J. Golden Kimball was a Mormon leader born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1853. His father was Heber C. Kimball and his mother was Christeen Golden. He was quite poor as a child and then worked as a cowboy and a teamster, which started him on a path tht led him to be known as the “Swearing Apostle.” Kimball became a Seventy in 1886 . Seventies serve as special witnesses of Jesus Christ. He died in 1938 at the age of 85.
From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints press release:
First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson is a living apostle, Navy veteran of World War II and an accomplished businessman and publisher. He has served in the First Presidency under three prophets of God: Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter and now, Gordon B. Hinckley.
Born July 1, 1855 in Salt Lake City, Orson F. Whitney, a poet, historian and apostle, was the grandson of one of the original twelve apostles under Joseph Smith, Jr., Heber C. Kimball. One of his earliest memories was the family moving as Johnson’s Army approached Salt Lake City. Which is a whole other story pertaining to Mormon History and is better told at another time.
One of my favorite apostles in this modern age is Elder John A. Widtsoe. Born January 31st of 1872 in Dalöe, Island of Fröyen, Norway, his mother, who worked as a seamstress, and siblings joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and they emigrated from Norway to America in 1883, where he was baptized April 3, 1884.
I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot in my heart for Elder Russell M. Nelson, a living Apostle of God. What an incredible phrase that is, “living apostle of God.” The power in that alone speaks to the veracity that God still speaks to man and will continue to do so for eternity. But this is not what I’m writing about today.
One of the original twelve apostles called under Joseph Smith, Jr. was Elder Parley P. Pratt. I have always felt an affinity to this man because of the strength and power of the words he has written.
With the passing of our beloved President James E. Faust this past summer and the calling of Elder Henry B. Eyring to step into his shoes and office, a vacancy was created in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.