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LDS Church General Authority
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by Robert D. Hales
Start of term April 6, 1985 (aged 51)
End of term October 3, 1992 (aged 59)
End reason Honorably released
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Start of term October 3, 1992 (aged 59)
End of term April 1, 1995 (aged 61)
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term April 1, 1995 (aged 61)
End of term October 6, 2007 (aged 74)
End reason Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term October 6, 2007 (aged 74)
End of term January 27, 2008 (aged 74)
End reason Dissolution of First Presidency on death of Gordon B. Hinckley
First Counselor in the First Presidency
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Start of term February 3, 2008 (aged 74)

Henry Bennion Eyring (born May 31, 1933) is an American educational administrator and religious leader who is First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Eyring was the Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency from October 6, 2007 until Hinckley's death on January 27, 2008. On February 3, 2008, Eyring was called to be the First Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the First Presidency, serving with Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Eyring has also served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the presiding bishopric, First Quorum of the Seventy, and as Commissioner of Church Education of the LDS Church. Currently, he is the tenth most senior apostle among the ranks of the Church.


Eyring was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the second child of Henry Eyring, the dean of the graduate school at the University of Utah and president of the American Chemical Society, and his wife Mildred Bennion. His father's sister, Camilla Eyring, married Spencer W. Kimball, making Henry B. the nephew of Spencer W. Kimball.

Eyring lived in Princeton until his early teenage years when his father took a post at the University of Utah and the family moved to Salt Lake City.

He spent two years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Eyring received his B.S. in physics from the University of Utah. He went on to earn a Masters and Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School before embarking on a career in academia.

Eyring has served twice as Commissioner of Church Education, first from September 1980 to April 1985 and most recently from September 1992 to January 2005, when he was replaced by W. Rolfe Kerr.[1] Eyring was an associate professor of business at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 1962 to 1971.[2] He was also a Sloan Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eyring served as president of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977, as a counselor to Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales from 1985 to 1992, and as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy between 1992 and 1995.

Following the death of Church President Howard W. Hunter, Eyring was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the church on April 1, 1995 and ordained an apostle later that same week.

Eyring was sustained as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the church on October 6, 2007,[3] filling the vacancy left by the death of President James E. Faust on August 10, 2007. He was called as the First Counselor in the First Presidency of the church on February 3, 2008 when the First Presidency was reorganized following the death of Gordon B. Hinckley. The new First Presidency, with Thomas S. Monson as president, was announced on February 4, 2008. The new First Presidency was ordained and set apart the day before. [4]


Henry B. Eyring and his wife Kathleen Johnson have six children.

Published works

  • Eyring, Henry B. (2004). To Draw Closer to God: A Collection of Discourses. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 1-59038-322-2. 
  • Eyring, Henry B (2003). Go Forth to Serve. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 1-57008-946-9. 
  • Eyring, Henry B (2002). Because He First Loved Us. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 1-57008-924-8. 
  • Eyring, Henry B (1995). On Becoming a Disciple-Scholar: Lectures presented at the Brigham Young University Honors Program (Discipline and discipleship lecture series). Bookcraft. ISBN 1-57008-198-0. 
  • DBA Thesis (1963) Evaluation of planning models for research and development projects Harvard University United States -- Massachusetts. Retrieved March 12, 2009, from Dissertations & Theses: Full Text database.(Publication No. AAT 0202163)
  • Eyring,Henry B, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, US, (Aug 1968). Wise Advice for R and D.. PsycCRITIQUES Vol 13 (8) pp. 398, 400, Database:PsycINFO Electronic ISSN 1554-0138, accessed March 12 2009. 
  • Henry B Eyring, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, EM-13, no 4; 167-80. (1966 December). Some Sources of Uncertainty and Their Consequences in Engineering Design Projects. 

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Jeffrey R. Holland
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 1, 1995 – October 6, 2007
Succeeded by
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Academic offices
Preceded by
John L. Clarke
President of Ricks College
1971 – 1977
Succeeded by
Bruce C. Hafen

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