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Charles A. Didier

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Charles A. Didier
First Quorum of the Seventy
3 October 1975 (1975-10-03) – 3 October 2009 (2009-10-03)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
15 August 1992 (1992-08-15) – 15 August 1995 (1995-08-15)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
End reasonHonorably released
Presidency of the Seventy
15 August 2001 (2001-08-15) – 15 August 2007 (2007-08-15)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
End reasonHonorably released
Emeritus General Authority
3 October 2009 (2009-10-03)
Called byThomas S. Monson
Personal details
BornCharles Amand Andre Didier
(1935-10-05) 5 October 1935 (age 83)
Brussels, Belgium
Spouse(s)Lucie Lodomez
Children2
ParentsAndré Didier
Gabrielle Colpaert

Charles Amand Andre Didier (born 5 October 1935) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1975. A native French speaker, Didier was the first European resident called as a general authority in the church's history. Some sources say he was the first general authority "appointed from outside the United States[1] although some previously general authorities such as N. Eldon Tanner were appointed from Canada.

Didier was born in Brussels, Belgium, the eldest son of André Didier and Gabrielle Colpaert. At age 22, Didier was baptized a member of the LDS Church in Brussels. Three months later, he received the Aaronic Priesthood and was ordained to the office of deacon. Nine months later he was ordained a teacher and after another four months, Didier became a priest. Two years after his baptism, Didier received the Melchizedek priesthood and was ordained to the office of elder.

Prior to his call as a general authority, Didier was president of the church's FranceSwitzerland Mission and a regional representative. In October 1975, LDS Church president Spencer W. Kimball called Didier to become a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, a full-time ecclesiastical position.

In 1984, when the church's first area presidencies were created, Didier was made president of the South America North Area, which included Brazil as well as the Spanish-speaking nations of South America from Peru north.[2]

On 15 August 1992, Didier became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. He served in this position until 15 August 1995, simultaneously serving as the general president of the church Sunday School program in 1994 and 1995. In 2001, he was again called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy. Until his second release from the Presidency of the Seventy in 2007, Didier's responsibilities included overseeing the church's operations in the North America Southwest Area. In 2007, Didier was assigned as president of the church's newly consolidated Brazil Area. Didier was designated as an emeritus general authority in the October 2009 general conference.

Didier is married to Lucie Lodomez and they are the parents of two children.

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  1. Craig L. Foster, "Charles Didier" in Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History p. 295-296
  2. "Area Presidencies Called as Church Modifies Geographical Administration," Ensign, August 1984, p. 75.

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