Gary E. Stevenson

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Gary E. Stevenson
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
Called byThomas S. Monson
LDS Church Apostle
October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)
Called byThomas S. Monson
ReasonDeaths of L. Tom Perry, Boyd K. Packer, and Richard G. Scott
Presiding Bishop
March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31) – October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)
PredecessorH. David Burton
SuccessorGérald Caussé
End reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05) – March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
End reasonCalled to be Presiding Bishop
Personal details
BornGary Evan Stevenson
(1955-08-06) August 6, 1955 (age 65)
Ogden, Utah, United States
Alma materUtah State University (B.S.)
Spouse(s)Lesa Jean Higley Married: April 20, 1979

Gary Evan Stevenson (born August 6, 1955) is an American religious leader and former businessman who is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He served previously as the church's Presiding Bishop and was the fourteenth man to serve in that position. He has been a general authority of the church since 2008. Stevenson was appointed to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October 2015. Currently, he is the twelfth most senior apostle in the church.[1]

Stevenson was born in Ogden, Utah, and was raised primarily in the state's Cache Valley area.[2][3] Stevenson was an LDS Church missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission in the mid-1970s.[4] After this, he attended the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University (USU).

Prior to his call as a general authority, Stevenson worked as the chief operating officer of ICON Health & Fitness. He has also served on the Marriott School of Management National Advisory Council and the Utah State University Foundation Board.[5]

LDS Church service[edit]

In the LDS Church, Stevenson has served as a bishop and a counselor in a stake presidency. He served as president of the Japan Nagoya Mission from 2004 to 2007.

Stevenson became a member of the LDS Church's First Quorum of the Seventy at the April 2008 general conference. During his time in the Seventy, Stevenson served both as a counselor and as president of the church's Asia North Area, based in Tokyo, Japan. On March 31, 2012, he was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and sustained as the church's Presiding Bishop. Stevenson was released as presiding bishop six days after he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve and was succeeded by Gérald Caussé.[6]

In October 2015, he was sustained as an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve. As an apostle, he is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer and revelator. He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve along with Ronald A. Rasband and Dale G. Renlund, filling vacancies created by the 2015 deaths of L. Tom Perry, Boyd K. Packer and Richard G. Scott. This was the first time since 1906 that three new apostles were sustained. They are the 98th, 99th and 100th members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the church's history. Stevenson is currently assigned over the church's southeast Africa area, comprising the countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar and Seychelles.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Stevenson married Lesa Jean Higley in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple and have four sons.[4] He met his wife while attending USU.

Additional reading[edit]


  1. ^ Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all ordained apostles (including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Seniority is determined by date of ordination, not by age or other factors. If two apostles are ordained on the same day, the older of the two is typically ordained first. See Succession to the presidency and Heath, Steven H. (Summer 1987). "Notes on Apostolic Succession" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 20 (2): 44–56..
  2. ^ "Elder Gary E. Stevenson: A Life of Constancy and Service", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2015-10-03
  3. ^ Moulton, Kristen. "About new Mormon apostle Gary E. Stevenson". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Elder Gary E. Stevenson", Liahona, November 2015.
  5. ^ reports, staff. "Valley man called to LDS >Seventy?". The Herald Journal. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ "New Presiding Bishopric Announced : Bishop Gérald Caussé is 15th presiding bishop in Church's history", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2015-10-09
  7. ^ Murungi, Paul. "Gospel begins at home". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Three Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: 100 apostles have now served since Church was organized", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2015-10-03

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Ronald A. Rasband
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 3, 2015 –
Succeeded by
Dale G. Renlund
Preceded by
H. David Burton
Presiding Bishop
March 31, 2012 – October 9, 2015
Succeeded by
Gérald Caussé