Enrique R. Falabella

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Enrique Rienzi Falabella (born 9 May 1950) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since May 2007. He is the second native Guatemalan to serve as a general authority of the LDS Church.

Elder Falabella was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. His mother died when he was five years old. At the age of 12, Elder Falabella and his surviving family members converted to Mormonism. In 1967, Elder Falabella's father, Udine Falabella, became the first stake president in Guatemala.

As a young adult, Elder Falabella served as a missionary in the Central American Mission. In 1975, he married Blanca Lidia Sanchez in the Mesa Arizona Temple, which was then the closest temple to Guatemala.

Falabella earned a degree in agronomy from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and later he earned a degree in marketing at the University of Costa Rica. Prior to his call as a general authority, he was employed for Bayer in Guatemala as an agronomical engineer.

In the LDS Church, Falabella served as a bishop, stake president, regional representative of the Twelve, and as an area seventy. As an area seventy, he was the president of the Central American Area of the Church, and is one of only two non-general authorities in church history to preside over an area of the Church (the other is C. Scott Grow). He has also been a branch president at the Guatemalan Missionary Training Center.

At the April 2007 general conference of the LDS Church, Falabella was called and accepted by the Church as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy. He is currently the second counselor to Don R. Clarke in the presidency of the Central American Area of the Church.[1]

Falabella is the second native Guatemalan to become an LDS Church general authority; the first was Carlos H. Amado in 1992.

Falabella and his wife are the parents of five children.


  1. * “New Area Leadership Assignments,” Ensign, Aug. 2007, 76–77.


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