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Elder Gary E. Stevenson To Speak at September 19 Devotional

| University Relations | Seluvaia 'Ita
Thursday, 24 August 2017
On September 19, 2017 the devotional message will be given by Elder Gary E. Stevenson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 
 
Born on August 6, 1955, to Evan N. and Vera Jean Stevenson, Elder Stevenson grew up in Utah’s Cache Valley in a family that came of pioneer stock. While a young man, he accepted a call to serve a mission to Japan. That assignment instilled in Elder Stevenson a dual love for Asia and for sharing the gospel that has lasted a lifetime.
 
After returning from his mission, he enrolled at Utah State University. It was there he met (and was immediately smitten by) Lesa Jean Higley. The two married in April 1979 in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. The Stevensons have four sons. While at Utah State, Elder Stevenson obtained a degree in business administration. He later cofounded and served as president of an exercise equipment manufacturing company.
 
He has served in a variety of Church callings, including counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, and president of the Japan Nagoya Mission (2004–07). He was called as a General Authority Seventy in 2008 and served as a counselor and president in the Asia North Area.
 
Elder Stevenson was named an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015.
 
At the time of his call, Elder Stevenson was serving as the Presiding Bishop of the Church since March 2012 and previously served in the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he was called in 2008.
 
His devotional will start at 11:00 AM in the Cannon Activities Center on Tuesday, September 19th.