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What the Wives of the 12 Apostles Have Said About Their Husbands


President M. Russell Ballard

President Ballard was at the University of Utah at a "Hello Day Dance" when he met Barbara Bowen. Though he danced with her that night for less than a minute, it was the start to a courtship that led to their sealing in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951.

The Ballards on their wedding day

The Ballards on their wedding day. Photo from LDS Living.

Of her husband's commitment to his family, Barbara has said,

He’s extremely devoted to his family, and they’ve always come first. He was a bishop for many years and held lots of Church jobs, but those responsibilities have never been to the detriment of his family.

Elder and Sister Ballard

President and Sister Ballard waving as they exit the Conference Center. Photo from Mormon Newsroom.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder Holland was an athlete in track, football, baseball, and basketball at Dixie High School, where Patricia Terry was a cheerleader for the school's sports teams. They dated for two years before his mission and were eventually married in the St. George Temple.

Jeffrey and Patricia Holland as young college students

Jeffrey and Patricia Holland as young college students. Image from Elder Holland's Facebook page.

In the words of Sister Patricia Holland:

[Elder Holland] believes—he believes in people, he believes in God, he believes that our Father only wants good for us.

Elder and Sister Holland

Elder and Sister Holland at a devotional broadcast in Musashino, Japan. Photo from lds.org.

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Young Dieter Uchtdorf noticed Harriet Reich at church when her family began attending church while taking the missionary discussions. They were sealed in December 1962 in the Bern Switzerland Temple.

The Uchtdorfs as young newlyweds

The Uchtdorfs as young newlyweds. Image from LDS Living.

In describing her eternal companion, Sister Uchtdorf says,

He is kind. He is a good and compassionate leader. We hear that from many of his former professional colleagues as well as from friends in the Church. He is a wonderful husband, always looking for ways to support me. He is a man of great humor and wit. I am very blessed to be his wife.

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf greeting a congregation at the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Photo from lds.org.


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