F. Melvin Hammond

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F. Melvin “Mel” Hammond is an emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989, and served in that quorum until April 3, 1993, when he was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was was designated emeritus General Authority on October 1, 2005. During his full-time service, he was a counselor to to Young Men general presidents, Jack H. Goaslind and Robert K. Dellenbach. He also served as general president of the organization.

From 2005 to 2008, Hammond served as president of the Washington D.C. Temple. He also presided over the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission from 1984 to 1987. He has served in the Church as a bishop, stake president, secretary to a regional representative, Sunday School teacher, and high priests group leader.

Hammond was born on December 19, 1933, in Blackfoot, Idaho. His father died when Hammond was nine months old. His widowed mother remarried when Hammond was five, and the family moved near Ashton, Idaho, and later Lima, Montana. He earned degrees from Ricks College and Brigham Young University. After teaching Seminary and Institute in Utah and Colorado, he taught religion at Ricks College and served as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives. He was House Minority Leader for three terms.

He and his wife, Bonnie, are the parents of six children.