Carl B. Pratt
|Carl B. Pratt|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 5, 1997– October 1, 2011|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|End reason||Granted general authority emeritus status|
|Emeritus General Authority|
|October 1, 2011|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|Born||Carl Barton Pratt
October 30, 1941
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Pratt was born in Monterrey, Mexico to Mormon parents. His family later moved to Colonia Dublán. In 1947, the family moved to Lehi, Arizona. From 1961 to 1963 Pratt served a church mission in Argentina. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Arizona State University.
In 1968, Pratt baptized Karen Ann Yeoman, who he had known for several years. She was a graduate of Arizona State who had taken institute classes there with Rhett James. In 1969, Pratt married Yeoman in the Mesa Arizona Temple and they are the parents of eight children.
In 1971 and 1972 Pratt was a law clerk for David Thomas Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Pratt worked for the Salt Lake City law firm of Kirton and McConkie. In this position, he worked as an attorney for the LDS Church. He was employed as general counsel for the church in the South America North Area of the church at the time of his call as a general authority.
From 1985 to 1988 Pratt served as a regional representative in Ecuador. From July 1988 to July 1991 he served as president of the church's Spain Seville Mission. From 1995 to 1997, Pratt was an area seventy. In 1997, he was called as a member of the church's First Quorum of the Seventy.
On October 1, 2011, Pratt was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated as an emeritus general authority at the LDS Church's semi-annual general conference. He later served as president of the Mexico Missionary Training Center, where he oversaw its relocation and expansion in the summer of 2013.
- "Elder Carl B. Pratt Of the Seventy", Ensign, May 1997, p. 102
- John L. Hart, "Elder Pratt follows five generations of family footsteps", Church News, April 19, 1997. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "New mission presidents", Church News, March 26, 1988. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- 2005 Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 2004) p. 50