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David E. Sorensen David E. (Eugene) Sorensen

1933 - 2014

  • Born 1933 Aurora, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Central Atlantic States 1954-1956
  • Married Verla Anderson 1958; seven children
  • President of Canada Halifax Mission
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1992-1995
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1995-2005
  • Presidency of the Seventy 1998-2005
  • Named Executive Director of the Temple Department
  • Named Emeritus General Authority 2005
  • Died 2014 San Juan Capistrano, California

    Elder David E. Sorensen of the Seventy, learned early the importance of listening to the counsel of Church leaders. He remembered his parents’ saving gas coupons during World War II so the family could travel from their farm in Aurora, Utah, to attend general conference in Salt Lake City.

    “My father used to say that when you go to conference you learn how to conduct your daily affairs, which is part of your religion,” Elder Sorensen recalled.

    Born 29 June 1933, Elder Sorensen said his family would pray for Church leaders three times a day. “Before every meal we would kneel around the table and pray. We always prayed for the First Presidency, the Twelve, and other Church leaders.”

    Elder Sorensen’s experience as president of the Canada Halifax Mission reinforced the importance of praying for the success of the Church and its leaders.

    “Before my wife and I left, we were given a blessing by Elder Neal A. Maxwell that if we worked, prayed, and diligently exercised faith, we would see the organization of a new stake in the area. A few weeks before we were released from our mission, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin organized the Saint John New Brunswick Stake,” he recalls.

    In addition to serving as a mission president, Elder Sorensen was a high councilor, a bishop, and a stake president. From 1954 to 1956, he served as a full-time missionary in the Central Atlantic States Mission.

    When Elder Sorensen returned from his mission, he was met with a draft notice. He served two years in the army and gained valuable leadership experience.

    He married Verla Anderson on 29 December 1958. They had seven children.

    As a businessman, Elder Sorensen was honored by the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management. While living in California, he began a health services company, North American Health Care, a hospital chain. And at the time of his call, he was vice chairman of Nevada Community Bank in Las Vegas.

    In August of 1992 Elder Sorensen was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He must have done well, for after serving with the Second Quorum of the Seventy less than three years, He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1995. He was called to serve as one of the seven Presidents of the Seventy August 15, 1998 and sustained thereto in the October General Conference. While a member of the Seventy, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Temple Department by Church President Gordon B. Hinckley.     In August of 2005 he was released from the Presidency of the Seventy and then on October 1, 2005 he was released from the First Quorum and named an Emeritus General Authority.

    Elder David E. Sorensen, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

   "News of the Church: Elder David E. Sorensen of the Seventy," The Ensign", September 1992, p.78
   "Four Sustained to New Seventy Callings," Church News Archives, April 8, 1995
   "Granted emeritus status," Church News Archives, Oct. 10, 1998
   "News of the Church: Elder Andersen, Elder Rasband Called to the Presidency of the Seventy," The Ensign", August 2005, p.76
   "New Leaders of the Seventy Sustained; Eleven General Authorities Released," Church News Release, Oct. 1, 2005
   "Elder David E. Sorensen, former executive director of LDS temple department, dies at 81," Tad Walsh, Deseret News, Aug. 28 2014

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