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Donald L. (Lambert) Hallstrom Donald L. Hallstrom


1949 - living

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  • Born 1949 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to England Central 1969-1971
  • Married Diane Clifton, Cardston Alberta Temple 1972; four children
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • Area Authority: 1995-1997
  • Area Authority Seventy 1997-2000
  • First Quorum of Seventy: 2000-present
  • Presidency of the Seventy: 2009-present

    The young lad growing up next to the Honolulu Tabernacle never guessed he would one day become Stake President. Even less, when he listened to visiting General Authorities, did he dream he would become one of them. But such is the life journey of Elder Donald Lambert Hallstrom of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    One of Elder Hallstrom's earliest memories is of sitting in the Tabernacle singing "Who's on the Lords Side? Who?"

    "I remember as a 5-year-old boy wanting to stand up and say, 'I am!' It was a very sweet experience," Elder Hallstrom recalled in an interview with the LDS Church News . It was one of the first of a spiritual nature that I had. It was a hymn that's still in our hymnbook but one that we don't sing as often anymore. But it has always had powerful meaning to me."

    Donald L. Hallstrom was born July 27, 1949 in Honolulu, Hawaii to James E. Hallstrom and his wife Betty Jo Lambert. "My brother, sisters, and I were encouraged to be successful in all aspects of our lives," says Elder Hallstrom, "but everything was secondary to the gospel."

    Elder Hallstrom and his siblings were raised in a missionary tradition. In fact, it was a mission that had brought Donald's father to Oahu in 1940. He was still serving there when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. As his Heavenly Father had first called him to Hawaii, so too did his Uncle Sam in the later years of the war, stationing him in the islands. After the war, he returned to the Islands a third time and settling there, reared Donald and his siblings. Thus raised in the Church, Donald had little difficulty a call to serve in the England Central Mission from 1969 to 1971.

    Following a sucessful mission, Donald matriculated at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. There he met the girl who would eventually become his eternal companion. Diane Clifton grew up in Taber, Alberta, Canada and was also a student at BYU. Acquaintanceship grew to friendship, then to courtship and to love. The two were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple on July 22, 1972, then returned to BYU to complete their studies. They would have four children. Ronald graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor's degree in economics.

    Returning to Hawaii, Ronald established himself at a firm dealing in the economics of real estate evaluation and development. He would work for others for seven years before establishing his own business in the same field in 1980. He remained in the field until called into full-time service to the Lord.

    Both Ronald and Diane have been faithful in service to the Lord. She has worked with the Young Women and as a Seminary Teacher. Ronald held a sucession of increasingly responsible calls in the Church, including Bishop, Stake President, and Regional Representative of the Twelve. Then in 1995 he was called as an Area Authority. In 1997, when the Area Authorities became Area Authority Seventies, he was ordained a Seventy and continued his work in the North America West Area.

    In April of 2000, his five-year call as an Area Authority completed, he might have expected to return to private life. Instead, he was called as a General Authority and given an indefinite call to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    Elder Hallstrom was called as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 2000. Among other assignments, he served in several area presidencies, including as a counselor in the church's North America Central Area, then as both a counselor and as president of the Asia Area. He became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in 2009, filling a vacancy created by the call of Neil L. Andersen to the Quourm of the Twelve Apostles and has responsibility for the work of the church in the North America Northeast area.He continues to serve at this writing.


Bibliography
   "News of the Church: Elder Donald L. Hallstrom..." Ensign; May 2000
   Dockstader; "Having 'Aloha Spirit' gift of leadership, and ability to organize," Church News Archives; April 22, 2000
   "New Callings," Church News Archives; April 8, 2000



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