Baby Pictures of the Apostles? Yes Please.

baby picture of elder m. russell ballard

The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hold a special place in our hearts. Their great examples, fun stories, and powerful testimonies make it easy to adore them. I especially love hearing from these General Authorities during General Conference!

The members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had to start somewhere, though. So, I dug up some baby pictures. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and find out what they all looked like when their lives were just beginning!

Related: Photos of the Apostles 2009 vs. 2019

Elder Ulisses Soares

Elder Ulisses Soares as a child

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Elder Gerrit W Gong as a baby with parents

Elder Dale G. Renlund

Elder Dale G. Renlund as a child
via Deseret News

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Elder Gary E. Stevenson as a baby
via Deseret News

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Elder Ronald A. Rasband as a child with parents

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Elder Neil L. Andersen as a child

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder D. Todd Christofferson with his father

Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder Quentin L. Cook as a child

Elder David A. Bednar

Elder David A. Bednar as a child with his father
via Deseret News

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf as a baby
via Deseret News

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a child

President M. Russell Ballard

President M. Russell Ballard as a baby
via Deseret News

President Henry B. Eyring

President Henry B. Eyring as a young boy
via Deseret News

President Dallin H. Oaks

President Dallin H. Oaks as a baby
via Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson

President Russell M. Nelson as a child
via Insights From a Prophet’s Life: Russell M. Nelson

Related: Getting to Know the New Mormon President: Russell M. Nelson

Weren’t they the cutest kids? These pictures definitely made me want to dig up my old baby pictures. Looking at these photos also helped me realize how much potential we all have. We never know what the Lord has in store!

I am so grateful for the people that raised these boys into the spiritual giants they are now. Their stories are incredible. In fact, we have a series all about how the apostles came to be! Don’t you love learning more about these fantastic people?

The leaders of our church have helped to bring me closer to Christ. What about you? Please, share your stories in the comments below!

Brooklyn Gittins is an enthusiastic member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has written for food and lifestyle blogs but is currently sharpening her skills as a writing intern for Third Hour. She enjoys spending time with her husband, petting dogs, and eating buttered noodles.