Christoffel Golden Jr.

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Christoffel Golden Jr.
First Quorum of the Seventy
31 March 2001 (2001-03-31)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
Personal details
Born (1952-06-01) 1 June 1952 (age 70)
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Christoffel Golden Jr. (born 1 June 1952) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2001. Golden was the first resident of Africa to become a general authority of the LDS Church.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Golden joined the LDS Church in 1972. From 1977 to 1979 he was a missionary in the church's South African Mission. Following his missionary service, Golden earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Africa.

According to the official LDS Church website, "He is an experienced businessman, with background in banking, pharmaceuticals, and optical marketing. He graduated from the University of South Africa in Pretoria, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a post-graduate honors degree in international politics."[1]

Golden married Diane Norma Hulbert in 1981 and they are the parents of four children. Golden is an Afrikaner and is fluent in English and Afrikaans.

Prior to his call as a general authority, Golden served in the LDS Church as a bishop, stake president, and area seventy. Though he had served previously as a stake president, in 1995, the Roodepoort South Africa Stake was created, with Golden serving as the first president. He served in that capacity for three months, prior to his call as an area seventy. In addition to parts of South Africa, the stake included all the LDS Church units in Botswana at the time.[2] He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2001. Since becoming a general authority, Golden has served in the presidencies of the church's Africa West and Africa Southeast areas. In 2011, he was assigned to church headquarters in Salt Lake City, including service as Assistant Executive Director of the church's Curriculum Department. As of late 2016, Golden was serving as Executive Director of the church's Priesthood and Family Department.[3]

In 2018 the World Congress of Families, which the Southern Poverty Law Center described as an "anti-LGBT hate group", announced that Golden would be attending its annual event and addressing the attendees.[4][5]

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  1. "General Authorities: Elder Christoffel Golden Jr.", lds.org.
  2. Arnold K. Garr, et al, ed., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, p. 125 and LDS Church Almanac, 2010 Edition, p. 435
  3. Weaver, Sarah Jane (29 December 2015). "'A heavenly pattern' participating in family, Church councils". Church News.
  4. "Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families to gather in Moldova this week, reveals details at the last second". Southern Poverty Law Center. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. "IOF Weekly — Top Religious Leaders Heading for WCF XII in Moldova". International Organization for Families. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

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