I Age-ified the Apostles and First Presidency, and Somehow They’re Even More Adorable

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Aged First Presidency.

OK to be perfectly clear, I do not mean these photo edits to be disrespectful AT ALL. I absolutely love and sustain each member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency. That said…

In recent weeks you’ve probably seen your friends using a popular (and slightly controversial) new app called FaceApp. People have been using the app to digitally age pictures of themselves, and the results are usually extraordinarily realistic. And then I started wondering … what might our beloved church leaders look like with a few years added onto their portraits? What you are about to see is the result of that curiosity. And I’ve just gotta say, each of them looks like the loving grandpa everyone wants to have. Take a gander:

The First Presidency

President Russell M. Nelson

Apostle portraits made to look older.

President Dallin H. Oaks

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Full transparency: Because President Oaks’ portrait portrays him as particularly young, I ran it through the generator twice in order to get a significantly older look.

President Henry B. Eyring

Apostle portraits made to look older.

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

President M. Russell Ballard

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Silver Fox indeed.

Elder David A. Bednar

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Quentin L. Cook

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Full transparency: Because Elder Cook looks so young in his portrait, I’ve also run him through the generator twice over.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Russell M. Stevenson

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Dale G. Renlund

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Apostle portraits made to look older.

Elder Ulisses Soares

Apostle portraits made to look older.

And there you have it! Apparently our First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are still going to look fantastic and fit as ever twenty years down the road. Which photo surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments!


 

Bonus photo

I’ve been skeptical about sharing this edit because I didn’t want it to come off as disrespectful to our prophets. That is not the goal. I fully support their decision to appear more professional and to reverence their sacred calling by being clean-shaven. But, as Brigham Young, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, and George Albert Smith can testify—that hasn’t always been the cultural norm. So, here’s a look into an alternate universe. Another dimension where maybe our First Presidency was actually presiding over the Church in the early 1900s. Here they are, slightly aged and sporting a little tasteful Heber J. Grant-style facial hair:

First Presidency bearded.

David Snell is a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, FamilyShare.com and plenty more. He tries not to take himself too seriously and just wants to brighten your day a bit.