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Richard G. and Jeanene W. Scott Richard G. (Gordon) Scott

1928 - living

  • Born  1928 Pocatello, Idaho
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Uruguay
  • Married Jeanene Watkins; seven children
  • President of Argentina North Mission 1965-69
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1977-1988
  • Presidency of First Quorum of the Seventy 1983-1988
  • Ordained an Apostle and sustained as member of the Twelve 1988

Richard G. Scott was born November 7, 1928 in Pocatello, Idaho to Kenneth Leroy Scott and his wife Mary Eliza Whittle Scott. When Richard was four, the family moved to Washington, D.C. where Richard spent most of his formative years. Richard's father was not a member of the Church and his mother was inactive. (In the 'thirties, you were not less active; you were inactive.) The lives of the family were changed forever when Richard's father was named Assistant Secretary of Agriculture working with Secretary/Apostle Ezra Taft Benson. Elder Benson's example led to his father's conversion and his mother's reactivation. Young Richard also accepted the Gospel and was baptized into the Church.

He met, dated, and fell in love with Jeanene Watkins. Perhaps because of his late conversion, Richard had not seriously considered going on a mission. That changed after a night's conversation with Jeanene in which she informed him that she would only marry a returned missionary and only in the Temple. A few weeks later he was in his Bishop's office, and the proper papers were submitted.

Any fears he may have had that others would be chasing Jeanene while he served the Lord were assuaged when she announced that she too would be serving a mission. Nevertheless, all was not smooth sailing. The halls of academia seemed to conspire against his mission. In particular, one professor at George Washington University argued vehemently that the mission was a mistake. Richard was throwing away the opportunity of a lifetime by going. His career might never get back on track if he took the two year sabbatical from his studies. Still, Richard went and served honorably for two years, learning and growing as so many missionaries do.

Richard and Jeanene were married in the Manti Temple two weeks after his return from Uruguay. And five weeks after that, he was asked to join Admiral Hyman Rickover's staff developing nuclear energy for the Atomic Energy Commission, an especially prestigeous appointment. As he put together his staff organization, he was interested to note that the professor who had argued so strenously against the mission was now working for his former student... three levels below him, in fact.

Richard and Jeanene had seven children, five of whom survived to adulthood.

Richard followed in father in a career in government service and pursuing nuclear engineering. Churchwise, he served as a president of a Seventies Quorum and as a stake clerk. Plans for a quiet life as a government servant came to an end when in 1965 he was called to preside over the Argentina North Mission.

Eight years after his return from the mission field, Richard was called to be a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April of 1977. As a new General Authority, he served in a variety of callings,  until in October 1983, he was called to serve in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Scott was ordained an Apostle and took his position on the Quorum of the Twelve on October 1, 1988. He continues to serve at this writing.

    "New apostle called to fill vacancy," Church News Archives, Saturday, October 8, 1988
    Lawrence R. Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, p.547
    2002 Church Almanac, p.27
    "Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve," Ensign, November 1988, pp.101–2

Selected Discourses and Writings
Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete listing available free on the web of Richard G. Scott's talks and articles. Please email the Grampa if you note any busted links, errors, or if you are aware of any Richard G. Scott talks or articles not listed here but available on the web.

You will note that most are available only as text; some are available only in an audio (ASX, MP3, or WMA) format; while still others are available in both text and audio formats.

Note: Elder Scott was amember of the First Quorum of the Seventy when he delivered this address.
Ricks College Devotional
11 April 1978
Truth BYU Devotional, 13 June 1978 MP3
To the Lonely and Misunderstood BYU Devotional, 10 August 1982 MP3
Myths & Truths of College Life Ricks College Devotional
25 October 1983
Obedience Brings Blessings Ricks College Devotional
11 October 1988
Trust in the Lord
Note: This is Elder Scott's First General Conference address after being called to the Twelve.
General Conference, April, 1989  
Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer General Conference, October, 1989  
Finding the Way Back General Conference, April, 1990  
“Please Bless Him, Father” Friend, May, 1990  
The Fruits of Obedience BYU Fireside, 3 June 1990 MP3
Making the Right Decisions General Conference, April, 1991  
Obtaining Help from the Lord General Conference, October, 1991  
Make It Automatic New Era, January, 1992  
Be Obedient/Follow the Savior BYU Idaho Devotional
14 January 1992
Healing the Tragic Scars of Abuse General Conference, April, 1992  
Healing Your Damaged Life General Conference, October, 1992  
The Power of Correct Principles General Conference, April, 1993  
Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge BYU Devotional, 17 August 1993 MP3
Promptings of the Spirit Friend, February, 1994  
Try It! New Era, August, 1995  
Serious Questions, Serious Answers New Era, October, 1995  
Do What Is Right BYU Fireside, 3 March 1996 MP3
Agency and Choosing the Right Friend, January, 1997  
Set Fixed Standards To Live By BYU Idaho Devotional
11 March 1997
Finding Happiness BYU Devotional, 19 August 1997 MP3
Learning to Succeed in Life BYU Devotional, 15 September 1998 MP3
Receive the Temple Blessings General Conference, April, 1999  
Have No Regrets BYU Fireside, 12 September 1999 MP3
He Lives General Conference, October, 1999  
Basic Gospel Principles BYU Idaho Devotional
18 January 2000
The Sanctity of Womanhood General Conference, April, 2000  
Commencement Address BYU Graduation, 10 August 2000 MP3
The Path to Peace and Joy General Conference, October, 2000  
He Lives New Era, December, 2000  
To Acquire Knowledge and the Strength to Use It Wisely BYU Address, 23 January 2001 MP3
First Things First General Conference, April, 2001  
The Power of a Strong Testimony General Conference, October, 2001  
Making the Right Choices BYU Address, 13 January 2002 MP3
To Be Healed New Era, April, 2002  
Full Conversion Brings Happiness General Conference, April, 2002  
To Acquire Knowledge and the Strength to Use It Wisely Ensign, June, 2002  
To Be Free of Heavy Burdens General Conference, October, 2002  
The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing General Conference, April, 2003  
Special Witness: Heavenly Father’s Plan Friend, June, 2003  
Recognizing Answers to Prayer New Era, August, 2003  
Realize Your Full Potential General Conference, October, 2003  
Be One of the Greatest New Era, February, 2004  
To Live Well Amid Worldly Decay BYU Idaho Devotional
24 February 2004
How to Live Well amid Increasing Evil General Conference, April, 2004  
Teaching from the Heart Ensign, June, 2004  
Special Witness: Finding Joy Friend, August, 2004  
Peace of Conscience and Peace of Mind General Conference, October, 2004  
The Power of Preach My Gospel General Conference, April, 2005  
Making Hard Decisions New Era, June, 2005  
The Doctrinal Foundation of the Auxiliaries Ensign, August, 2005  
Truth Restored General Conference, October, 2005  
Now Is the Time to Serve a Mission! General Conference, April, 2006  
The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness General Conference, October, 2006  
Living Right Ensign, January, 2007  
Don’t Face the World Alone New Era, February, 2007  
Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer General Conference, April, 2007  
Special Witness Friend, April, 2007

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