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Neil L. Andersen
Full name Neil Linden Andersen
Born August 9, 1951 (1951-08-09) (age 58)
Place of birth Logan, Utah
LDS Church Apostle
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Ordained April 9, 2009 (aged 57)
Ordination reason Death of Joseph B. Wirthlin
LDS Church General Authority
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Start of term April 3, 1993 (aged 41)
End of term April 4, 2009 (aged 57)
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Presidency of the Seventy
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term August 15, 2005 (aged 54)
End of term April 4, 2009 (aged 57)
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Start of term April 4, 2009 (aged 57)

Neil Linden Andersen (born 9 August 1951) is the junior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was accepted by church membership as an apostle on 4 April 2009 during the April 2009 General Conference of the church. Andersen has been a general authority of the LDS Church since 1993 and was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from 2005 to 2009.[1]

Andersen was born in Logan, Utah and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. As a young man, he served in France as a LDS Church missionary. After his mission, he graduated from Brigham Young University and earned an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He lived and worked in Tampa, Florida, where he was the vice president of the Morton Plant Health System. In the church, Andersen was a stake president in Tampa.

Between 1989 and 1992, Andersen was president of the France Bordeaux Mission of the church. 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 Audiovisual 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-man 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 reassigned to preside over the North America Southwest Area. In this capacity, he oversaw the activities of the area seventies in this area. From August 2008 to April 2009, Andersen was the senior member of the seven-man presidency.

In April 2009 Andersen was called by church president Thomas S. Monson to fill a vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that was created in December 2008 by the death of Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Andersen married Kathy Sue Williams in 1975. The Andersens are the parents of four children and have eleven grandchildren.


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Preceded by
D. Todd Christofferson
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 4, 2009—
Succeeded by


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