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Melvin Joseph Ballard

Information regarding Melvin J. Ballard

  • Apostle number:  60
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  53
  • Date of birth:  February 9, 1873
  • Place of birth:  Logan, Cache County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  January 7, 1919
  • Age when ordained apostle:  45 years 10 months
  • End of apostolic service:  July 30, 1939
  • Total apostolic years:  20 years 6 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  January 7, 1919
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  20 years 6 months
  • Date of death:  July 30, 1939
  • Age at death:  66 years 5 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  His grandson, M. Russell Ballard, is also an apostle;  he came into the apostleship to fill the vacancy created by the death of President Joseph F. Smith;  he died of leukemia.
  • Inspirational quote:  “There is only one way by which nations can be brought into unity and into peace and into brotherhood.  This is not through guns, nor might, nor force, but through the power of God and the love of our fellowmen that is in the hearts of this people.”

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