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Gerald N. Lund Gerald Niels Lund


  • Born 1939, Fountain Green, San Pete County, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Missionary to Western Central States Mission 1959-1960
  • BA and MS in Sociology from BYU; New Testament Studies from Pepperdine; Studied Hebrew at Univesity of Judaism
  • Instructor and executive for Church Education System
  • Married Retta Lynn Stanard 1963; seven children
  • Branch President, Bishop, Stake President
  • Second Quorum of Seventy 2002 - 2008

   Elder Gerald N. Lund was born in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah, to Jewell and Evelyn Lund on 12 September 1939. The family moved to Salt Lake City when he was a year old and later to Murray, Utah, where he spent most of his growing-up years.

   “God cheats no one and no one cheats God, my father always used to say. He also often told us, ‘God is a rich paymaster.’ “We were raised on this philosophy,” said Elder Gerald N. Lund, “and it still defines the way I feel about service. The more I try to thank God, the more He seems to bless me, which in turn puts me deeper in His debt. You can never catch up with Him.”

   When Gerald Lund returned from his missionary service, he had determined that he would rather work than go to college.

   “I went to work in the construction business. After spending one week cleaning cement forms with a power brush, I realized this was not how I wanted to spend my life.”

   He promptly enrolled in BYU, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also did post-graduate study at Pepperdine University. His decision to go to college not only changed his life but also resulted in many years of gospel influence for countless numbers of Latter-day Saints.

   In 1963 he married Retta Lynn Stanard, from Great Falls, Montana. They had seven children. Sister Lund wa an accomplished musician and has published many of her arrangements. The Lunds collaborated on several Christmas and Easter cantatas.

   Gerald Lund started teaching seminary in Salt Lake City in 1965, and this was the beginning of a 34-year career with the Church Educational System. In addition to his early years teaching seminary, he taught institute, served as an institute director, worked as a curriculum writer, and fulfilled a number of administrative assignments. He was also the author of many popular books and articles, perhaps the best known of which is his best-selling The Work and the Glory series.

   He retired from the Church Educational System after 34 years, serving in various positions including seminary teacher, institute director, curriculum writer, and a number of administrative assignments.

    Elder Lund was serving as president of the Brigham Young University 14th Stake when he was called as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. On April 6, President Thomas S. Monson led the 172nd General Conference of the Church in the sustaining. Shortly thereafter he was ordained and set apart. Prior to this calling, Elder Lund served the Church as a full-time missionary, branch president, bishop and bishop's counselor. At the time of his call to the Second Quorum of Seventy, Elder Lund was serving as president of the BYU 14th Stake.

   In August 2003, in keeping with the then policy of The Seventy serving in Area Presidencies, Elder Lund was assigned to serve as Second Counselor to Elder Harold G. Hillam in the Europe West Area of the Church. He was released when the Area Presidencies were disolved in 2003.

   Elder Lund was released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy in October 2008.

   “News of the Church,” Ensign, May 2002, p.106
   "Lord has set our feet on different paths," Church News Archives, April 13, 2002
   2005 Church Almanac, p.43

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