Elder Frank Michael Watson was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the
Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008, at age 65. At the
time of his call, he was Secretary to the First Presidency. He has served in the Area Presidency
of the Africa Southeast Area and is currently serving in the Pacific Area Presidency.
During the years 1966-1969, Elder Watson
served his country in the military, one year of which was in the Republic of South Vietnam. While in
the Army, he earned both the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.
He received a bachelor of science degree in business/office administration from Utah State University
in 1970. After graduation, he worked as the Assistant Secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve and
subsequently as Secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve. In 1972, he was called to serve as the
Assistant Secretary to the First Presidency. He became the Secretary to the First Presidency in
"What I have seen in that personal, day-to-day interaction through the years
has only increased my testimony," he said. "There is no question in my mind that God lives, Jesus
is the Christ, and whomever He has called is His prophet for that time."
Elder Watson has served in a number of Church callings, including as a
full-time missionary in England, branch president, elders quorum president, stake mission
president, bishop, stake president, and sealer in the Bountiful Utah Temple.
Frank Michael Watson was born in Spring City, Utah, on March 9, 1943.
He married Jolene Mann on September 3, 1965, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of
On October 5,2013, Elder Watson was released from the First Quorum and
designated an Emeritus General Authority. A grateful Church gave hime a unanimous vote
of thanks for his services.