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Elder Patrick Kearon called as an Apostle

Elder Patrick Kearon was born on July 18, 1961, in Carlisle, Cumberland, England. He married Jennifer Carole Hulme in January 1991 and they have four children. Kearon joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1987. He has served in various church roles, including stake president and Area Seventy. Professionally, Kearon has worked in multiple countries and industries, and ran his own communications consultancy. He has been involved in civic and community service, including on boards of charities and educational institutions. For more details, please visit his bio on the Church’s website.

Elder Patrick Kearon’s messages in General Conference convey a strong emphasis on compassion, healing, obedience, and resilience through Christ’s Atonement. In his 2016 talk, “Refuge from the Storm,” he calls for empathy towards refugees, linking this to the Church’s history and Christian responsibilities. Kearon says, “Our response to refugees […] is a litmus test of our discipleship.” His 2022 talk, “He Is Risen with Healing in His Wings: We Can Be More Than Conquerors,” offers solace and empowerment to those facing abuse, underscoring the transformative power of Christ’s Atonement. “No matter our suffering,” he affirms, “we can find comfort in Him.” His 2010 address, “Come unto Me with Full Purpose of Heart, and I Shall Heal You,” highlights the importance of obedience to gospel teachings, using a personal story to stress the necessity of full-hearted dedication to Christ for genuine peace. These messages collectively illustrate his unwavering commitment to fostering a Christ-centered life marked by deep compassion, adherence to spiritual guidance, and the pursuit of healing and strength through faith.

For more details and the full context of these quotes, please visit the talks on the Church’s website:

About the author

C.D. Cunningham

C.D. Cunningham is the managing editor of Public Square magazine. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, he studied religion at Harvard University Extension. He serves on the board of the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association.
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