Funeral services for President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.
It will take place on Friday, November 17, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MST. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older.
The Temple Square gates and the Tabernacle doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend should be in their seats by 10:30 a.m. The Church campus buildings will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen following the funeral at 1 p.m.
The funeral services will be streamed live on the Church’s Broadcasts page and Inspiration and Events YouTube channel (both available in Cantonese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish), as well as BYUtv.
A private burial service will take place at the Salt Lake City Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, President Ballard’s family has asked that donations be made to This Is The Place Heritage Park.
There will be no public viewing, but expressions of sympathy can be posted on President Ballard’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts.
We are saddened to announce that President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has died. After a recent brief hospital stay, he returned to his home where he attended to duties as he was able to before passing away at approximately 11:15 p.m. November 12, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. He was 95.
President Ballard is survived by his seven children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wife, Barbara, died on October 1, 2018, at age 86.
President Ballard became an Apostle on October 6, 1985. He was announced as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on January 16, 2018.
As a young man, Pres. Ballard served a mission to England. In 1974, he was called as president of the Canada Toronto Mission, where he was serving when called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976. He served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from 1980 to 1985.
Prior to his call as a full-time Church leader, President Ballard had interests in the automotive, real estate and investment businesses.
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