J. Reuben Clark
J. Reuben Clark [Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Heber J. Grant]
Born On: 09-01-1871
Died On: 10-01-1961
In April 1933, Clark was called to serve in the LDS Church as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Heber J. Grant. He replaced Charles W. Nibley, who had died in December 1931. This call was unusual, not only for the delay between Nibley's death and Clark's call, but also because counselors were generally selected from within the general authorities of the church. (Clark had also never been a stake president or bishop in the church. He wasn't even very active in the church at that point, due to his duties as ambassador.) In September 1934, Grant's First Counselor Anthony W... [more]

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Alvin R. Dyer
Alvin R. Dyer [Counselor in the First Presidency]
Born On: 01-01-1903
Died On: 03-05-1977
Born and raised in Utah, Dyer was an accomplished baseball player as a youth, but put baseball aside to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Eastern States Mission from 1922 to 1924. In 1926 he was married to May Elizabeth Jackson in the Salt Lake Temple. After his mission, he had the opportunity to play professional baseball, but declined the offer because he would have to play on Sundays. Instead he studied mechanical drafting and technical engineering in order to become a sheet metal journeyman. He later managed the heating and air conditioning department of Utah Builders Supply... [more]
Cecil O. Samuelson
Cecil O. Samuelson [12th President BYU]
Born On: 08-01-1941
Died On:
Cecil Osborn Samuelson, Jr. (born August 1, 1941) is the 12th and current president of Brigham Young University (BYU) and has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1994. Prior to holding these positions, Samuelson had worked as a professor of medicine and later dean of the school of medicine at the University of Utah, and senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care. Samuelson served as a full-time LDS Church missionary to Scotland as a youth and has continued church service in his adulthoodóbeing appointed to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1994, and also serving as an Area President, as one of the seven presidents of the Seventy, and as the general president of the church's Sunday School organization... [more]
Dallin H. Oaks
Dallin H. Oaks [Quorum of the Twelve Apostles]
Born On: 08-12-1932
Died On:
Oaks was born in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1950, Brigham Young University in accountingin 1954, and the University of Chicago Law School in 1957. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Oaks clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court from 1957 to 1958. After his clerkship he practiced at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Oaks left Kirkland & Ellis to become a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. During part of his time on the faculty of the Law School, Oaks served as interim dean... [more]