Four months ago President Russell M. Nelson became the oldest President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but now he has become also the Church’s longest-living Apostle in this latter-day dispensation.
As of today, Aug. 9, 2022, President Nelson — who was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City — has lived for 35,765 total days, or 97 years and 11 months, if using calendar dates.
Previously, Elder David B. Haight, who served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1976 to 2004, was the Church’s longest-living Apostle.
On April 14 of this year, President Nelson turned 97 years, seven months and six days old, becoming the longest-living President of the Church, surpassing in age the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, who passed away in 2008 at 97 years, seven months and five days.
According to The Church News
“In his four years and three months as President of the Church, President Nelson has traveled 115,000 miles to 35 nations on six continents — meeting with government and religious leaders and Latter-day Saints in large and small settings — and has led the Church through the COVID-19 pandemic, ministering instead through videoconferences and online broadcasts. Asking Latter-day Saints to gather Israel on both sides of the veil, President Nelson has also announced 100 new temples, including 17 at the recent April 2022 general conference.
President Nelson’s four-plus year tenure is the 13th longest of the 17 Church presidents. The three longest-serving are Brigham Young, 29 years; Heber J. Grant, 26 years; and David O. McKay, 18 years. “
Below is a list of the Church’s 5 longest-living latter-day Apostles.
1. President Russell M. Nelson
- President of the Church (2018 to present)
- Born: Sept. 9, 1924
- Age as of Aug. 9, 2022: 97 years, 11 months, 2 days
2. Elder David B. Haight
- Born: Sept. 2, 1906
- Died: July 31, 2004
- Age at death: 97 years, 10 months, 30 days
3. President Gordon B. Hinckley
- President of the Church (1995-2008)
- Born: June 23, 1910
- Died: Jan. 27, 2008
- Age at death: 97 years, 7 months, 5 days
4. Elder LeGrand Richards
- Born: Feb. 6, 1886
- Died: Jan. 11, 1983
- Age at death: 96 years, 11 months, 6 days
5. President David O. McKay
- President of the Church (1951-1970)
- Born: Sept. 8, 1873
- Died: Jan. 18, 1970
- Age at death: 96 years, 4 months, 11 days