Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
Wayne M. Hancock Wayne M. (Mitchell) Hancock

1931 - living
  • Born 1931 Safford, Arizona
  • Married Connie    ?    1953, Idaho Falls Temple; eight children
  • Bishop, Stake President, Counselor to Mission President
  • President of Utah Provo Mission 1994-1997
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1997-2001
  • Honorably released from Second Quorum of the Seventy October 2001

    This biographical sketch adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Wayne M. Hancock of the Seventy" in the Ensign, May 1997.
    Wayne M. and Connie Hancock wanted to make sure that their lives were headed in the right direction and would often fast and pray for guidance. “I was working as an attorney in Arizona and was trying to determine what kind of a career path to take,” explains Elder Hancock, who was born in Safford, Arizona, on 16 July 1931, and was raised in Glendale, California.

    “Through a series of seemingly insignificant events, we were led to Midland, Michigan, where I worked 27 years with the Dow Chemical Company. The still, small voice and the power of fasting and prayer have always played a crucial role for us in obtaining the guidance we seek.”

    A former stake president, stake president’s counselor, mission president’s counselor, and bishop, Elder Hancock of the Second Quorum of the Seventy has often sought guidance in his callings and professional life. He and his wife have also fasted and prayed often for assistance as parents of eight children. This trust in the Lord has been reassuring during hard times.

    “After some of the biggest disappointments in my life have come some of the biggest blessings,” he notes. “Early on, I planned on serving a mission. I had my mission interview and even had a missionary farewell. Then I was notified that the draft board had denied my mission request and said I must be available if needed for military service. I was sorely disappointed but decided to transfer from the University of Arizona to Brigham Young University that summer. Fortunately, there I met my wife.”

    After Wayne and Connie graduated from BYU in 1953, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on 25 June that year. They headed to California to serve in the military, then were dismayed to find that the call had been postponed. Again disappointment led to blessings, when Brother Hancock ended up attending the University of Arizona law school, where he received his degree three years later.

    Elder Hancock feels that with that degree and with the Lord’s guidance, he was able to be of greater service throughout his career.

    “I am so grateful that through life’s experiences I have learned to trust in the Lord,” says Elder Hancock.

    Grampa Bill is informed by Kim Siever that prior to Elder Hancock's call into the Second Quorum of the Seventy, he was President of the Utah Provo Mission from 1994-1997 and was in fact serving as Mission President when he received his call into the Second Quorum.

    Grampa is grateful to Brother Siever and all those who help make these pages more complete.

    On October 6, 2001, a grateful Church, assembled in the 171st Semi-annual General Conference, gave Elder Hancock a vote of appreciation as he was released with honor from the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

   "News of the Church: Elder Wayne M. Hancock...," Ensign, May 1997 (principal source)
   "Emeritus Seventy: Changes in Quorums of Seventy," Church News Archives, Oct. 13, 2001
   2005 Church Almanac, p. 91

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