Neil L. Andersen

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Mormon Apostle Elder Neil Linden Andersen
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. © 2009 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Neil Linden Andersen is a a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Andersen has been serving as a General Authority of the Church since 1993. On April 3 in 1993 he was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and in 2005 he was assigned to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Andersen was sustained as an Apostle on April 4, 2009.

Andersen was born in Logan, Utah, on August 9, 1951, and was raised in Pocatello, Idaho. As a young man, he served a full-time mission in France. After his mission, he graduated from Brigham Young University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He then moved to Tampa, Florida, his wife's hometown. He lived and worked in Tampa as the vice president of the Morton Plant Health System. In the Church, Andersen served as a member of a stake High Council. He also served as a counselor in a stake presidency, and as a stake president in Tampa. Between 1989 and 1992, Andersen was president of the France Bordeaux Mission.

As a General Authority, he has been the executive director of the Church's Audio-visual Department and assistant executive director of the Priesthood Department. He has also been in the presidencies of the Utah North, Utah South, North America Southwest, North America Northeast, and Europe West Areas of the Church. From 1997 to 2001, Andersen was a member of the Church's Sunday School general presidency.

While a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, he was president of the Idaho Area of the Church, where in 2006 he broke ground for the construction of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple. In 2007, Andersen was transferred to preside over the North America Southwest Area, overseeing the activities of the Area Seventies in this area. On February 14, 2009, he broke ground for the construction of The Gila Valley Arizona Temple, located in Central Arizona.

Andersen married Kathy Sue Williams in 1975. They are the parents of four children.

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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Jeffrey R. Holland | Dieter F. Uchtdorf | David A. Bednar | Quentin L. Cook | D. Todd Christofferson | Neil L. Andersen | Ronald A. Rasband | Gary E. Stevenson | Dale G. Renlund | Gerrit W. Gong | Ulisses Soares | Patrick Kearon