John B. Dickson
|John B. Dickson|
|Second Quorum of the Seventy|
|June 6, 1992– April 1, 1995|
|End reason||Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 1, 1995– October 5, 2013|
|End reason||Designated an emeritus general authority|
|Born||John Baird Dickson
July 12, 1943
Tacoma, Washington, United States
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