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F. Michael Watson F. Michael Watson

1943 - living

  • Born 1943, Spring City, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth
  • Missionary to Northeast British Mission, 1962-1964
  • Married Jolene Mann, September 3, 1965, Salt Lake Temple; twelve children.
  • U.S. Army 1966-69, including Vietnam. Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal
  • Bachelor of Science degree in business/office administration; Utah State University in 1970.
  • Assistant Secretary to the Twelve; Secretary to the Twelve; Assistant Secretary to the First Presidency; Secretary to the First Presidency.
  • Elders Quorum President, Bishop, Stake President, and Sealer in the Bountiful Utah Temple
  • First Quorum of the Seventy, 2008-2013
  • Designated Emeritus General Authority-2013

    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 April 1986.

    "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 twelve children.

   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.

    Brief biographies of new leaders called to LDS Church hierarchy", Deseret Morning News, 2008-06-05
    "F. Michael Watson". Deseret News / 2008-07-12
    Church News, November 23, 1996
    "Elder F. Michael Watson," Liahona, May 2008, p. 139
    "General Authorities: Elder F. Michael Watson",

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