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Delbert Leon Stapley

Information regarding Delbert L. Stapley

  • Apostle number:  74
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  67
  • Date of birth:  December 11, 1896
  • Place of birth:  Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  October 5, 1950
  • Age when ordained apostle:  53 years 9 months
  • End of apostolic service:  August 19, 1978
  • Total apostolic years:  27 years 10 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  October 5, 1950
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:   27 years 10 months
  • Date of death:  August 19, 1978
  • Age at death:  81 years 8 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  As a young man, he turned down the opportunity to play major league baseball in order to serve as a missionary and because he did not want to play baseball on Sundays.  He served his mission in the southern United States.  He later served as a Marine in the First World War.
  • Inspirational quotes:  “Good habits are developed in the workshops of our daily lives. It is not in the great moments of test and trial that character is built. That is only when it is displayed. The habits that direct our lives and form our character are fashioned in the often uneventful, commonplace routines of life.”

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