Jay E. Jensen

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Jay E. Jensen
Second Quorum of the Seventy
June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) – April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) – October 6, 2012 (2012-10-06)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
August 1, 2008 (2008-08-01) – August 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
End reason Honorably released
Emeritus General Authority
October 6, 2012 (2012-10-06)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Jay Edwin Jensen
(1942-02-05) February 5, 1942 (age 72)
Payson, Utah, United States
Spouse Lona Lee Child
Children 6

Jay Edwin Jensen (born February 5, 1942) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1992. He served as a member of the church's Presidency of the Seventy from 2008 to 2012.[1] Jensen was designated an emeritus general authority in the October 2012 general conference.

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Jensen was born in Payson, Utah and raised in Mapleton, Utah. From 1961 to 1963, Jensen served as a missionary in the Spanish-American mission, concentrating on teaching the gospel to Spanish-speakers in the southwestern United States. On the November 1, 1963 Jensen married Lona Lee Child in the Manti Temple and they are the parents of six children.

Jensen graduated with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Brigham Young University.[2] Jensen's bachelor's degree was in Spanish and History, his master's degree in LDS Church History and Doctrine, and his doctorate degree is in Education.

Jensen spent his professional career as a full-time employee of the LDS Church. He was the director of scripture coordination for the church's Curriculum Department at the time of his call as a general authority. He previously worked for the Church Educational System as a seminary teacher and director of curriculum. Jensen was also the director of training for the church's Missionary Department for a period of time.

Jensen has served in the LDS Church as a bishop, branch president, counselor in the Missionary Training Center presidency, and was president of the church's Colombia Cali Mission from 1975 to 1978.

Jensen was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1992 and transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1995. As a general authority, he has served in a number of area presidencies in Central and South America, as well as geographical areas covering parts of the United States and Canada. In 2004, Jensen and Lynn A. Mickelsen, also of the Seventy were appointed to supervise the formation and publication of a Spanish-language LDS edition of the Bible.[3] Jensen became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2008.[1] Jensen was released from the Presidency on August 1, 2012 and designated as an emeritus general authority during general conference in October 2012.[4]

In November 2013, Jensen began an anticipated three-year term as president of the church's Cochabamba Bolivia Temple.[5]

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