M. Russell Ballard
M. Russell Ballard is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Ballard was born in Salt Lake City on October 8, 1928. Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Ballard had interests in automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He served as a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from February 21, 1980 to October 6, 1985 when he was called to his present Church position.