Elder Bradley D. Foster was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the
Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2009. He served as second
counselor in the South America South Area Presidency from 2010-2012. He is now serving at Church
Elder Foster attended Ricks College, focusing on pre-veterinary studies. In 1971 he
started his own company, Foster Agri Business. He has served as a member of the Idaho Potato Commission,
on the board of directors for Farm Credit Bank, and on the Presidents Advancement Council at BYU-Idaho.
Elder Foster served a full-time mission in Texas and has served as elders quorum
president, stake mission president, bishop, high councilor, stake president, and president of the
California Arcadia Mission.
Elder Foster was born in Rigby, Idaho.
He married Sharol Anderson in 1972 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They are the parents of four daughters
and currently have twelve grandchildren.
He quoted President James E. Faust: "There is no greater good in all the world
than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation" (April
1993 general conference).
Drawing upon his experience as a rancher, Elder Foster told a story of a cattle
drive where he rode behind to keep track of stray calves.
"Because it was so hot," he said, "the little calves kept running off into the
trees to find shade. My thoughts turned to the youth of the Church who are sometimes distracted from the
straight and narrow path. I also thought about those who have left the Church or who may feel the Church
has left their heart, while they were distracted. I thought to myself that a distraction doesn't have
to be evil to be effective - sometimes it can just be shade."
He continued, "After several hours of gathering up stray calves, and with sweat
running down my face, I yelled to the calves in frustration, 'Just follow your mothers! They know where
they're going! They've been down this road before!' Their mothers knew that even though the road was
hot and dusty now, the end would be better than the beginning."
When the cattle arrived at the corral, three cows paced nervously at the gate;
their calves were missing. Elder Foster and others found the calves in the shade back up the road, but
the calves resisted them.
"The cows knew exactly where to go to find their calves," he said, "and led them
back to the corral as I had expected."
Then he said that because of agency, "some of our loved ones may stray for a
season. But we can never give up. We must always go back for them - we must never stop trying."