President Russell M. Nelson Is Now the Longest-Living Apostle in the History of the Church

Move over, David B. Haight

The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson, has reached a new milestone. Out of all the apostles that have been called since 1835, Russell M. Nelson has lived longer than them all.

President Nelson has surpassed Apostle David B. Haight, who lived just short of 97 years, and 11 months or 35,763 days. As of August 9, 2022, President Nelson has lived 97 years, 11 months, and 1 day, or 35,764 days. President Nelson will turn 98 years old on September 9, 2022.

President Nelson became the longest-living Church president on April 14, 2022. He surpassed the age of President Gordan B. Hinckley at 97 years, 7 months, and 4 days.

While President Nelson has reached these milestones, there are other general authorities that still have had years on him. In June 2022, Ronald L. Backman passed away at the age of 100 years, 2 months, and 13 days. Elder Backman was an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the seventy having served from 1978 to 1992.

There is still one other general authority that has lived even longer. Patriarch Eldred G. Smith passed away at the age of 106. He was the last person to fill the position of Patriarch to the Church (or Presiding Patriarch). He was designated as an emeritus General Authority in 1979, when the calling was unofficially discontinued. He is the great-great-grandson of Hyrum Smith and came from a long line of Presiding Patriarchs. He was called to the position in 1947 when his cousin, Joseph F. Smith II, was unexpectedly released.

Eldred G. Smith with Thomas S. Monson in 2018 | Gerry Avant
Eldred G. Smith with Thomas S. Monson in 2013 | Gerry Avant

President Nelson remains an active president of the church. The nonagenarian is planning to preside over the rededication of the Washington D.C. Temple on August 14, 2022. President Nelson could still have a few years of leadership ahead of him. Though, some members can’t help but try and predict who will fill the office in the future.

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