William R. Walker

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William R. Walker
Second Quorum of the Seventy
6 April 2002 (2002-04-06) – 5 April 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
5 April 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born William Russell Walker
(1944-05-25) 25 May 1944 (age 70)
Raymond, Alberta, Canada

William Russell Walker (born 25 May 1944) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2002.

Walker was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. As a young man, he was a LDS Church missionary in Japan. After his mission, Walker was educated at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he met his future wife, Vicki Van Wagenen. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1968 and are the parents of five children.

Prior to becoming a general authority, Walker lived and worked in Vancouver, British Columbia; Salt Lake City; Concord, California; Dunwoody, Georgia; and Kenilworth, Illinois. Walker worked for American Express, Citibank, and Barclay's Bank and was a member of the board of directors of the Beneficial Financial Group.

In the LDS Church, Walker has served twice as a bishop and as president of the church's Japan Tokyo South Mission (1990–1993). In April 2002, while serving as a stake president, Walker became a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In April 2008, Walker became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. As a general authority, he served as president of the Asia North Area and has been Executive Director of the church's Temple Department since 2007.

In July 2012, Walker was interviewed by Barbara Walters as part of a 20/20 special series on heaven.[1]


  1. ^ "Inside One of the Holiest Rooms in Mormon Temple". ABC. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 


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