Robert L. Simpson (Mormon)

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Robert L. Simpson
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Simpson in 1962, while First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Emeritus General Authority
September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30) – April 15, 2003 (2003-04-15)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01) – September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 6, 1972 (1972-04-06) – October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
Called by Joseph Fielding Smith
End reason Position abolished
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
September 30, 1961 (1961-09-30) – April 6, 1972 (1972-04-06)
Called by John H. Vandenburg
End reason Honorable release of John H. Vandenburg and his counselors
Personal details
Born Robert Leatham Simpson
(1915-08-08)August 8, 1915
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died April 15, 2003(2003-04-15) (aged 87)
St. George, Utah, United States

Robert Leatham Simpson (August 8, 1915 – April 15, 2003) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1961 until his death.

Simpson served as a missionary in the church's New Zealand Mission as a young adult. In the 1950s, Simpson returned to New Zealand as the mission president.

Simpson studied at Santa Monica City College. He also was trained in the Technical Training Communication program held at Yale University during World War II. Simpson and his wife, Jelaine Chandler, were the parents of three children.

Simpson became a general authority of the church in 1961 when he was asked to be the first counselor to Presiding Bishop John H. Vandenburg. Simpson served in this capacity until he and Vandenburg were released and made Assistants to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1972. In this position, Simpson was the managing director of LDS Social Services (now renamed LDS Family Services) from 1972 to 1974. In 1974, he became the head of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA.[1] In 1975, Simpson became the temporary president of the church's London Mission, replacing a president who became ill.[2] When the calling of Assistant to the Twelve was discontinued in 1976, Simpson was added to the First Quorum of the Seventy, where he served until 1989, when he was made an emeritus general authority and relieved of full-time church duties.

As a member of the Seventy, Simpson served at various times as managing director of the church's Temple Department, president of the Pacific Area, president of the Los Angeles California Temple, a member of the general presidency of the Young Men Organization, as president of the England London East Mission, and as general president of the Sunday School.

Simpson died in St. George, Utah.[3]

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Emeritus General Authority
September 30, 1989 – April 15, 2003
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1976 – September 30, 1989
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 6, 1972 – October 1, 1976
Preceded by
Hugh W. Pinnock
General President of the Sunday School
1986 – 1989
Succeeded by
Hugh W. Pinnock
Preceded by
Rex D. Pinegar
First Counselor in the Young Men's presidency
1985 – 1986
Succeeded by
Hartman Rector, Jr.
Preceded by
Thorpe B. Isaacson
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1952 – September 30, 1961
Succeeded by
H. Burke Peterson