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Earl C. Tingey

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Earl C. Tingey
First Quorum of the Seventy
January 1, 1991 (1991-01-01) – October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
August 15, 1996 (1996-08-15) – August 1, 2008 (2008-08-01)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
End reasonHonorably released
Emeritus General Authority
October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
Called byThomas S. Monson
Personal details
BornEarl Carr Tingey
(1934-06-11) June 11, 1934 (age 86)
Bountiful, Utah, United States

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Earl Carr Tingey (born June 11, 1934) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1991. From 2001 to 2008, he was the senior (presiding) president of the Quorums of the Seventy.[1]

Tingey was born in Bountiful, Utah, the oldest of ten children born to William W. Tingey and Sylvia Carr. He served as an LDS missionary to Australia from 1955 to 1957. Tingey married Joanne Wells in the St. George Temple on June 17, 1960. In 1961, Tingey graduated from the University of Utah with a law degree. He later obtained a Master of Laws degree from New York University. While living in New York City, Tingey served as an LDS bishop. During his legal career, Tingey worked as legal counsel for Bunker Ramo Corporation, New Jersey Zinc, Gulf Oil, and Kennecott Corporation.

In the early 1970s, Tingey returned to Australia to serve as president of the church's Australia Sydney Mission. After his return, he was called as a regional representative in 1980.

In January 1991, Tingey became a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. On August 15, 1996, he was called to the Presidency of the Seventy. In June 2001, Tingey became the longest-consecutive serving president of the Seventy, which made him the presiding president of the Seventy. Tingey was released from the Presidency of the Seventy on 1 August 2008. In October 2008, he was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and was designated an emeritus general authority.[2] He then served from 2008 to 2011 as president of the Washington D.C. Temple.

Tingey served for three years as president of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. For periods of time he has also been a member of the University of Utah Alumni Board and the National Advisory Board of the Utah Symphony.

Tingey is the author of The Atonement: Fulfilling God's Great Plan of Happiness.


  • Tingey, Earl C. (2000). The Atonement: Fulfilling God's Great Plan of Happiness. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book). ISBN 1-57345-566-0 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • ——. "Prophets—Pioneer and Modern Day," Ensign, May 2007, pp. 29–31.
  • ——. "The Quorums of the Seventy," Liahona, August 2005, pp. 48–50.
  • ——. "The Law of Tithing," Liahona, July 2002, pp. 10–12.
  • ——. "The Sabbath Day and Sunday Shopping," Ensign, May 1996, p. 10.
  • ——. "The Widows of Zion," Liahona, July 2000, p. 62.


  1. "Changes in Church leadership", Mormon Times, 2008-06-07.
  2. "The Sustaining of Church Officers", Liahona, November 2008.


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