.

After graduating from the University of Utah, he was the advertising executive for the Deseret News.

In 1963, he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He has served as the president of the church since 2008.

Name that leader ...
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A. Elder Quentin L. Cook
B. Elder D. Todd Christofferson
C. Elder David A. Bednar

Elder David A. Bednar
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret New archives

Elder David A. Bednar was the quarterback for his high school football team in Northern California, according to lds.org.

He was serving as the president of Ricks College in 2001 when it was announced that the school would become a four-year institution.

Elder Bednar was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2004.

Name this leader ...

A. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
B. Elder M. Russell Ballard
C. Elder Neil L. Andersen

Elder M. Russell Ballard
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives

Growing up, Elder Ballard was a leader among his peers at East High School and the University of Utah. His friends called him "the bishop," according to lds.org.

Elder Ballard met his wife, Barbara, in 1950, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951.

He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1985.

Name this apostle ...
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A. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
B. Elder Richard G. Scott
C. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was heavily involved in athletics as a young man, according to lds.org.

He served as the president of Brigham Young University from 1980 to 1989.

Elder Holland was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1994.

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder Boyd K. Packer
B. Elder Neil L. Andersen
C. President Henry B. Eyring

Elder Neil L. Andersen
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Elder Andersen grew up on a dairy farm in Pocatello, Idaho, according to lds.org.

Elder Andersen met his wife, Kathy, at BYU, and their first date was on her birthday.

Elder Andersen was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2009.

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder Dallin H. Oaks
B. Elder Robert D. Hales
C. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Tom Smart, Deseret News

President Uchtdorf has loved flying since a young age, according to lds.org.

He served in the German Air Force for six years. He became a pilot in 1965 for Lufthansa German Airlines and held various positions there.

President Uchtdorf was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2004. He became the second counselor in the First Presidency in 2008.

Name that leader ...
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A. Elder Russell M. Nelson
B. Elder Robert D. Hales
C. Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder D. Todd Christofferson
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Elder Christofferson participated in the Hill Cumorah Pageant for two summers as a teenager, according to lds.org.

He served a mission in the Argentina North Mission and attended BYU, where he met his wife, Kathy.

Elder Christofferson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2008.

Name this leader ...
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A. President Henry B. Eyring
B. Elder M. Russell Ballard
C. Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Dallin H. Oaks

Elder Oak’s first job was sweeping out a radio repair shop, according to lds.org.

He served as the president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980, following which he was a justice of the Utah Supreme Court.

Elder Oaks was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1984.

Name that leader ...
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A. Elder Quentin L. Cook
B. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
C. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Elder Quentin L. Cook
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Elder Cook's interests as a young man included basketball, football, debate and politics, according to lds.org.

While serving in the British Mission, one of his mission companions was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

Elder Cook was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2007.

Name this leader ...
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A. Elder L. Tom Perry
B. President Boyd K. Packer
C. Elder Richard G. Scott

Elder Richard G. Scott
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News archives

"Richard was an outgoing young man; he was a class president in high school, played clarinet in the band, and was drum major for the marching band," according to lds.org.

Elder Scott was the president of the Argentina North Mission from 1965 to 1969.

He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1988.