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Richard C. Edgley Richard C. Edgley

1936 - living
  • Born 1936 Preston, Idaho
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Eastern States
  • Married Pauline Nielson; six children
  • Bishop; Stake President
  • Second Counselor to Presiding Bishop 1992-1995
  • First Counselor to Presiding Bishop 1995-2012
  • Designated General Authority Emeritus 2012

    The following is adapted from "News of the Church: Bishop Richard C. Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric" from The Ensign, November 1992, page 102 on the occasion of Bishop Edgley being called as Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
    Eleven years ago, Richard C. Edgley was a vice president of General Mills and was serving in a stake presidency. He was surprised when an offer came from the Church to serve as managing director of the Finance and Records Department.

    “It took me a while to make the decision; it was the hardest decision I've made,” says the newly called second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. “But it crystallized in my mind what was really important and helped me reprioritize things. I've never regretted it.”

    Brother Edgley had been working for General Mills for nineteen years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree, earned a master's degree from Indiana State University, and then went to work for General Mills, living in Toronto, Boston, and Minneapolis.

    Besides helping define and strengthen priorities, the move to Salt Lake City held other benefits for Brother Edgley, his wife, Pauline Nielson Edgley, and their six children. “We found super friends,” Bishop Edgley says. And he understands the importance of friends. As a teenager he spent a summer working on an Idaho ranch and found few friends who shared his values. “It was a lonely time, not a comfortable time,” he remembers. “But in the end, it was a great blessing. I spent that summer studying the scriptures. It was then that the gospel came alive for me.” Shortly afterwards, he served a mission to the eastern states.

    Born 6 February 1936 and reared in Preston, Idaho, Bishop Edgley cites his parents, Phenoi and Ona Crockett Edgley, as the most influential people in his life.

    Other influential people in his life have been Church leaders. Working with General Authorities has taught him the importance of following leaders and has shown him how the work of the Lord is inspired.

    “A scripture that has had particular significance to me since being called as a General Authority is D&C 84:88,” Bishop Edgley says. “It talks of the Lord sending out His servants and of His being on their right hand and their left hand, His Spirit being in their heart, and having His angels bear them up.”

The following is from the March 1995 Ensign and notes Bishop Edgley's call as First Counselor to the Presiding Bishop.
    Bishop Edgley, 59, has also served in the Presiding Bishopric since October 1992. He served as second counselor to both Bishop Bateman and Bishop Robert D. Hales.

    Prior to his call to the Presiding Bishopric, Bishop Edgley was managing director of the Church's Finance and Records Department. He formerly worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Bishop Edgley, a native of Preston, Idaho, graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He has served as a bishop, stake president, and counselor to a stake president. He served a mission in the eastern United States, and he and his wife, Pauline Nielson Edgley, are the parents of six children.

    Bishop Edgley was given an honorable release and designated a General Authority Emeritus in April 2012.

   "News of the Church: Bishop Richard C. Edgley...," The Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 102
   The Ensign March 1995
   2005 Church Almanac, p.51

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