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Richard Louis Evans

Information regarding Richard L. Evans

  • Apostle number: 78
  • Quorum of the Twelve number: 71
  • Date of birth: March 23, 1906
  • Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination: October 8, 1953
  • Age when ordained apostle: 47 years 6 months
  • End of apostolic service: November 1, 1971
  • Total apostolic years: 18 years 1 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve: October 8, 1953
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve: 18 years 1 months
  • Date of death: November 1, 1971
  • Age at death: 65 years 7 months
  • Place of death: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • RemarksHe was the writer, producer, and announcer of ‘Music and the Spoken Word’ for over 40 years; he served as the president of Rotary International; he was educated at the University of Utah.  Elder Evans was the last LDS Church apostle to sport facial hair while in office.  He wore a neatly trimmed mustache until the mid-1960s.  Due to Elder Evans’ extraordinary ability to reach across lines of religious differences, the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University was created in his honor on November 1, 1972.
  • Inspirational quotes: “Your direction is more important than your speed.” · “Enjoy life while it is happening.” · “Maturity begins on the day we accept responsibility for our actions.”

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