APOSTLES — Names Quizzes
QUESTION: The apostle in this dispensation with the shortest last name had only three letters in his last name. The apostle with the longest last name has fourteen letters in his last name. Can you name these two apostles?
ANSWER: The apostle in this dispensation with the shortest last name was President Harold B. Lee. The apostle with the longest last name is D. Todd Christofferson. The apostle with the second-longest last name is Albert Carrington (he served for 15 years as an apostle, beginning in 1870). Click here for more information about apostolic last names.
QUESTION: Three of the apostles of this dispensation had the middle name “Quayle”. Can you name these three apostles?
ANSWER: The three apostles of this dispensation with the middle name of Quayle are George Quayle Cannon, his son Sylvester Quayle Cannon, and George Quayle Morris. Click here to see more information about apostolic middle names.
QUESTION: How many of the apostles in our dispensation have had the last name of ‘Smith’? With ‘Smith’ being the most common last name of our apostles, can you name the second most common last name?
ANSWER: We have had 9 modern-day apostles with the last name of ‘Smith’ (George A., George Albert, Hyrum, Hyrum Mack, Joseph, Joseph F., Joseph Fielding, John Henry, and William). The 2nd-most common last name of our apostles is ‘Richards’. We have had 5 apostles with the last name of ‘Richards’ (Franklin D., George F., LeGrand, Stephen L., and Willard). ‘Young’ is the 3rd-most common last name. Click here for more information about apostolic last names.
QUESTION: How many of the apostles in this dispensation have not had a middle name? Can you name the two apostles who have served most recently that did not have a middle name?
ANSWER: Twenty-one modern-day apostles have not had a middle name. Examples are Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Moses Thatcher. The three apostles who have served most recently that did not have a middle name are LeGrand Richards, Matthew Cowley, and Ulisses Soares. Interestingly, of the 21 apostles without a middle name, 18 of them were born before 1863. Only Elders Cowley, Richards, and Soares were born after 1863. Click here for more information about apostles without middle names.
QUESTION: One of the apostles of this dispensation had the same middle name and last name? Can you name him?
ANSWER: The apostle with the same middle and last name was Hugh Brown Brown (Hugh B. Brown). Elder Brown was born on October 24, 1883 to Homer Manly Brown and Lydia Jane Brown. To honor both sides of the family, Hugh’s parents decided to use Lydia’s maiden name (Brown) as Hugh’s middle name. Thus Hugh’s middle and last names were the same. Click here for more information about apostolic middle names.
QUESTION: How many of the middle names of our most recent apostles can you name (or the first names of those who go by their middle names)?
ANSWER: The full names of our recent apostles are: Gordon Bitner Hinckley, Thomas Spencer Monson, Boyd Kenneth Packer, Lowell Tom Perry, David Bruce Haight, James Esdras Faust, Neal Ash Maxwell, Russell Marion Nelson, Dallin Harris Oaks, Melvin Russell Ballard Jr., Joseph Bitner Wirthlin, Richard Gordon Scott, Robert Dean Hales, Jeffrey Roy Holland, Henry Bennion Eyring, Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf, David Allan Bednar, Quentin LaMar Cook, David Todd Christofferson, Neil Linden Andersen, Ronald Anderson Rasband, Gary Evan Stevenson, Dale Gunnar Renlund, and Gerrit Walter Gong. Click here to see a page that shows all of the middle names of our latter-day apostles.
QUESTION: Not long after the Church was organized, two brethren having the same last name were ordained apostles on the same day. Despite having the same last name, these two brethren were not closely related. Can you name these two apostles?
ANSWER: Lorenzo Snow and Erastus Snow. Lorenzo and Erastus were both ordained apostles on February 12, 1849, Lorenzo being ordained by Heber C. Kimball and Erastus by Brigham Young. Lorenzo was 34 years old and Erastus 30 years old. Coincidentally, these two brethren shared a common ancestor, Richard Snow. Richard, born in Barnstable, England in 1608, was Lorenzo’s 5th great-grandfather and Erastus’ 4th great-grandfather. Click here for more information about Lorenzo Snow and here for more information about Erastus Snow.
QUESTION: What is the most-common first name among our apostles of this dispensation?
ANSWER: The most-common first name among our apostles is John. Seven of our apostles (John F. Boynton, John E. Page, John Henry Smith, John Taylor, John W. Taylor, John A. Widtsoe, and John W. Young) have had this first name. Six of our apostles were named George (George Q. Cannon, George Q. Morris, George Richards, George A. Smith, George Albert Smith, and George Teasdale), and six of our apostles were named Joseph (Joseph F. Merrill, Joseph Smith, Joseph F. Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, Joseph B. Wirthlin, and Joseph A. Young). Five of the apostles were/are named David (David W. Patten, David O. McKay, David B. Haight, David A. Bednar, and David Todd Christofferson). Click here for information about first names of our latter-day apostles.
QUESTION: Two of the counties in Utah were named after an early LDS apostles. Can you name these two counties and the apostles after whom they were named?
ANSWER: The counties are Morgan County and Rich County. The first apostle is Elder Jedediah Morgan Grant, the father of President Heber J. Grant. Elder Grant served as a counselor to Brigham Young for only two years before his untimely death. Morgan County is 603 square miles in area, and the county seat is Morgan City. Manufacturing and the raising of livestock are the main economic endeavors of the county. The main sites of interest in the county are Lost Creek State Park, East Canyon State Park, and the Mountain Green trappers’ confrontation site. The second apostle is Elder Charles C. Rich. The largest city in Rich County is Garden City and the county seat is Randolph.
QUESTION: A unique relationship exists between the name of Elder Bruce R. McConkie and the name of the brother who filled the vacancy created by Elder McConkie’s passing. Are you aware of the relationship? (I readily acknowledge this is the ultimate in church history trivia!)
ANSWER: When Elder Bruce R. McConkie (BRM) passed away, the vacancy thus created was filled by Elder M. Russell Ballard (MRB). BRM-MRB: you could say that the initials of these two apostles had a palindromic relationship. Click here to see more information regarding palindromes and palindromic initials.