Ulisses Soares (born 2 October 1958) is a Brazilian businessman and is the junior 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 since 2005 and served as a member of the church's Presidency of the Seventy from January 2013 until his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve in March 2018. He is the LDS Church's first apostle from Brazil. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Soares is accepted by the LDS Church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Currently, he is the junior and fifteenth most senior apostle in the church.
Early life and education
Soares was born in São Paulo, Brazil, the son of Apparecido Soares and Mercedes Carecho Soares. His family joined the LDS Church when he was about five, after learning of the church from an aunt who had joined. The LDS branch they first attended met in a rented space above a bakery, and Soares has spoken of fond memories of the smells of baking bread wafting into sacrament meeting. As a young man, Soares served as a Mormon missionary in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission.
Soares was educated in Brazil, receiving a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo in 1985. He also received an MBA from the National Institute of Postgraduate Study.
Prior to his call as a general authority, Soares was employed as the director of temporal affairs for the LDS Church's Brazil South Area. At the time of his call as a general authority, he was working on a special assignment for the church's Presiding Bishopric in Salt Lake City. He had worked for Pirelli Tire Company and other multi-national corporations as an auditor and accountant. He was convinced by Donald L. Clark to take a job as a senior auditor for the church. After Clark was called as a mission president, Soares replaced him as director of temporal affairs.
LDS Church service
Soares has served in the LDS Church as an elders quorum president, counselor in a bishopric, member of a stake high council and regional welfare agent. In 1995, Soares was appointed the first president of the São Paulo Brazil Cotia Stake. Soares served as president of the Porto Portugal Mission from 2000 to 2003.
In 2005, Soares became a member of the LDS Church's First Quorum of the Seventy. In his first talk as a general conference in October 2005 he emphasized that the gospel is about people not programs. He has served as a counselor and as president of the church's Brazil South Area and as a counselor in the Africa Southeast Area. On January 6, 2013, Soares became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, replacing Walter F. González. In that capacity, Soares had responsibility for the church's North America Southeast Area, along with the Idaho and North America Central areas.
Quorum of the Twelve
On March 31, 2018, Soares was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He and Gerrit W. Gong were sustained to fill the vacancies created from the deaths of Thomas S. Monson and Robert D. Hales. He was widely reported as one of the first two "non-white" members of the church's Quorum of the Twelve. The call of Soares and Gong was called the church leadership's "most significant nod to global diversity since the 1978 revelation on the priesthood" by LDS studies scholar Patrick Q. Mason. Marcus Martins, an LDS expert in sociology and a native of Brazil, said that the call of Soares showcases the potential for international service of many Brazilian members of the LDS Church.
As of April 2018, Soares has given six talks in general conference, and five other talks at church universities or young adult devotionals.
Soares married Rosana Fernandes Morgado in the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple in October, 1982. They served as missionaries in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission at the same time, however they did not actually meet until later when they were both at a stake dance in Sao Paulo. They have three children.
- 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..
- Deseret News, March 31, 2018 article on call of Soares and Gong as apostles
- "Elder Ulisses Soares", Liahona, May 2013, p. 139.
- lds.org bio of Soares
- 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 323.
- KSL article on Soares at the time of his call as an apostle
- "Elder Soares called to Presidency of Seventy", Church News, December 15, 2012, p. 13.
- Morgenegg, Ryan (12 November 2015). "Changes announced for Area Presidencies". Church News.
- "Latter-day Saints Sustain New First Presidency in Solemn Assembly: Two new leaders named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2018-03-31
- New York Times article on Soares and Gong being called to the Quorum of the Twelve
- Chicago Tribune "Mormons make history with Brazilian and Asian leaders"
- Peggy Fletcher Stark "Nelson makes history with his choice of Mormonism’s first Asian-American and Latin American apostles", Salt Lake Tribune, March 31, 2018
- listing of talks by Soares
- "Elder Ulisses Soares: A 'witness' for the world", LDS Church News, April 13, 2018
- 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 51
- "Elder Ulisses Soares Of the Seventy," Liahona, May 2005, p. 125.
- "Elder Ulisses Soares", Liahona, May 2013, p. 139.
- John L. Hart, Lives of building faith in their family and Church, Church News, June 11, 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- New mission presidents (announces Soares' call as a mission president) February 19, 2000. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
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