Enrique R. Falabella
|Enrique R. Falabella|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|31 March 2007|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Born||Enrique Rienzi Falabella
9 May 1950
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Enrique Rienzi Falabella (born 9 May 1950) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2007. He is the second native Guatemalan to serve as a general authority of the LDS Church, the first was Carlos H. Amado, beginning in 1989.
Falabella was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala to Udine Falabella and his wife, Leonor Arellano Falabella. Udine Falabella was a candy maker. Enrique's mother died when he was five years old. At the age of 12, Falabella and his family members converted to the LDS Church. In 1967, Falabella's father, Udine, became the LDS Church's first stake president in Guatemala. Udine Falabella had been remarried to Graciela Aguirre. Udine Falabella would later serve as a regional representative, stake patriarch and as president of the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple.
As a young adult, Falabella served as a Mormon missionary in the church's Central American Mission. In 1975, he married Blanca Lidia Sanchez in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They are the parents of five children.
Falabella earned a degree in agronomy from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and later earned a degree in marketing at the University of Costa Rica. Prior to his call as a general authority, he was employed by Bayer in Guatemala as an agronomical engineer.
In the LDS Church, Falabella has served as a bishop, stake president, regional representative, and area seventy. As an area seventy, he was president of the church's Central America Area and is one of two non-general authorities in church history to preside over an area of the church (the other being C. Scott Grow). He has also been a branch president at the Guatemala Missionary Training Center.
At the church's April 2007 general conference, Falabella was accepted by the church as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy. He served as a counselor in the church's Central America Area and served as president of the area from August 2011 to August 2012.