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Neil L. Andersen Neil L. (Linden) Andersen


1951 - living
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  • Born 1951 Logan, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to France
  • Married Kathy Sue Williams 1975 Salt Lake Temple; four children
  • High Councilor, Counselor to Stake President, Stake President
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1983-2009
  • President of the France Bordeaux Mission 1989-1991
  • Presidency of the Seventy 2005-2009
  • Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ 2009-present

    Elder Neil L. Andersen was born 9 August 1951 and reared in Pocatello, Idaho, Elder Andersen served a mission to France and married Kathy Sue Williams on 20 March 1975 in the Salt Lake Temple. The couple have four children and nine grandchildren. He graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He and Kathy then moved to Tampa, Florida, her hometown, where he worked as an advertising executive and later as a vice president of Morton Plant Health System. In addition to his service as mission president, he has served as a stake president, as a counselor in a stake presidency, and as a high councilor.

    In 1980 Elder Andersen, Andersen, then serving as mission president of the France Bordeaux Mission, Kathy, and their four children were watching videotapes of general conference. They were impressed by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve’s address that suggested members read the preface of the new hymnbook and then counseled members not to neglect the hymns, recalled Elder Andersen, three years later as a newly called member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

   Elder Andersen took the counsel to heart, as did his family. “We instituted an almost daily program to learn the hymns,” he said. “We have realized in great abundance the promises outlined in the preface written by the First Presidency.”

    “We don’t realize the enormous blessings available to us unless we actively pursue a course that follows the teachings of the prophets and Apostles,” observes Elder Andersen. “Our family has seen it work over and over again.”

    “Some of our happiest memories are of serving a mission,” notes Elder Andersen. “It is while serving others that the Lord increases and builds our capacities. On so many occasions, as I have felt inadequate in the calling before me, I have felt the Lord’s generosity in lifting and strengthening me. It is that knowledge that sustains me now as I contemplate this new and humbling opportunity.”


    Elder Andersen continued to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy until April of 2005, when he was called into the Presidency of the quorum. While a Seventy he has served as executive director of the Church's Audio-visual department and assistant executive director of the Priesthood Department. He also served as a counselor in the Utah North, Utah South, North America Southwest, North America Northeast, and Europe West Area Presidencies; and as first counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency.

    Elder Neil Linden Andersen was named an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2009. Elder Andersen was serving as the senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy prior to his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve.

    On Wednesday afternoon, April 1, 2009, Elder Neil L. Andersen was unexpectedly asked to come to the office of President Thomas S. Monson. Elder Andersen was called to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

    Commenting on this sacred experience he said, "There is no man with more love than President Thomas S. Monson. His warmth is as the sunshine at midday. Yet, as he extended to me this sacred call, you can imagine the overwhelming soberness I felt as the eyes of the prophet of God peered deeply into the chambers of my soul. Happily, you can also imagine the love I felt from the Lord and from His prophet as President Monson wrapped his long and loving arms around me."


Bibliography
   "News of the Church: Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy," Ensign May 1983
   "News of the Church: Elder Andersen, Elder Rashand Called to the Presidency of the Seventy," Ensign, August, 2005, p.76
   "New Leaders of the Seventy Sustained; Eleven General Authorities Released," Church News Release, Oct 1, 2005
   "Elder Neil L. Andersen, "Official Biographies for leaders", Newsroom (LDS Church)
   "Elder Neil L. Andersen Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles", Newsroom (LDS Church), 4 April 2009


Selected Discourses and Writings
Come unto Him General Conference, April 2009  
"Repent . That I May Heal You" General Conference, October 2009  
What Thinks Christ of Me? General Conference, April 2012  
Trial of Your Faith General Conference, October, 2012  


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