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


Elder Neil L. Andersen

Elder Andersen was campaigning for student body office at BYU when he met Kathy Williams. Their first date was on Kathy's birthday, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in spring of 1975.

The Andersens on their wedding day

One of Elder and Sister Andersen's wedding pictures. Image from LDS Living.

Reflecting on their courtship and the life Elder Andersen has led, Kathy stated:

I thought he was the most remarkable man I had ever met, and that holds true to this day and forever. . . . Neil is a man of great faith. It is one of the things I love the most about him. He believes that if we trust in God and do our part, miracles will follow.

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Elder Andersen and his wife, Kathy, visiting members in Tonga. Image from lds.org.

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Elder Ronald A. Rasband

When he came home from his mission, Elder Rasband attended the University of Utah and joined Delta Phi Kappa, a fraternity for returned missionaries. It was through his associations with Delta Phi that he met Melanie Twitchell. In 1973, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder and Sister Renlund at their wedding

Ron and Melanie at their wedding. Image from lds.org

Of their meeting, Sister Rasband said,

I said to myself, ‘He is such an amazing man that it doesn’t matter if I never get to date him. I just want to be his best friend.’

Elder and Sister Rasband

Elder and Sister Rasband. Image from mormonchannel.org.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Elder Stevenson and Lesa Jean Higley were students at Utah State University when they met in an Old Testament class at the Logan Institute of Religion. The couple married in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1979.

Gary and Lesa Stevenson on their wedding day

Gary and Lesa Stevenson on their wedding day. Photo from LDS Living.

To describe her husband, Sister Stevenson quoted the following scripture:

"Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees” (D&C 81:5). That is the scripture he constantly quotes, and that’s how he has lived his life.

Elder and Sister Stevenson

Elder and Sister Stevenson. Photo from Deseret News
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