Donald L. Hallstrom

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Donald L. Hallstrom
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
Presidency of the Seventy
April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04) – August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)
Called byThomas S. Monson
End reasonHonorably released
Personal details
BornDonald Larry Hallstrom
(1949-07-27) July 27, 1949 (age 70)
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Spouse(s)Diane Clifton

Donald Larry Hallstrom (born July 27, 1949) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2000. From 2009 to 2017, he served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.


Hallstrom was born to James Emerson Hallstrom and Betty Jo (née Lambert) in and grew up in Honolulu.[1] As a young man he enjoyed several sports, including basketball and surfing. He served as a missionary of the LDS Church in the England Central Mission from 1969 to 1971. After his mission, he received a bachelor's degree in economics from Brigham Young University. Hallstrom owned and operated a Honolulu real estate appraisal company, the Hallstrom Group.

In 1972, Hallstrom married Diane Clifton, a native of Taber, Alberta, Canada and they are the parents of four children.

Hallstrom served on various boards, including the executive board of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Advisory Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the President's Roundtable of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He was also vice chairman of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., which manages the LDS Church's non-ecclesiastical real estate in Hawaii.

In the LDS Church, Hallstrom served as bishop of the Makiki Ward in Honolulu from 1980 to 1985 and as president of the Honolulu Hawaii Stake from 1985 to 1990. He then served as a regional representative from 1990 to 1995 and as an area seventy from 1995 to 2000. As a regional representative in Hawaii, Hallstrom alerted church leadership in Utah of the possibility that same-sex marriage could soon be legalized in the state and was a leader in the church's coalition to oppose legalization.[2][3]

Hallstrom was called as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 2000. Among other assignments, he has served in several area presidencies, including as a counselor in the church's North America Central Area, then as both a counselor and as president of the Asia Area. In 2004, Hallstrom was executive director of the church's Audiovisual Department.[4] Hallstrom became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in April 2009, filling a vacancy created by the call of Neil L. Andersen to the Quourm of the Twelve Apostles. In this capacity, he has had responsibility for the work of the church in the North America Northeast, North America Northwest, and North America West areas.[5] He was released from the Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2017. At that time in 2017, he began service as Executive Director of the church's Priesthood and Family Department (PFD).[6] During part of his time in the Presidency of the Seventy, Hallstrom served on the governing board of the Church Educational System (CES). With recent changes in the CES board, he now serves as an ex officio member, due to his role in PFD.[7]


  1. ^ "The Deseret News - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ "Church opposes same-sex marriages". Church News. March 4, 1995. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  3. ^ Compton, Laura. "From Amici to 'Ohana: The Hawaiian Roots of the Family Proclamation". Rational Faiths. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  4. ^ Walch, Ted (Oct 26, 2004). "Joseph Smith' filming proceeds at a fast clip". Deseret News. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  5. ^ Morgenegg, Ryan (12 November 2015). "Changes announced for Area Presidencies". Church News.
  6. ^ [1], Deseret News, 10 Aug 2017. Retrieved 10 Aug 2017.
  7. ^ Church Education: About CES Administration, Retrieved 26 August 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Deseret Morning News 2008 Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 45

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