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Tad R. Callister Tad Richards Callister

1945 - living

  • Born 1945, Glendale, California
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth, Melchizedek Priesthood as a young adult
  • Missionary to the Eastern Atlantic States Mission (1965-1967)
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, BYU; Juris Doctorate from UCLA; Master's degree in tax law New York University Law School.
  • Married Kathryn Saporiti, 1968, Los Angeles California Temple; Parents of six children
  • Attorney, most recently at Callister & Callister
  • President of Verdigo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Stake Mission President, Temple Ordinance Worker, Bishop, Stake President and counselor, Regional Representative, Area Seventy
  • President of Canada Toronto East Mission (2005-2008)
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy, 2008 - 2014
  • Presidency of the Seventy, 2011 - 2014
  • Sunday School General President, 2014 - President

    Elder Tad Richards Callister, when sustained to the Presidency of the Seventy, explained that one of the Brethren's goals is bringing about "real growth" in the Church. "That entails more and more people not just coming to sacrament meeting but also partaking of the sacrament, receiving the ordinances the Church offers, and keeping their covenants," he said.

    Desiring to help local Church leaders in that effort, Elder Callister is grateful that the Lord has given him opportunities to serve in many callings. "Having walked in the shoes of the very people I'm now working with-stake presidents and bishops and elders quorum presidents-hopefully makes me more sensitive to and aware of what their needs are," he explained.

    Elder Callister has served as a full-time missionary in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission, elders quorum president, stake mission president, stake president's counselor, bishop, stake president, regional representative, Area Seventy, Second Quorum of the Seventy, Canada Toronto East Mission president (2005-08), and was serving as President of the Pacific Area when called to the Presidency of the Seventy.

    Born to Reed and Norinne Callister in December 1945, in Glendale, California, USA, Elder Callister received a degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1968. He graduated from law school at the University of California Los Angeles in 1971. In 1972 he earned an LLM (master's) degree in tax law from New York University. From 1972 to 2005 he practiced law, and he has written books about the Atonement and the Apostasy and the Restoration.

    He married Kathryn Louise Saporiti in December 1968 in the Los Angeles California Temple. They have six children.

    Elder Callister has recognized the Lord's hand in his life. "The Savior's love is so overwhelming that I think that He and our Father in Heaven are anxiously waiting to bless us at the slightest good we do, because that's Their nature."

    On April fifth, 2014 in the 184th Annual General Conference of the Church, Elder Callister was released from both the Presidency of the Seventy and the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In the same conference he was called as General President of the Sunday School, where he continues to serve at this posting.

    "Elder Tad R. Callister", Liahona, Nov. 2011
    "Elder Tad R. Callister of the Seventy", Liahona, May 2008
    "Elder Tad R. Callister", Church News 2008-07-26 XXX
    Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 2011) p. 72
    Joseph Walker, "Leadership changes announced", Deseret News, 2011-10-01
    "General Authorities: Elder Tad R. Callister",

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