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Jack H. Goaslind Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

1929 - living

  • Born 1928 Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Served mission as a young man
  • Married Gwen Bradford; six children
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • President of Arizona Tempe Mission in the 1970s
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1978-1998
  • Presidency of the Seventy 1985-1987 and again 1995-1998
  • Named Emeritus General Authority 1998
  • President of the Manti Utah Temple 2000—2003.

   This biographical sketch adapted from "News of the Church: Elder Jack H. Goaslind, Jr. of the First Quorum of the Seventy" in The Ensign, November 1978, page 98 on the occasion of his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy and from other sources.
    Elder and Sister Jack H. Goaslind, Jr., love working with young people. They've done it all their lives.

    When Elder Goaslind was bishop, the young men in the ward decided to hike the steep trail of Mt. Timpanogos, just north of Provo, Utah. But one boy's physical capacities didn't match his exuberant desires: Skipper Howard was confined to a wheelchair. Wanting Skipper to share the adventure with his friends, Bishop Goaslind, his counselor, Lynn Pinegar, and the other boys pushed him in his wheelchair every step of the way.

    “I have a great love for the youth,” says Elder Goaslind. He has expressed that love by serving youth in many Church capacities.

    As stake president, he had the special responsibility of supervising the Salt Lake Valley young adults and special interests when that program was just being initiated. That experience prepared him to serve as counselor in the general presidency of the APMIA (now the Young Men organization.)

    Through these assignments, the Goaslinds have worked with many choice young people. But they’re quick to explain that to them the most important group of youth is their children: Pat, her husband Bryan Glaittli, and their son Greg; David, recently returned from the England London South Mission; Mark, currently serving in the Italy Padova Mission; Elizabeth, Richard, and Diane.

    Born in Salt Lake City on 18 April 1928 to Jack H. and Anita Jane Jack Goaslind, Elder Goaslind has always felt close to his father. They served simultaneously as bishops and stake presidents, and worked for many years together in business.

    An avid skier since grade school, Elder Goaslind decided at nineteen to go on a mission, turning down an invitation to train for the Olympics. He has continued to enjoy the sport, however. “But I don't think he'll be getting a new set of skis this year,” quips Sister Goaslind.

    Instead of buying new skis, the new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy says he plans to get a good pair of track shoes. Why?

    “To keep up with President [Spencer W.] Kimball,” he says. “I just hope I can run that fast!

    “President Kimball has blessed my life by extending a call from the Lord for me to serve my fellowmen in new and exciting ways,” he continues. “I am humbly grateful.”

    Adapted from “News of the Church,” The Ensign, November. 1985, page 100.

    Elder Jack H Goaslind, Jr. of the First Quorum of the Seventy was called to the presidency of that quorum October 6 at the closing session of general conference.

    He filled a vacancy in the presidency occasioned by the call of Elder M. Russell Ballard to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

    Elder Goaslind had many years of Church leadership experience and filled administrative roles through his General Authority assignments for the past several years. In the past, he has served in the general presidency of the Church's Young Men organization.

    He talked with the Ensign about his new calling and his background.

    On the Friday before general conference, Elder Jack H Goaslind, Jr., told his wife, Gwen, that his secretary had just informed him she was moving and would have to quit. To a man who develops close ties with those he works with, the news was indeed unwelcome.

    But general conference brought even greater changes in his life than he had anticipated. He was called as one of the seven presidents of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    At the time of the call, Elder Goaslind was president of the Church's North America Northwest Area and a managing director of the Priesthood Department. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Asia Area Presidency, as a Managing Director of the Missionary Department, and as a regional representative.

    In 1972, Elder Goaslind was called to serve as a counselor in the presidency of the Aaronic Priesthood Mutual Improvement Association. He and his wife, the former Gwen Bradford, were then called to preside over the Arizona Tempe Mission. And in September 1978, he was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    Before being called to full-time Church service, Elder Goaslind was vice-president of Affiliated Metals, Inc.

    Elder Goaslind was born 18 April 1928, to Jack H. and Anita Jack Goaslind. Following a mission, he graduated from the University of Utah, where he met his future wife. A native of Salt Lake City, Elder Goaslind is an avid skier and loves doing things with his family. He and Sister Goaslind are the parents of three sons and three daughters and are expecting their ninth grandchild.

    His father has always been an inspiration to him. One of the memorable experiences of his life was serving first as bishop, then as stake president at the same time his father was serving in both those assignments in the neighboring stake. He felt it was an honor to be associated with his father in that service. “I will be eternally grateful,” he said of his parents, “for their love and its profound influence on my life.”

    Since his visit with President Kimball when he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, “things have not been the same. More than ever before,” he testifies, “I feel my total dependence on the Lord and pray earnestly for his Spirit to attend me.”

    Two years later, Elder Goaslind was released from the Presidency of the Seventy on August 15, 1987 so that he could serve as President of the British Isles-Africa Area of the Church, He was once more called into the Presidency of the Seventy August 15, 1995. The call would last to August 15, 1998. He was granted emeritus status on October 3, 1998

   "News of the Church: Elder Jack H. Goaslind, Jr...," Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 98
   “News of the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, p. 100.
   “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 1987, p. 19
   "Four Leaders Receive New Assignments," Church News Archives, July 1, 1995
   "Granted emeritus status," Church News Archives, Oct. 10, 1998
   2005 Church Almanac, p.77

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