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24 photos of President Ballard that will make you love him even more

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This story was originally published by LDS Living in October 2018 and has been updated to celebrate President Ballard's birthday. 

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.

Here are some of our favorite photos of President Ballard to celebrate this incredible Apostle:

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President Ballard as a toddler
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Elders Ballard (left) and Thacker on their tandem bike.
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► You may also like: “That sweet and tender missionary experience”: M. Russell Ballard’s service in England

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President Ballard as a young missionary in England
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President Ballard and his wife, Barbara
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President Ballard and Barbara on their wedding day
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President Ballard has an FHE with his family.
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President Ballard golfing with friends.
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► You may also like: The assignment and miracles behind the creation of ‘Preach My Gospel’

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President Ballard greeting children and Church members from around the world.
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President Ballard and his wife visiting China.
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President Ballard at the 1978 general conference.
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President Ballard at the youth celebration the day before the dedication of the Calgary Alberta Temple.
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President Ballard tells a story to his family during a council meeting in Salt Lake City.
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► You may also like: The advice President Ballard gives his grandchildren to help them #HearHim

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President Ballard greets Lester Card, a Canadian military veteran.
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President Ballard and his wife, Barbara.
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President Ballard and President Hinckley.
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► You may also like: How President Ballard healed a woman by following an unexpected prompting

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President Ballard with Lachlan Makay, a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles for Community of Christ.
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President Ballard greets a member in Asia.
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President Ballard and his wife with their grandson, Nathan, who died in a plane crash.
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President Ballard on a tour visiting Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, and Estonia.
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► You may also like: President Ballard urges members to 'join a new movement'

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President Ballard in Africa.
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President Ballard and his wife with their whole family.
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President Ballard and President Nelson greeting members in Tennessee.
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President Ballard visiting the Cara Tepe refugee camp.
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President Ballard posing with an Oreo cookie he received from a young refugee in Greece.
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► You may also like: The touching story behind why President Ballard keeps an Oreo on his desk


Anxiously Engaged: A Biography of M. Russell Ballard

In Anxiously Engaged, accounts of this dedicated missionary, husband, father, business leader, and Apostle—accompanied by photos throughout—offer a close-up look at President Ballard’s life, faith, and testimony. As readers come to appreciate the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of the Lord’s children around the world, their own testimonies of his role as a prophet, seer, and revelator will grow.

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