Elder Brent H. Nielson was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2009, at age 54. He had been serving as an Area Seventy in the
Idaho Area prior to his call as a General Authority. He served as a counselor in the Area Presidency in the Pacific Area of the Church from 2009 to 2011. Following his service there, he served as a counselor in the Philippines Area Presidency from 2011-2013, and as President of the Philippines Area from 2013-2014. He is currently Assistant Executive Director of the Missionary Department. Elder Nielson attended Brigham Young University and in 1978 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1981 he received a Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Utah. He practiced law in Twin Falls, Idaho for 29 years. Elder Nielson has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in Finland, ward young men president, bishop, high councilor, stake president’s counselor,
stake president, and area seventy. Brent Hatch Nielson was born in Burley, Idaho on December 8, 1954. He married Marcia Ann Bradford in 1978 and they are the parents of 6 children. They have 15 grandchildren.