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Richard D. Allred Richard D. (David) Allred

1932 - living
  • Born 1932 Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Gay Banner 1956; three children
  • Career U.S. Air Force
  • Bishop, Patriarch, Stake President, Regional Representative, Temple President
  • President of Guatemala Quezaltenango Mission
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1997 - 2002
  • Honorably released from Second Quorum

Though he felt “overwhelmed” at the call as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Richard D. Allred told a reporter from the Church News that he and his wife “love the Lord, and we’re pleased to be involved in his work.” Service in the Lord’s work has became a way of life for him and his wife, Gay.

A career officer in the United States Air Force who retired in 1979, he held a number of executive positions in business before being called as a General Authority. These included appointments as general manager of one company and chief executive officer of another. But his tenure in these business positions was not long, usually ending when he accepted another full-time Church calling. He served as a mission president in Quezaltenango, Guatemala, then later was called as president of the Missionary Training Center in Guatemala City. Two years after that mission ended, he was called as president of the temple in Guatemala City.

Noting how actively his wife has served by his side in these callings, he said that she will again be “a great asset to the work” what ever his assignment in the Church.

He was serving as president of the San Antonio Texas East Stake when called as a General Authority. He has also been a Regional Representative, stake patriarch, and bishop.

He was born in Salt Lake City on 3 August 1932. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and later a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.

He married Gay Banner on 19 December 1956 in the Logan Temple. At the time of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy, they were the parents of three children and twelve grandchildren.

“He gives his all, whatever he does in the Church,” his wife commented. “He loves the people, and they know it. He has a great talent for working with people.”

Since the Allreds grew used to going wherever assignments take them, first in the military, then in Church service, his call as a General Authority did not alter their lifestyle significantly. “The decision was made a long time ago to serve whenever called,” he said.

Elder Allred said that among the many things he may do as a General Authority, it will be a goal of his to carry out the mandate given to the Seventies by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “to bear testimony and to strengthen and establish Zion.”

Having completed his five-year call to The Second Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Alred was honorably released on October 6, 2002. While in the Second Quorum, he functioned as President of the North America, Southeast Area among other assignments.
The Ensign; May 1997; "News of the Church: Elder Richard D. Alred of the Seventy"
The LDS Church News; April 12, 1997; "Second Quorum of the Seventy: New leaders bring rich experience"
The LDS Church News; April 26, 1997; "Family, service bring greatest happiness to newly called leader" by Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News Staff Writer

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