Walter F. González
|Walter F. González|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|31 March 2001|
|Presidency of the Seventy|
|6 October 2007– January 6, 2013|
|End reason||Released to become area president|
|Born||Walter Fermín González Núñez
18 November 1952
|Spouse(s)||Zulma Anahir Núñez|
González was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in a Roman Catholic family. He converted to the LDS Church in 1973. González married Zulma Anahir Núñez in 1975 and they are the parents of four children. They were later sealed in the Washington D.C. Temple.
González earned a law degree from the University of the Republic in Montevideo and later studied economics at the Universidad de las Fraternidades y Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also earned a business administration degree from Instituto CEMLAD in Ecuador and a distance learning degree from Indiana University.
González has previously served in the LDS Church as a high councilor, stake president, and regional representative. He was also president of the Ecuador Guayaquil Mission of the church from 1989 to 1991. During his tenure, the mission was divided, and González served until 1992 as the president of the Ecuador Guayaquil South Mission.
In 1995, González became an area authority and as an area seventy served as second counselor in the presidency of the church's South America North Area. In 2001, he became a general authority and a member of the First Quorum of Seventy. He served again as a counselor in the South America North Area, then later as a counselor and as president of the Brazil North Area, then as president of the South America West Area.
In October 2007, González became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, replacing Quentin L. Cook, who was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In this capacity, González was responsible for the work of the church in the North America Southeast Area.
On November 14, 2012, the church announced that, effective January 6, 2013, González would be released from the Presidency of the Seventy and become president of the South America South Area, succeeding Mervyn B. Arnold. González was succeeded in the Presidency of the Seventy by Ulisses Soares. He served in this assignment until August 2016, when he became president of the church's Caribbean Area.
- Her mother's surname is Núñez, just like his mother's.
- Jason Swenson, "New General Authority: Book of Mormon became teenager's 'priceless gospel seed'", Church News, April 28, 2001.
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- "New area assignments", Church News, July 4, 1998.
- LDS First Presidency announces changes in Area Leadership, Deseret News, 28 April 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
- "Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy," Ensign, May 2001, p. 105
- "New Presidency of the Seventy Sustained", News Release, 2007-10-06