At 97, Haight becomes oldest Mormon church leader

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) David B. Haight became the oldest Mormon apostle or prophet in the church's history when he turned 97 on Monday.

Former President David O. McKay of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Apostle LeGrand Richards, had previously held that record at age 96.

Haight is four years older than the current president, Gordon B. Hinckley, who is 93.

The president of the LDS church is regarded as God's unique prophet, able to receive and teach modern-day divine revelations. The church's twelve apostles do not hold that unique status but govern collectively with the prophet and hold high religious authority.

Haight was born Sept. 2, 1906, in Oakley, Idaho. He has been married to his wife, Ruby, for 73 years and became an apostle at age 69.

Until recently, he oversaw the church's global missionary effort, which places more than 60,000 volunteers in more than 100 countries, teaching them the local language and sending them out to knock on doors.

He has long been a member of the church's Public Affairs Board, helping the church in its outreach to other faiths.

The Mormon church was founded in 1830.

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