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Jorge F. Zeballos

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Jorge F. Zeballos
First Quorum of the Seventy
5 April 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called byThomas S. Monson
Personal details
BornJorge Fernando Zeballos
(1955-07-19) 19 July 1955 (age 68)
Ovalle, Chile

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Jorge Fernando Zeballos (born 19 July 1955) has been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2008. He is the first Chilean to be a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and the second Chilean to serve as a general authority of the LDS Church (the first was Eduardo Ayala).

Zeballos was born in Ovalle, Chile. He joined the LDS Church when he was twelve and later served as a missionary for the church in Concepción.[1] Zeballos and his wife, Carmen Gloria Valenzuela, traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to marry in the São Paulo Brazil Temple.[1] They are the parents of five children.

Zeballos holds a degree in civil engineering from Federico Santa María Technical University and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

In his professional life, Zeballos worked as a manager of corporate affairs for a mining company. He managed corporate affairs for Minera Escondida, which was at that point the biggest copper-producing mine in the world. He also managed the church's physical facilities in Chile.

Zeballos has served in a number of assignments in the LDS Church, including bishop, high councilor, stake president, regional representative and area authority.

At the time of his call as a general authority, Zeballos was serving as president of the church's Chile Concepción South Mission. He served as a counselor in the presidency of the church's Chile Area from August 2008 to August 2012.[2][3] When the church consolidated the Chile Area into the South America South Area in 2012, Zeballos became a counselor in the South America South Area presidency. He served in that assignment from August 2012 to August 2015.[3][4] In April 2015 Zeballos became the second speaker to speak in Spanish at LDS General Conference.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area Authority in Chile", Ensign, March 1999, pp. 68–69.
  2. News of the Church, Ensign, August 2008, pp. 76-80; see especially pp. 77-78, which features the announcement specific to area leadership changes.
  3. 3.0 3.1 2012 Area Leadership Assignments, Church News, 5 May 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. Area Leadership Assignments, 2015, Deseret News, 2 May 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  5. "Elder Jorge F. Zeballos: If you will be responsible", Daily Universe


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