It’s not a terribly novel insight, but the recent calling of Elder Kearon to the Quorum of the 12 is another sign that the Church is breaking out of the relatively limited geographical Mountain West area in spirit as well as in raw numbers, and that the increased diversity of the Church is trickling upwards into the highest rungs of leadership. An adult convert from overseas was called to replace a multigenerational blue blood from pioneer leadership stock in a quorum that is increasingly made up less of multigenerational blue bloods from pioneer leadership stock. (Very pointed note: pointing out this fact is not in any way meant to disparage President Ballard).
A few odds-and-ends thoughts:
As far as I can tell from my cursory Wikipedia search, Elder Kearon is the first adult convert who has been ordained an Apostle since Charles Penrose (ordained in 1904, also a Brit).
Looking forward to the updated Zelophehad’s Daughter’s analysis on this, but Elder Kearon is now the youngest member of the Quorum of the 12 (although still not as young as, say, Elder Bednar was when called), and is young enough that he could very plausibly become President of the Church some day .
He was a “street contact,” and was baptized recently enough that the missionaries involved are probably still alive. This might set a whole new bar for convert retention!
Finally, at the risk of piling on with the adulation, I second what everybody else is saying about his natural spirituality and warmth, and I look forward to sustaining him at the next conference.