John B. Dickson

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John B. Dickson
Second Quorum of the Seventy
June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) – April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
End reasonTransferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) – October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
End reasonDesignated an emeritus general authority
Personal details
BornJohn Baird Dickson
(1943-07-12) July 12, 1943 (age 75)
Tacoma, Washington, United States

John Baird Dickson (born July 12, 1943) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1992.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Dickson began service as an LDS missionary in Mexico in 1962. Before he departed he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right arm. He was not expected to live more than a month. However, 10 months later he left to serve his assigned mission having had his arm amputated.

In 1966, Dickson married Delores Jones. Two years later he graduated from Brigham Young University and joined the family sawmill business in Washington. He and his wife are the parents of eight children, one boy and seven girls.

Dickson was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in June 1992 after serving as a stake president in Mt. Vernon, Washington, for eight years. Prior to that he served as the first president of the church's Mexico City North Mission from 1978 to 1981. In April 1995, Dickson became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

As a general authority, Dickson served as Executive Director of the Audiovisual Department, Assistant Executive Director in the Priesthood and Missionary departments, and as president of the church's South America South, North America West, and Asia areas. After serving previously as a counselor in the same area, he was assigned in 2011 as president of the Africa West Area, where he served until August 2013. In October 2013, Dickson was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated as an emeritus general authority.


  • "Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy", Ensign: 77, August 1992
  • "Called to Serve", New Era: 14, July 1995

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