John M. Madsen

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John M. Madsen
Second Quorum of the Seventy
June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) – April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05) – October 3, 2009 (2009-10-03)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
October 3, 2009 (2009-10-03)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born John Max Madsen
(1939-04-24) April 24, 1939 (age 77)
Washington, D.C., United States

John Max Madsen (born April 24, 1939) is a general authority (high-level leader) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He has been a general authority since 1992.

Madsen had planned to go to dental school but instead became a seminary teacher and spent much of his career with the Church Educational System (CES). In 1968, Madsen was sent to England as the first seminary teacher to work there.[1] For a time, Madsen served as a CES coordinator in England.[2] He also served as an institute instructor and later as a religion professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Madsen got both his master's and Ed.D. from BYU. Madsen was later an LDS Church employee, serving in the Melchizedek Priesthood Department and other administrative roles. He was among the contributors to the 1992 Encyclopedia of Mormonism.[3]

Prior to his call as a general authority, Madsen served in the LDS Church as a regional representative and as president of the England Southwest Mission (1970 to 1973).[4] He also served as a member of the Young Men General Board and as a stake mission president.[5] In 1992, Madsen became a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In 1997 he was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

As a general authority, Madsen's assignments included serving as president of the church's Mexico North Area, and in the presidency of the North America West, North America Northwest, Philippines, and Australia/New Zealand areas.[6] He also served in the general presidency of the church's Young Men organization,[7] having also served as a member of the organization's general board earlier in his life.[8]

Madsen was designated as an emeritus general authority at the church's October 2009 general conference.[9]


  1. ^ Toone, Trent (March 15, 2014). "LDS Church History Symposium presenter tells of Global Pioneers in Church Education". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. 
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Anne C. (October 1988). "Taking Root". New Era. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "Hope of Israel". Brigham Young University. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Southern Virginia University bio of Madsen
  5. ^ "England Bristol Mission Alumni Database". Retrieved June 23, 2014.  Includes notice that Madsen's included bio was copyrighted in 1996 by "LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.", which are owned by the LDS Church.
  6. ^ "New Area Presidencies". Ensign. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. August 1996. pp. 71–73. 
  7. ^ "The Sustaining of Church Officers". Ensign. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. November 2001. p. 21. 
  8. ^ Avant, Gerry (August 22, 1992). "Answered inner call: 'work with youth'". Church News. Deseret News. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Scott Taylor (October 4, 2009). "LDS counseled to avoid anger: Pres. Monson tells priesthood holders to keep feelings in check". Deseret News. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. p. A-1. 


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