O. Leslie Stone

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O. Leslie Stone
Photograph of O. Leslie Stone
Emeritus General Authority
October 4, 1980 (1980-10-04) – April 26, 1986 (1986-04-26)
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01) – October 4, 1980 (1980-10-04)
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 6, 1972 (1972-10-06) – October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
End reason Position abolished
Personal details
Born Oscar Leslie Stone
(1903-05-28)May 28, 1903
Chapin, Idaho, United States
Died April 26, 1986(1986-04-26) (aged 82)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Oscar Leslie Stone (May 28, 1903 – April 26, 1986) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1972 until his death. He was also the president of the LDS Church's Salt Lake Temple from 1968 to 1972.

Stone was born in Chapin, Teton County, Idaho. He was raised mainly in Driggs, Idaho. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah, in 1920. Following graduation, he went to work for a bank in Price, Utah. He then went back to Idaho to work in Blackfoot City Bank. He was also involved in selling Model Ts, and ran two dance halls. In 1924 he married Dorothy Cobbley, who had helped him become more involved in the LDS Church. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple. He then took a position as a partner in a store in Susanville, California along with his brother. Through expansion and merger, he ended up heading 75 stores and living in Portland, Oregon.

In 1931, Stone joined Safeway stores. He would advance up the ranks to being vice president and living and working out of Oakland, California. In 1946, Stone joined with M. B. Skaggs in forming Skaggs-Stone Wholesale Company.

In the LDS Church Stone served as bishop of the Oakland 5th Ward and president of the Oakland-Berkely Stake. He was head of the Oakland Regional Welfare Program and involved with coordination around the building of the Oakland Temple. In 1967 he became a regional representative. From 1968 to 1972 he served as the president of the Salt Lake Temple and then was called as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served in this position until 1976, when the church eliminated the position and Stone became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

In 1980, Stone was released from active duties and designated as an emeritus general authority. In 1986, he died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stone and his wife, Dorothy, had four sons. Two died fairly young. His son, Ronald V. Stone, served as president of the Argentina North Mission based in Cordoba, and their other son, Thomas R. Stone was president of the French Polynesia Mission.


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