O. Leslie Stone
O. Leslie Stone was a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was sustained as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 6, 1972, and served until the position was eliminated on October 1, 1976. He was then called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy where he served until October 4, 1980, when he was given emeritus status.
Stone was born on May 28, 1903, on a farm near Chapin, Idaho. His father went back to school to become a businessman and opened a mercantile business in Driggs, Idaho. When Stone was eight years old, he worked for his father running errands and sweeping floors.
After his graduation from Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah, he obtained a bank job in Price, Utah, but within a year, he moved back to Idaho where his father had acquired Blackfoot City Bank. He worked as a bookkeeper at the bank and did bookkeeping for other businesses. He also sold Model-T Fords and managed two dance halls.
After his marriage in 1924 to Dorothy Cobbley, he joined his brother as a partner in a store in Susanville, California. That store expanded eventually to thirty-two stores throughout Oregon and Washington. They merged with another company and Stone became a division manager of seventy-five stores. In 1931 he joined Safeway Stores and eventually became vice president. He then joined M. B. Skaggs as president and cofounder of Skaggs-Stone Wholesale Company. He resigned in 1963.
In 1967 he was called as a regional representative and served until he was named president of the Salt Lake Temple in 1968. He was serving as a regional representative again at the time of his call as a General Authority.
He died on April 26, 1986. The Stones were the parents of four sons.