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


Elder Dale G. Renlund

When Elder Renlund first asked Ruth Lybbert out on a date, she politely declined because of a scheduling conflict. When he gathered up the courage to ask again a few months later, she was happy to accept. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1977. 

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The Renlunds on their wedding day. Photo from lds.org.

Elder and Sister Renlund's early years as parents were a juggling act; Elder Renlund was gaining medical residency while Ruth was attending law school. Sister Renlund told the Mormon Women Project:

When Dale was a resident he had a demanding call schedule, on call every third night. . . . At that same time he also was called as the bishop of an inner-city ward, so when he wasn’t at work he was doing Church business. . . . During finals Dale would take [our daughter Ashley] with him on home visits while I studied. It actually worked out quite well because no one could refuse letting him into their home with such a cute 4-year-old.

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Elder and Sister Renlund. Image from Mormon Channel.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Elder Gong and Sister Susan Gong both served as young missionaries in Taiwan at different times. The two of them were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1980.

Elder and Sister Gong at BYU Women's Conference

Elder and Sister Gong at BYU Women's Conference. Image from Mormon Newsroom.

Sister Gong stated that there are three main qualities that quintessentially describe Elder Gerrit Gong:

One, he is unfailingly kind. Two, he is interested in everything, which makes him a fascinating person to live with. Three, he loves the Lord. He really desires with all his heart to build the kingdom and bless Heavenly Father’s children.

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Elder and Sister Gong. Photo from lds.org.

Elder Ulisses Soares

Elder Soares met Rosana Fernandez when they were both serving as missionaries in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. When Rosana returned, Elder Soares was already home and engaged, but he knew after seeing her at a dance that his engagement was not right. The couple married in the São Paulo Brazil Temple in October 1982.

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Elder and Sister Soares at a BYU Devotional. Image from lds.org.

After his call as an apostle, Sister Soares made the following comment:

My eternal boyfriend. . . [lives] for our family and our three children and grandchildren. . . When he sees I’m tired he will tell me, ‘Go rest, I’ll do whatever needs to be done.’

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Elder and Sister Soares pose for a picture outside of the Salt Lake Temple. Photo from LDS Church News.


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