President M. Russell Ballard was born on October 8, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since October 6, 1985. He was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by President Nelson.
President Ballard's strong devotion to the gospel is based on his strong testimony and concern, service, and love for others. He once wrote more than 600 personal letters to people who needed help in gaining a testimony.
Here are some of our favorite photos of President Ballard to celebrate this incredible apostle: