M. Russell Ballard

October 06, 2021 11:55 AM MDT
Even when he and his companion crashed their tandem bike and a howling dog interrupted their sermon, nothing could stop Elder Ballard from the Lord’s work.
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September 22, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
14 missions were asked to field test Preach My Gospel. When the results came in, it was back to the drawing board for the writers.
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September 21, 2021 04:16 PM MDT
From listening to her grandmother tell stories about the Prophet to teaching about his life for over three decades, Black has many reasons why she considers Joseph to be a phenomenal man.
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March 31, 2021 06:40 PM MDT
A Church News video released on March 31 looks back at the past year of the pandemic with words of assurance from President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
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January 13, 2021 08:45 PM MST
Some of the items in President M. Russell Ballard’s office might not surprise you. He has a photo of his late wife, Barbara, and the sculpted busts of three previous Church leaders he is related to by blood (Joseph Smith, Joseph F. Smith, and Hyrum Smith). What might surprise you is the Oreo cookie he keeps on his desk.
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December 15, 2020 07:24 PM MST
In a new video released by Church News, President M. Russell Ballard remarks that in his 45 years as a General Authority, he’s traveled the world and there are not many places he hasn’t been—but “the greatest thing probably that ever happened was finding her and marrying her.”
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December 09, 2020 08:05 PM MST
You may have never heard of Topsfield, Massachusetts, but the small town of 6,500 residents now has a historic marker that honors the family of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
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November 06, 2020 03:06 PM MST
Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
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October 20, 2020 11:51 PM MDT
On the debut episode of the Church News podcast, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, recalled the moment President Spencer W. Kimball recommended that the priesthood be given to all worthy males. At the time, President Ballard was a young member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and all of the General Authorities were meeting on the fourth floor of the temple for their monthly meeting.
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September 22, 2020 06:51 PM MDT
In-person ministering has been impacted by the pandemic, especially in regard to travel restrictions, closed borders, and social distancing. But that doesn’t mean Church leaders aren’t keeping in touch with Latter-day Saints. In a recent interview with Church News, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared how they are keeping up to date with Latter-day Saints virtually.
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July 20, 2020 07:55 PM MDT
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, joined the series on how he hears the voice of God by sharing a powerful testimony of how He felt guidance from the Lord while serving as a missionary in England.
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By  LDS Living
November 01, 2019 02:58 PM MDT
While speaking to Church members in Boston, Massachusetts, President M. Russell Ballard shared how his ancestor's near-death shows the hand of the Lord in his life and American history.
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By  LDS Living
October 28, 2019 02:11 PM MDT
“That’s the spirit of those who are in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, including the First Presidency,” President M. Russell Ballard said in a new Church News video. “We love one another. We sustain one another. And it’s a big assignment that we’ve got. We just have the assignment, you know, to convert the whole world. There’s only 7 billion that we’re trying to get to—not an easy task. And we feel as brothers in the gospel of Jesus Christ charged and commissioned to carry the name of Jesus Christ and His Church to the world.”
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By  LDS Living
October 22, 2019 12:02 PM MDT
President M. Russell Ballard shares his first name with his grandfather, Elder Melvin J. Ballard. Elder Ballard passed away when young Russell was not quite 11 years old. Since President Ballard's family was not active in the Church while he was growing up, he never heard his grandfather speak in general conference or give an address.
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October 21, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
About statues of Joseph and Hyrum Smith that President M. Russell Ballard keeps in his office, President Ballard shares, “I look at them, and I think I hear them say, ‘Get going boy, and do something worthwhile. Tell the world what’s happened.’ So to me, I get nudged big time when I see them and see what they did and what they gave. Then I feel obligated to do everything I can to declare and to teach that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is once again upon the earth.”
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October 21, 2019 01:15 PM MDT
President M. Russell Ballard urged members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New England on Sunday evening to “join a new movement” by inviting their neighbors, colleagues and friends on social media to pray for the United States, its leaders and its families.
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September 04, 2019 06:12 PM MDT
Let me make sure that you understand this important point. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions or investigating our history, doctrine, and practices. The Restoration began when Joseph Smith sought an answer to a sincere question.
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July 25, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
The following article was originally published on LDS Living in October 2015.
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July 12, 2019 01:29 PM MDT
"Women have remarkable influence," President M. Russell Ballard recently posted on Instagram. "You sisters have been divinely endowed with a unique kind of discernment and strength that differs in some ways from the gifts our Heavenly Father gave His sons. These differences are intentional and eternal. They don’t make you better than a man, nor do they make you inferior to him. They just make you different—wonderfully, deliberately, everlastingly so."
