Jacob de Jager

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Jacob de Jager
Photograph of Jacob de Jager
First Quorum of the Seventy
3 April 1976 (1976-04-03) – 3 October 1993 (1993-10-03)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
3 October 1993 (1993-10-03) – 25 February 2004 (2004-02-25)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Personal details
Born (1923-01-16)16 January 1923
The Hague, Netherlands
Died 25 February 2004(2004-02-25) (aged 81)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Jacob de Jager (16 January 1923 – 25 February 2004) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was the first Dutch person to serve as a general authority. De Jager was born in the Netherlands and joined the church while living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His work took him to Australia, Indonesia, Mexico and Canada. His first calling in the church was hymnal coordinator which he filled honorably. He also served as elders quorum president, branch president, counselor to mission president and regional representative before his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 1993, de Jager was designated an emeritus general authority and he later served as bishop of a ward in central Salt Lake City.[1] He is one of few people to serve as a ward bishop after serving as a general authority. He died in 2004 of causes incident to age.

He married Bea Lim and they had two children. They were married in Indonesia and later, after joining the LDS Church, were sealed in the Bern Switzerland Temple. She died in March 2017.[2]


  1. ^ Church News, March 23, 1996, p. Z11
  2. ^ Obituary for Bea de Jager, Deseret News

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