When M. Russell Ballard was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, it was another milestone in a lifetime of service to the Lord. Having set aside a variety of entrepreneurial ventures to serve as president of the Canada Toronto Mission at the age of forty-five, he then accepted a call to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy two years later, in 1976, and thus never ended up returning to the business world. In Anxiously Engaged, accounts of this dedicated missionary, husband, father, business leader, and Apostle―accompanied by photos throughout―offer a close-up look at President Ballard’s life, faith, and testimony. As readers come to appreciate the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of the Lord’s children around the world, their own testimonies of his role as a prophet, seer, and revelator will grow.
Joseph Walker began his professional writing career at the Deseret News and has since held numerous public relations positions, including three years with the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Susan Easton Black is an emeritus professor of BYU, where she taught for more than thirty years She is a past Eliza R. Snow Fellow, associate dean of General Education and Honors, and director of Church History in the Religious Studies Center. She has written, edited, and compiled more than 130 books and 300 articles.