Neil Linden Andersen is a a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often misnamed the “Mormon Church”). Previous to his calling as an Apostle on April 4, 2009, he had been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1993 and a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2005.
Brother Andersen was born in Logan, Utah, on 9 August 1951, and was raised in Pocatello, Idaho. As a young man, he served a mission in France. After his mission, he graduated from Brigham Young University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brother Andersen then moved to Tampa, Florida, with his family. He lived and worked in Tampa, Florida, where he was the vice president of the Mortan Plant Health System. As far as church service, Andersen was member of a high council, counselor in a stake presidency, and a stake president in Tampa.
Between 1989 and 1992, Anderson was president of the France Bordeaux Mission. In 1993, he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. 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 general presidency of the church’s Sunday School.
In 2005, Andersen became a member of the seven-member Presidency of the Seventy. In this capacity, he has acted as 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. In this capacity, he oversees the activities of the area seventies in this area.
Andersen married Kathy Sue Williams in 1975. The Andersens are the parents of four children.
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