Craig C. Christensen
|Craig C. Christensen|
|Second Quorum of the Seventy|
|October 5, 2002– April 5, 2008|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|End reason||Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 5, 2008|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|Presidency of the Seventy|
|August 1, 2012– August 1, 2018|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|Born||Craig Cloward Christensen|
March 18, 1956
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Spouse(s)||Debora Bliss Jones|
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Some use of "" in your query was not closed by a matching "".Some use of "" in your query was not closed by a matching "". Craig Cloward Christensen (born March 18, 1956) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2002 and was a member of the church's Presidency of the Seventy from 2012 to 2018.
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Christensen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Sheron Glen Christensen and Colleen Cloward. The family moved to Concord, California, when Christensen was 11 years old. He was an All-American football player in high school and went on to play center for Brigham Young University (BYU) — playing both before and after his two-year service in the Chile Santiago South Mission of the LDS Church, where William R. Bradford, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was his mission president.
Christensen was engaged to Debora Bliss Jones three weeks after returning from his mission in 1977, and the couple was married in the Salt Lake Temple three months later. They are the parents of four children.
After graduating with a degree in accounting from BYU in 1979, Christensen worked for an accounting firm in California for two years and then attended the University of Washington where he received an MBA. Christensen subsequently moved his family back to Utah, where he bought his first company in 1990. He worked as a real estate developer and franchised automobile dealer. He also taught business and religion classes at BYU.[not in citation given]
In the LDS Church, Christensen has served as a high councilor, bishop, temple ordinance worker, counselor in a MTC branch presidency, and area seventy. He served as president of the Mexico Mexico City East Mission from 1995 to 1998. He was called as a general authority on October 5, 2002, serving as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy until being transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2008. As a general authority, he has served as president of the church's Mexico South Area (2003–07) and in the Priesthood Department, including as Executive Director (2010–12). Christensen became a member of the church's seven-man Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2012.
In August 2018, Christensen became president of the LDS Church's Utah Area. During August 2018, he distributed a letter asking church members in Utah to oppose an initiative to legalize medical marijuana that will be on the November 2018 ballot.
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