‘Wonderful, cool accent, never forget his kindness’ — LDS react to news of new apostle Patrick Kearon

British church leader already has fans among the faithful around the world.

“He was our stake president in the Bristol Stake. He is a man of compassion. I remember him visiting my father before he died.... I’m sure he made a very BIG detour to be able to visit him but made out that he was passing [by]. … I’ll never forget his kindness to us.”

Colin Ramsbottom, Carlisle, England.

“He had just moved into our ward when our daughter Abby was injured in a serious skiing accident, and either he or his wife Jennifer were at the hospital visiting us and her often. That whole family is just wonderful.”

Jim Bennett, Sandy.

“I just met him this week at the LDS communications council meeting (they invited me to come present). He was incredibly approachable and warm. I liked him immediately.”

The Rev. Jamie White, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City.

“I know him; he is wonderful. And he has a really cool accent.”

David Ostler, author of Bridges: Ministering to Those Who Question.

“I’m a big Elder Kearon fan. My kids like him, too — ever since the talk about getting stung by a scorpion when he was a kid. That was so memorable for them. And I’ve loved his talks about refugees and condemning abuse. I’m excited that we’ll get to hear more from him now.”

Jillaire McMillan, Longmont, Colo.

“This is wonderful. Broad international experience, deep empathy, and an ability to preach the gospel of Christ powerfully.”

Ben Spackman, Phoenix

“Our family loves Patrick Kearon so much. He is one of the most generous and compassionate people we have ever met and a tremendous leader in our church. We are excited for his new assignment and opportunity.”

Spencer Cox, Utah governor.