Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
Bradley D. Foster Bradley D. Foster


1949 - living

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  • Born 1949, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth, Melchizedek Priesthood as a young adult
  • Full-time Mission in Texas
  • Married Sharol Lynn Anderson 1971, Idaho Falls Idaho Temple; Four children
  • Pre-veterinary Studies at Ricks College, Idaho
  • Owner of Foster Agribusiness; Member of the Idaho Potato Commission, Board of Directors for Farm Credit Bank, and on the Presidents Advancement Council at BYU-Idaho
  • Elders Quorum President; Stake Mission President, Bishop, High Councilor, Stake President,
  • President of California Arcadia Mission
  • Second Quorum of Seventy 2009 - present

    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 headquarters.

    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."


Bibliography
"Bradley D. Foster," Church News, June 20, 2009
"General Authorities: Elder Bradley D. Foster," Official Church Biography
"12 called to Quorums of the Seventy," Church News, April 11, 2009

Selected Discourses and Writings
"Mother Told Me" General Conference, October 2012  


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