Devotional

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
BYU-Idaho Center Auditorium
Event Type
Devotionals and Speeches
Department
Community Relations And Events


Elder Joe J. Christensen
Emeritus Member, First Quorum of the Seventy
Former President of Ricks College 

Elder Joe J. Christensen has served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy (1989-1999). He served in the Presidency of the Seventy for more than six years.

At the time of his call as a general authority, he was serving as President of Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho).

When he became emeritus in 1999, he and Sister Christensen were called to serve as President and Matron of the San Diego Temple.

Elder Christensen fulfilled his military obligation serving as an officer in the United States Air Force and received his PhD degree from Washington State University.

He was associated with the Church Educational System for more than 30 years and served as Associate Commissioner of Education, responsible for the administration of the world-wide program of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Elder Christensen has been director of several institutes of religion adjacent to various universities including the University of Utah.

He has served as president of the Mexico City Mission, and for four years, as president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, during which time more than 58,000 missionaries came for their preliminary training.

Just recently called and ordained as a stake patriarch, he is the author of numerous published articles and of four books on Gospel themes.

Joe married Barbara Kohler of Midway, Utah, and they are the parents of six children-three sons and three daughters. They  have 28 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

 

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