Dale Gunnar Renlund (born November 13, 1952) is a cardiologist and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He has been a general authority of the church since 2009. Currently, he is the thirteenth most senior apostle in the church.[1]

Dale G. Renlund
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
LDS Church Apostle
October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)
ReasonDeaths of L. Tom Perry, Boyd K. Packer, and Richard G. Scott
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04) – October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
End reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Personal details
BornDale Gunnar Renlund
(1952-11-13) November 13, 1952 (age 67)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Spouse(s)Ruth Lybbert

Early lifeEdit

Renlund was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Mats Åke Renlund and Mariana Andersson. Renlund's parents were from Finland and Sweden and emigrated to the United States so they could marry in an LDS Church temple.[2] Since his parents did not yet know English, Renlund's first language was Swedish.[3][4] For three years while he was a teenager, Renlund lived with his parents in Sweden where his father was a building missionary for the LDS Church.

From 1972 to 1974 Renlund returned to Sweden where he served as a full-time missionary for the LDS Church.[2] He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and an M.D., both from the University of Utah. He then went on to do a three-year internal medicine residency program and then a three-year cardiology fellowship, both at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While studying at Johns Hopkins, Renlund served as bishop of an LDS ward. During this time his wife, Ruth, was going to law school.[3]

Career and church serviceEdit

In 1986, Renlund became a professor at the University of Utah. From 1991 to 2009, he was the medical director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals Cardiac Transplant Program. In 2000, he also became director of the Heart Failure Prevention and Treatment Program at Intermountain Health Center in Salt Lake City.

Renlund is married to Ruth Lybbert, a daughter of Merlin R. Lybbert, who was a general authority of the LDS Church. The Renlunds are the parents of one daughter. Ruth Renlund was a partner of the law firm of Dewsnup, King & Olsen.

In addition to his time as a bishop, Renlund has served in many positions in the LDS Church, including ward Sunday School president and high councilor. In 1992, Renlund succeeded H. David Burton as president of the Salt Lake University 1st Stake.[5] He served as an area seventy in the church's Utah Salt Lake City Area from 2000 to 2009.

In April 2009, Renlund became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, a full-time ecclesiastical position. Later in 2009, Renlund and his wife moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where he served first as a counselor and then from 2011 to 2014 as president of the church's Africa Southeast Area.

In October 2015, he was sustained as an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve.[6] As an apostle, he is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer and revelator. He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve along with Ronald A. Rasband and Gary E. Stevenson, filling vacancies created by the 2015 deaths of L. Tom Perry, Boyd K. Packer and Richard G. Scott. This was the first time since 1906 that three new apostles were sustained. They are the 98th, 99th and 100th members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the church's history.[7] As of August 2017, among his other assignments Renlund serves on the Church Board of Education and Boards of Trustees.[8]

In June 2018, Renlund was featured in a series of suicide awareness videos published by the church. The series was aimed at understanding suicide and taking measures to prevent it.[9] Renlund also spoke at a medical conference held in Vatican City in April 2018, describing the church's views on religion improving the health of individuals.[10]


