William R. Bradford

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William R. Bradford
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 3, 1975 (1975-10-03) – October 4, 2003 (2003-10-04)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
October 4, 2003 (2003-10-04)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Personal details
Born William Rawsel Bradford
(1933-10-25) October 25, 1933 (age 81)
Springville, Utah, United States

William Rawsel Bradford (born October 25, 1933) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1975.

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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.

From 2006 to 2009, Bradford served as president of the Houston Texas Temple.

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