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June 26, 2019 08:21 PM MDT
One of President M. Russell Ballard's most spiritual moments came as he spoke of two special ancestors.
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May 22, 2019 04:59 PM MDT
M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ, addressed nearly 700 Church members and friends at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi, India on May 19, 2019—his first visit ever to the country. He expressed his love for the people of India.
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By  LDS Living
April 26, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Get to know the current members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve with these books and talks authored by our beloved leaders.
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By  LDS Living
March 05, 2019 03:00 PM MST
Recently the Ensign shared a beautiful article byBarbara Morgan Gardiner about connecting daughters of God to His priesthood power. This article has been shared by several apostles on Facebook, along with messages about the power of women and how they access priesthood power in their lives.
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January 05, 2019 02:58 PM MST
What helpful advice from President Ballard that will help us as we set our goals and priorities for the new year.
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December 29, 2018 03:10 PM MST
In 1969 I traveled to Mexico with three business associates. All three were outstanding businessmen, and each had amassed a considerable fortune; in fact, one was widely reported to be one of the richest men in the entire world. The four of us sat together in the lavish executive compartment of a private jet—a billionaire, two millionaires.
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December 27, 2018 09:32 AM MST
Amidst their world travels andbig Church changes, it's impossible to summarize all the good the prophet and apostles have done this year. But here's a glimpse into some of the most popular and touching stories and messages shared from the Brethren this year.
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By  LDS Living
November 23, 2018 03:14 PM MST
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are now using Instagram to share the light of Jesus Christ with millions around the world.
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By  LDS Living
October 19, 2018 06:49 PM MDT
Sister Barbara Ballard, a woman who "radiated every Christlike attribute," passed away Oct. 1, 2018.
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Fun
October 09, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
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.
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October 07, 2018 03:05 PM MDT
When President M. Russell Ballard stepped up to the pulpit on Sunday morning, he revealed that the talk he would proceed to give was prepared before his wife’s passing on October 1, 2018, after battling many health problems, including Alzheimer's.
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By  LDS Living
October 01, 2018 01:46 PM MDT
Sister Barbara Ballard passed away in her home on October 1, 2018. To celebrate the life of this wonderful woman who sacrificed so much for the Church and to build the Lord's kingdom on earth, we wanted to share some of these touching tributes President M. Russell Ballard shared about his wife over the pulpit and on social media.
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August 11, 2018 04:00 PM MDT
Some years ago there was a rather serious tragedy in our ward. A great woman, the wife of our former bishop and a woman beloved and respected in our ward family, contracted cancer of the worst kind. This was a vivacious, effervescent woman who lifted and inspired everyone she met. As the disease became worse, I gave her blessings. Other General Authorities gave her blessings. One of the blessings I gave was in the presence of her seventeen-year-old son. Another blessing was given to her when her son was eighteen. Our Heavenly Father, though, had something else in mind for her, and she was taken home to Him.
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July 28, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Just as the sun was coming up on a brisk, spring morning in 1963, I headed to the stake center to meet my priests' quorum adviser. It was Saturday and, oh, how I longed to be almost anywhere but digging weeds at the church. I was pretty much a normal 16-year-old kid, totally into myself and involved with countless activities.
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By  LDS Living
July 25, 2018 06:09 PM MDT
In November 2017, Elder M. Russell Ballard said, "We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. Certainly, we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord."
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Fun
By  Yvonne Liu
July 14, 2018 09:10 AM MDT
Choosing an eternal companion is one of the most important decisions to make in this life. However, people fall in love and find their eternal companions in many different ways. Even our beloved prophet and apostles experienced times when they had butterflies in their stomachs and unrestful nights thinking about their significant others. Here are the stories of how our prophet and apostles found their eternal companions.
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June 05, 2018 04:23 PM MDT
“We, Mormons and Catholics, stand together in our recognition [of] freedom of religion [and] freedom of worship — the focus of the 11th article of faith in the Mormon Church,” said Cardinal Wuerl.
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May 12, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
We know the First Presidency and apostles sacrifice much to serve the Lord and members around the world, but sometimes we fail to recognize the women who travel with them, stand beside them, and sacrifice just as much for our Church. Learn a little more about the wives of the apostles.
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April 12, 2018 08:57 AM MDT
The following stories were excerpted from Our Search for Happiness and When Thou Art Converted.
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March 13, 2018 04:58 PM MDT
Before Jimmer Fredette became nicknamed the "Lonely God" and could score 73 points in a single game in the Chinese Basketball Association, he was frustrated and struggling in the NBA. That's when a call from an apostle changed his perspective.
