Sheldon F. Child

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Sheldon F. Child
Second Quorum of the Seventy
April 6, 1996 (1996-04-06) – April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04) – October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Sheldon Fay Child
(1938-05-08) May 8, 1938 (age 75)
Ogden, Utah, United States

Sheldon Fay Child (born May 8, 1938) has been general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1996.

Child was born in Ogden, but raised on a farm in Syracuse, Utah. He married Joan Haacke in 1957 and they are the parents of six children. Shortly after his marriage, Child began working at RC Willey Home Furnishings, which then had under five employees. His brother, William Child, as the son-in-law of the original owner, was the owner. For a time, Child was president of R. C. Willey and the company had grown to seven stores by the time he retired.

In the LDS Church, Child has served as bishop of the Syracuse Second Ward and president of the Syracuse Utah Stake. From 1991 to 1994, Child served as president of the church's New York New York Mission. The mission was split in 1993, with Child remaining as president of the New York New York South Mission, which encompassed Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Manhattan, The Bronx, Westchester County, New York, southwest Connecticut and a few other counties in southern New York were made into the new New York New York North Mission, with Parley L. Howell as president. While Child was mission president, Brooklyn and Queens were in districts, so he had responsibility over all church members in those areas.

From 1995 to 1996 Child served as an area authority in the Utah North Area.

In 1996, Child became a general authority and member of the church's Second Quorum of the Seventy. Two years later, he transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy. At the time, he was serving as president of the church's Philippines/Micronesia Area.

In 2002, Child served on the inter-faith roundtable of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics.[1]

In 2004, Child was among those who accompanied Gordon B. Hinckley on a visit with Ghana's president, John Kufuor. From 2001 to 2006, Child was the president of the church's Africa West Area. In October 2008, Child was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and was given general authority emeritus status.[2] Child served as president of the church's Salt Lake Temple from 2008 to 2011.



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