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Elder Andersen has been serving as a General Authority of the Church since 1993. In 1993 he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and in 2005 he was assigned to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Anderson was sustained as an Apostle on April 4, 2009.
Elder 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.
Elder Andersen 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, Anderson was president of the France Bordeaux Mission. In 1993, he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. 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 Presidency of the Seventy. In this capacity, he 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, overseeing the activities of the area seventies in this area.
Andersen married Kathy Sue Williams in 1975. The Andersens are the parents of four children.
- “Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy,” Ensign, May 1993, 98
- Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Neil L. Andersen
- "Neil L. Andersen" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
- To watch a press conference with Elder Neil L. Andersen soon after he was sustained an Apostle, click here.
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