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Elder Rasband was born on February 6, 1951, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Rulon Hawkins Rasband and the former Verda Anderson. He attended Olympus High School and then the University of Utah. He left after a year to fulfill a mission call to the Eastern States Mission. After Elder Rasband returned from his mission and resumed his studies at the University of Utah, he met Melanie Twitchell. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 4, 1973. They have five children. Ronald became a Bishop and later a High Councilor while a student at the University. When he completed his education he went to work for Jon Huntsman, Sr.. Elder Rasband eventually became president and chief operating officer of Huntsman Chemical, which position he held until called into full-time service for the Church.
In 1996 Ronald Rasband accepted a call to serve as President of the New York, New York North Mission. He served with honor and distinction and might have thought of resuming his career with Huntsman upon being released in 1999. However, in the April 2000 general conference, Elder Ronald A. Rasband was given an indefinite call to serve full-time as a General Authority in the Church of Jesus Christ. He was ordained a Seventy and received into membership in the First Quorum of the Seventy.
While a member of the Seventy, Elder Rasband served as First Counselor in the Europe Central Area and President of the Utah Salt Lake City Area. He was Executive Director of the Temple Department when in August of 2005 he was called into the Presidency of the Seventy.
More on Elder Rasband
- The Ensign; May 2000; "News of the Church: Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Seventy"
- The Church News; April 29, 2000; "Youthful commitment made to his mother has lasted a lifetime" by Jason Swensen, staff writer.
- The Church News; April 8, 2000; "New Callings"
- The Ensign; Aug 2005; "News of the Church: Elder Andersen, Elder Rasband Called to the Presidency of the Seventy," p.76.