Craig A. Cardon

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Craig A. Cardon
Second Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01) – March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
End reasonTransferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31) – October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
Called byThomas S. Monson
End reasonDesignated emeritus General Authority
Emeritus General Authority
October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
Called byRussell M. Nelson
Personal details
BornCraig Allen Cardon
(1948-12-30) December 30, 1948 (age 73)
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Craig Allen Cardon (born December 30, 1948) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2006.

Cardon was born in Mesa, Arizona. He studied accounting and received a bachelor's degree at Arizona State University. He later received a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his professional career he was self-employed with various business interests.

On April 1, 2006, Cardon was called as a member of the LDS Church's Second Quorum of the Seventy. From 2006 to 2011, he served first as a counselor and then as president of the church's Africa West Area. On March 31, 2012, he was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 2011, he was assigned as an Assistant Executive Director in the Priesthood Department and also assists in the supervision of two of the church's North American areas.

From 2012 to 2015, Cardon served as editor of the church's magazines (Liahona, Ensign, New Era, and The Friend). In 2015, Joseph W. Sitati succeeded him as editor, with Cardon becoming an adviser to the magazines, a role Sitati had been serving in. On October 6, 2018, Cardon was released and designated an emeritus general authority.[1][non-primary source needed]

Cardon's previous church service includes a full-time mission in the Italian Mission, president of the Italy Rome Mission (1983–86), stake president, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency and bishopric, elders quorum president, institute instructor, and Sunday School gospel doctrine teacher.

Cardon is married to Deborah Louise Dana and they have eight children.


  1. "Leadership Changes Announced at October 2018 General Conference: Seven General Authority Seventies released", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2018-10-06

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