Medical publicationsEdit

  • Stehlik, J.; Islam, N.; Hurst, D.; Kfoury, A.G.; Movsesian, M.A.; Fuller, A.; Delgado, J.C.; Hammond, M.E.H.; Gilbert, E.M.; Renlund, D.G.; Bader, F.; Fisher, P.W.; Bull, D.A.; Singhal, A.K.; Eckels, D.D. (November 2009). "Utility of Virtual Crossmatch in Sensitized Patients Awaiting Heart Transplantation". The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. 28 (11): 1129–1134. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2009.05.031.
  • Russo, M.J.; Gelijns, A.C.; Stevenson, L.W.; Sampat, B.; Aaronson, K.D.; Renlund, D.G.; Ascheim, D.D.; Hong, K.N.; Oz, M.C.; Moskowitz, A.J.; Rose, E.A.; Miller, L.W. (October 2008). "The Cost of Medical Management in Advanced Heart Failure During the Final Two Years of Life". Journal of Cardiac Failure. 14 (8): 651–658. doi:10.1016/j.cardfail.2008.06.005.
  • Everitt, M.D.; Donaldson, A.E.; Casper, T.C.; Stehlik, J.; Hawkins, J.A.; Tani, L.Y.; Renlund, D.G.; Kouretas, P.C.; Kaza, A.K.; Bullock, E.A.; Cardon, M.; Kfoury, A.G. (December 2009). "Effect of ABO-Incompatible Listing on Infant Heart Transplant Waitlist Outcomes: Analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Database". The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. 28 (12): 1254-1260. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2009.06.024.
  • Drakos, S.G.; Kfoury, A.G.; Kotter, J.R.; Reid, B.B.; Clayson, S.E.; Selzman, C.H.; Stehlik, J.; Fisher, P.W.; Mérida III, M.; Eckels, D.D.; Brunisholz, K.; Horne, B.D.; Stoker, S.; Li, D.Y.; Renlund, D.G. (August 2009). "Prior Human Leukocyte Antigen-Allosensitization and Left Ventricular Assist Device Type Affect Degree of Post-implantation Human Leukocyte Antigen-Allosensitization".The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. 28 (8): 838-842. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2009.04.031.
  • Kfoury, A.G.; Hammond, M.E.; Snow, G.L.; Drakos, S.G.; Stehlik, J.; Fisher, P.W., Reid, B.B.; Everitt, M.D.; Bader, F.M.; Renlund, D.G.; (August 2009). "Cardiovascular Mortality Among Heart Transplant Recipients With Asymptomatic Antibody-Mediated or Stable Mixed Cellular and Antibody-Mediated Rejection". The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. 28 (8): 781-784. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2009.04.035.
  • Horne, B.D.; May, H.T.; Muhlestein, J.B.; Ronnow, B.S.; Lappé, D.L.; Renlund, D.G.; Kfoury, A.G.; Carlquist, J.F.; Fisher, P.W.; Pearson, R.R.; Bair, T.L.; Anderson, J.L. (June 2009). "Exceptional Mortality Prediction by Risk Scores from Common Laboratory Tests". The American Journal of Medicine. Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. 122 (6): 550-558. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2008.10.043.
  • Bader, F.M.; Rogers, R.K.; Kfoury, A.G.; Gilbert, E.M.; Horne, B.D.; Stehlik, J.; Renlund, D.G. (April 2009). "Time‐Dependent Changes in B‐Type Natriuretic Peptide After Heart Transplantation: Correlation With Allograft Rejection and Function". Congestive Heart Failure. 15 (2). doi:10.1111/j.1751-7133.2009.00055.x. —via Wiley Online Library.
  • May, H.T.; Horne, B.D.; Ronnow, B.S.; Renlund, D.G.; Muhlestein, J.B.; Lappé, D.L.; Pearson, R.R.; Carlquist, J.F.; Kfoury, A.G.; Bair, T.L.; Rasmusson, K.D.; Anderson, J.L. (May 2009). "Superior predictive ability for death of a basic metabolic profile risk score". American Heart Journal. 157 (5): 946-954. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2008.12.021. —via ScienceDirect.
  • Horne, B.D.; May, H.T.; Anderson, J.L.; Kfoury, A.G.; Bailey, B.M.; McClure, B.S.; Renlund, D.G.; Lappé, D.L.; Carlquist, J.F.; Fisher, P.W.; Pearson, R.R.; Bair, T.L.; Adams, T.D.; Muhlestein, J.B. (1 April 2009). "Fasting and Other Health Influences". The American Journal of Cardiology. 103 (7): 1042. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2009.01.032.
  • Stehlik, J.; Nelson, D.M.; Kfoury, A.G.; Reid, B.B.; Clayson, S.E.; Nelson, K.E.; Christensen, B.J.; Renlund, D.G.; Movsesian, M.A.; Cowley, C.G.; Smith, H.K.; Rasmusson, B.Y.; Long, J.W. (1 March 2009). "Outcome of Noncardiac Surgery in Patients With Ventricular Assist Devices". The American Journal of Cardiology. 103 (5): 709-712. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.11.021.
  • Kfoury, A.G.; Renlund, D.G.; Snow, G.L.; Stehlik, J.; Folsom, J.W.; Fisher, P.W.; Reid, B.B.; Clayson, S.E.; Gilbert, E.M.; Everitt, M.D.; Bader, F.M.; Singhal, A.K.; Hammond, M.E. (January 2009). "A Clinical Correlation Study of Severity of Antibody-mediated Rejection and Cardiovascular Mortality in Heart Transplantation". The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. 28 (1): 51-57. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2008.09.012.



  1. ^ Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all ordained apostles (including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Seniority is determined by date of ordination, not by age or other factors. If two apostles are ordained on the same day, the older of the two is typically ordained first. See Succession to the presidency and Heath, Steven H. (Summer 1987). "Notes on Apostolic Succession" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 20 (2): 44–56..
  2. ^ a b "Elder Dale G. Renlund", Liahona, November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Renlund Hyde, Lisa, "Want a New Apostle With A Diverse Background? He's Already There", Mormon Observer
  4. ^ Cook, Quentin. "Elder Dale G. Renlund: An Obedient Servant". ChurchofJesusChrist.org. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ LDS Church News article Dec 5, 1992
  6. ^ McCombs, Brady. "Mormons select 3 new leaders; all from Utah". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Three Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: 100 apostles have now served since Church was organized", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2015-10-03
  8. ^ Church Education: About CES Administration, lds.org. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  9. ^ Lane, Rebecca. "LDS Apostle Debunks Suicide Stigma, Calls For Community Effort To Prevent Suicide". utahvalley360.com. Utah Valley 360. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  10. ^ Wooden, Cindy. "Medical experts who are religious leaders look at faith, health, healing". cruxnow.com. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 27 March 2019.


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Preceded by
Gary E. Stevenson
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 3, 2015 –
Succeeded by
Gerrit W. Gong