William R. Bradford
|William R. Bradford|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|October 3, 1975– October 4, 2003|
|Called by||Spencer W. Kimball|
|End reason||Granted general authority emeritus status|
|Emeritus General Authority|
|October 4, 2003|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Born||William Rawsel Bradford
October 25, 1933
Springville, Utah, United States
Bradford was born in Springville, Utah, to Rawsel W. Bradford and Mary Waddoups. During the 1940s Bradford went to Hawaii as his parents served as missionaries in the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors Center. He graduated from Springville High School and then began studies at Brigham Young University. From 1953 to 1955, Bradford was a missionary for the LDS Church in Japan. He then married Mary Ann Bird, a native of Mapleton, Utah, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Bradford then served in the United States military. After this he moved to McAllen, Texas, and began a fruit-growing operation called International Fruit Growers and Shippers, Inc. Bradford later served as mission president in Santiago, Chile. In 1975, he became a general authority as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was a member of this quorum until 2003, when he was granted general authority emeritus status.
Bradford and his wife are the parents of six children.
- "Elder William R. Bradford of the First Quorum of the Seventy", Ensign, November 1975
- "New temple presidents", Church News July 1, 2006