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Ronald T. Halverson Ronald T. (Tomlinson) Halverson

1936 - living

  • Born 1936 Ogden, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Oslo Norway 1957-1959
  • Married Linda Kay Jensen 1960, Salt Lake Temple; five children
  • Stake President, Regional Representative, Area Authority Seventy
  • President of Oslo Norway Mission 1990-1993
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1998-2006

    This biographical sketch adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Ronald T. Halverson of the Seventy" in the Ensign, May 1998.
    “I have been very blessed to see the hand of the Lord in my life,” says Elder Ronald T. Halverson, “and I have learned that the gospel brings happiness and joy when you are obedient.”

    Born on 18 December 1936 in Ogden, Utah, to Marlowe and Hilda Tomlinson Halverson, Ronald was the third in a family of four boys. He grew up in Ogden and attended Weber State College, where he met Linda Kay Jensen, of Hooper, Utah. In 1957-59, he served in the Oslo Norway Mission. After his mission, while attending the University of Utah, he and Linda married in the Salt Lake Temple on 13 October 1960. They are the parents of five children—four boys and one girl.

    Upon leaving the University of Utah, he worked at his father’s company, Marlowe Plumbing and Heating. He quickly discovered that he had an ability in business, and eventually he and his brother started three companies: Halverson Mechanical, Inc.; H&H Mechanical, Inc.; and RHYCO, Inc.

    Active in politics, Elder Halverson served for a total of 16 years (1966-82) in the Utah State Legislature in both the House and Senate. He has also served for nearly 10 years as chairman of the State Building Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Weber State College.

    The Halverson family enjoy vigorous outdoor sports and activities, such as skiing, snowmobiling, desert biking, fishing, and hunting. They also raise and train horses.

    Elder Halverson has fulfilled Church callings with a vitality for which he is known in his personal and professional life. He has served as a stake president and counselor, regional representative, president of the Oslo Norway Mission 1990-93, and member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy serving in the Utah North Area.

    “My testimony grew line upon line, precept upon precept,” says Elder Halverson, “and I have been privileged over the years to have personal spiritual experiences. My testimony is very strong that Jesus is the Christ and that it is only through him that we can return to the presence of the Father.”

    In October 2006 , Elder Halverson was extended an honorable release and given a vote of thanks from a grateful Church in General Conference assembled.

   "News of the Church: Elder Ronald T. Halverson...," Ensign, May 1998.
   "13 new General Authorities called," Church News Archives, April 11, 1998
   2005 Church Almanac, p.43
    Thomas S. Monson, “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, p.23–24

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