From the Salt Lake Tribune, a variety of reflections on the upcoming selection of two new apostles for the LDS Quorum of the Twelve. Many of those quoted in the article favor a pick that would advance ethnic or international or gender diversity. No one made the obvious prediction: a married white male from Utah with a law degree.
Here is a quick review of some illustrative recent selections. Joseph Fielding Smith selected his son-in-law, Bruce R. McConkie, an attorney, probably the most influential apostolic selection of the 20th century. Spencer W. Kimball, facing two openings to fill, selected Dallin H. Oaks, a Utah Supreme Court Justice at the time, and Russell M. Nelson, his heart surgeon. Three BYU presidents have been selected: Dallin H. Oaks, Jeffrey R. Holland, and David A. Bednar. The most “diverse” recent selection was Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a native German who was an airline pilot. My personal favorite choice of the recent selections is D. Todd Christofferson. Apart from being a married white male from Utah with a law degree, he clerked for Judge John J. Sirica of Watergate fame, he ran the Church History Department before being called as an apostle, and he usually inserts some actual theological discussion into his Conference talks.
And here is some helpful commentary from President Hinckley on the process of selecting a new apostle.
As always, keep your comments civil and productive.