Sheldon F. Child
|Sheldon F. Child|
|Second Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 6, 1996– April 4, 1998|
|End reason||Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 4, 1998– October 4, 2008|
|End reason||Granted general authority emeritus status|
|Emeritus General Authority|
|October 4, 2008|
|Born||Sheldon Fay Child
May 8, 1938
Ogden, Utah, United States
Child was born in Ogden, but raised on a farm in Syracuse, Utah. He married Joan Haacke in 1957 and they are the parents of six children. Shortly after his marriage, Child began working at RC Willey Home Furnishings, which then had under five employees. His brother, William Child, as the son-in-law of the founder, was the owner. For a time, Child was president of RC Willey and the company had grown to seven stores by the time he retired.
In the LDS Church, Child has served as bishop of the Syracuse Second Ward and president of the Syracuse Utah Stake. From 1991 to 1994, Child served as president of the church's New York City New York Mission. The mission was split in 1993, with Child remaining as president of the New York New York South Mission, which encompassed Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
In 1996, Child became a general authority and member of the church's Second Quorum of the Seventy. Two years later, he was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy. At the time, he was serving as president of the church's Philippines/Micronesia Area.
From 2001 to 2006, Child was the president of the church's Africa West Area. In this capacity, Child was among those who accompanied Gordon B. Hinckley when he visited with Ghana's president, John Kufuor, in 2004. In October 2008, Child was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and was designated an emeritus general authority. Child served as president of the church's Salt Lake Temple from 2008 to 2011.
- Manhattan, The Bronx, Westchester County, New York, southwest Connecticut and a few other counties in southern New York were made into the new New York New York North Mission, with Parley L. Howell as president.
- Excerpts - A World of Faith
- "The Sustaining of Church Officers", Liahona, November 2008.
- Church News, April 11, 1998;[full citation needed] January 17, 2004;[full citation needed] August 16, 2001;[full citation needed] May 4, 1996;[full citation needed] August 5, 1995.[full citation needed]
- 2005 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2004) pp. 31, 222, 485
- Scot and Maurine Proctor, "Laying the Cornerstone of the Temple in West Africa", Meridian Magazine, 2004
- "Elder Sheldon F. Child Of the Seventy," Ensign, May 1996, p. 102