We hear stories of the Apostles' childhoods nearly every general conference. Common sense tells us that before they were leaders of the Church, they were little kids who ran and played, dreamed and made mistakes, joked and scraped their knees—just like all of us.
But, sometimes that reality is hard to imagine.
We've heard that before President Thomas S. Monson became the only living prophet on the earth today, he learned the hard way about obedience and match safety as a little boy when with his family in Provo canyon. We also know that before becoming judges, professors, pilots, and incredible priesthood leaders, President Boyd K. Packer battled polio as a boy and the Axis forces in World War II as a young man, Elder Dallin H. Oaks helped support his widowed mother and younger siblings after his father died of tuberculosis, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf managed to finally catch the eye of a certain lovely woman—now his wife Harriet—by giving her mother a ride to church on his very impressive road bike.
There's no doubt about it, these men have lived extraordinary lives—then and now. And, to give you a little more insight into the past of these incredible men so we can better understand them at present, here's a look at our apostles growing up.
All images are from LDS.org except the photo of President Thomas S. Monson as a boy, which was retrieved from ThomasSMonson.org, and the photo of Elder Richard G. Scott with his siblings, which was retrieved from LDS.net.