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February 13, 2018 03:22 PM MST
"Huntsman, a former Area Seventy, stake president, and mission president in Washington, D.C., was a 'strong, powerful, fair businessman' whose 'word was his bond,'" said Elder Ronald A. Rasband.
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February 08, 2018 06:31 PM MST
Even though he died when I was just 10 years old, Melvin J. Ballard has been a major influence in my life. For as long as I can remember I have heard my family talk about his love for the Lord and his unwavering devotion to the Church. He spent his entire life building on the "sure foundation" of which Helaman spoke, and I'm not aware of any "shafts in the whirlwind" that were able to penetrate his faith and testimony. In fact, my personal quest for knowledge of the Savior was motivated to a great degree by Grandfather Ballard's account of one of his most sacred experiences.
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By  LDS Living
February 08, 2018 05:09 PM MST
The First Presidency announced on Thursday that the rededication of the Houston Texas Temple will take place Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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November 20, 2017 02:33 PM MST
“We send our love across the oceans, the mountains and the electronics to all the world,” said Elder Oaks.
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November 14, 2017 06:20 PM MST
Elder M. Russell Ballard met with BYU students at a campus devotional on Tuesday, answering tough questions that covered a variety of topics. “In the end, I was surprised to receive 767 questions,” he said. “They cover a variety of topics, including life at BYU, dating, doctrine, marriage, revelation, seeking perfection, and showing love to others.”
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October 02, 2017 02:10 PM MDT
"We need to embrace God’s children compassionately and eliminate any prejudice, including racism, sexism, and nationalism," Elder Ballard said at the Sunday afternoon session of general conference this weekend.
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By  LDS Living
September 22, 2017 02:20 PM MDT
Many stepped in to help after Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding tore through Huston, Texas, and surrounding cities, leaving thousands in its destructive wake.
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By  LDS Living
July 19, 2017 07:10 PM MDT
Life, death, pain, laughter, heartache, and beautiful moments of joy fill every person's experience here on this earth. None of us are exceptions, even those who serve the Lord.
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June 09, 2017 02:29 PM MDT
During a devotional to temple workers last Sunday, Elder Ballard shared how temples built today will be used to aid the salvation of others during the Millennium.
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May 25, 2017 05:49 PM MDT
Elder Ballard said, the Light of Christ “is in each one of you. It came from the premortal world. Let it shine through your eyes, your words, your expressions of love and appreciation to your friends, ward members, or anyone who might be struggling, so they feel the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ through you.”
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April 15, 2017 08:00 AM MDT
It isn't an easy task to narrow down the list of books written by prophets, apostles, and historians about the Church. The topics are varied and the viewpoints are many. However, there are certain books that have risen to the top and have stayed extremely relevant to readers over the years. We'd like to introduce our ultimate list of must-read LDS classics:
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By  LDS Living
March 17, 2017 04:44 PM MDT
Motherhood is never easy, but being a mother in this day and age comes with its own unique challenges.
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By  LDS Living
March 11, 2017 03:00 PM MST
In this interesting video created by Mormon Life Hacker, three general conference talks from our apostles President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and Elder M. Russell Ballard share powerful messages of how we can simplify our life to focus on what is most important.
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January 12, 2017 10:00 PM MST
Family councils are necessary today to help the family unit achieve individual and family goals, combat the evil influences in the world, and understand accountability to one another and to God. In many ways, these councils are how God accomplishes His work on Earth.
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Fun
December 29, 2016 10:25 PM MST
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are always busy traveling and visiting members around the world. And this year more than ever we've enjoyed seeing the photos of their travels they have shared with us on Facebook! Here are some of our favorites from the year:
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By  LDS Living
November 17, 2016 01:53 PM MST
Pornography has become entirely normalized in our society.
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By  LDS Living
October 25, 2016 05:15 PM MDT
For those Church members still working on getting your temple recommend, Elder M. Russell Ballard has a special message for you.
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By  LDS Living
September 28, 2016 05:53 PM MDT
While criticism arises in the rest of the world about superficial characteristics of our Church leaders (like their age, race, or where they live), Church members know those are not distinctions that matter when it comes to Church leadership, "for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (Samuel 16:7).
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September 06, 2016 01:40 PM MDT
Many families were away on trips over the long holiday weekend, but five LDS Church leaders and many Mormon volunteers, including David Archuleta, traveled to Louisiana to help and encourage those whose homes were damaged by the recent flooding.
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August 12, 2016 03:53 PM MDT
What a sweet example of two faiths finding commonalities and coming together to celebrate their shared past.
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