I was recently reminded of the neighborly relationship between these two apostles. Let’s review some dates.
- 1975-1976: Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve
- 1976-1986: First Quorum of the Seventy
- 1986: Presidency of the Seventy
- 1986-2008: Apostle
Russell M. Nelson
- Apostle: 1984-present
I didn’t know until recently that they knew each other much better than just their time as apostles. They served together in the Bonneville Stake Presidency. Russell was President and Joseph was 2nd Counselor. See the news article from December 12, 1964 here.
Note that their other neighbor in the nice Harvard/Yale area of Salt Lake was fellow apostle Dallin Oaks who was ordained an apostle on the same day as Russell in 1984.