An Apostle of Jesus Christ:
Elder Neil L. Andersen was named an apostle
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, April 4, 2009 during the morning session of General Conference
. Elder Andersen was called
to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left when Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
passed away the previous December.
As an apostle, Elder Andersen is a special witness of Jesus Christ
and, under the direction of the First Presidency, helps oversee the Church's administrative responsibilities worldwide.
Life of Neil L. Andersen:
Born in Logan, Utah on August 9, 1951, Neil Andersen was raised on a dairy farm in Pocatello, Idaho. As a young adult Elder Andersen served an LDS mission
to France from 1970 to 1972 and later married
his wife, Kathy Sue Williams, in the Salt Lake Temple
on March 20, 1975.
Elder Andersen graduated from both Brigham Young University and Harvard University. He also speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Quote by Elder Andersen:
In the Press Conference with Elder Neil L. Andersen
following the Conference session after his calling and sustaining he said, regarding being raised on a farm:
"I learned how to work hard. There's something about people whose hands are in the soil, that there's a common touch, a thing we can learn. I told someone once I spent half my life trying to get off the farm; I'm spending the second half trying to get back on the farm."
Talks by Elder Neil L. Andersen:
This is a list of excellent talks by Elder Andersen. The first is one that personally helped me once, during a difficult time of my life.
Timeline of Elder Andersen's Church Service:
- 04/04/09 - Ordained an Apostle
- 10/2005-04/2009 - Presidency of the Seventy
- 04/1993 - Named member of First Quorum of the Seventy
- 1989-1992 - Mission President of France Bordeaux Mission
- Stake President of Tampa Florida Stake
I know that Elder Neil L. Anderson was called of God
to be a living prophet
in these latter-days. By listening and following his words we will be led unto Christ.