Paul B. Pieper
|Paul B. Pieper|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 2, 2005|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Born||Paul Bowen Pieper|
October 7, 1957
Pocatello, Idaho, United States
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Paul Bowen Pieper (born October 7, 1957) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2005. Pieper was the first leader of the LDS Church in Kazakhstan.
Pieper was born in Pocatello, Idaho. As a young man, he served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Mexico Monterrey Mission, where he became fluent in Spanish. He studied at Brigham Young University and received a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah. He is married to the former Melissa "Lisa" Tuttle of Salt Lake City. She is the daughter of general authority and educator A. Theodore Tuttle. They are the parents of six children.
In the late 1990s, Pieper and his family moved to Kazakhstan, where he learned to speak Russian while working for a law firm in international trade law. Pieper became the branch president and the first-ever leader of the LDS Church in Kazakhstan. By the end of 2003, the Piepers had assisted approximately 50 Kazakhstani people to be baptized into the LDS Church.
In 2004, Pieper was called to be president of the church's Russia St. Petersburg Mission. In April 2005, he was called as a general authority and member of the church's First Quorum of the Seventy. From 2005 to 2009, he served in the presidency of the church's Europe East Area. In this capacity, on June 23, 2007, Pieper presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the LDS Church's Kyiv Ukraine Temple.
From 2009 to 2012, he assisted in coordinating the church's Middle East/Africa North Area, administered from the church's headquarters. From 2011 to 2014, he continued service at the church's headquarters, as an executive director, first of the church's Curriculum Department, followed by the Priesthood Department, which includes stewardship for the church's auxiliary organizations. From August 2014 to August 2016 he served as a counselor in the church's Mexico Area. In June 2016, Pieper joined then-area president, Benjamín De Hoyos, and fellow counselor, Arnulfo Valenzuela, in signing and distributing a letter opposing a proposal to amend the Mexican constitution to allow same-sex marriage. Pieper also participated as the church's representative to the National Christian Union for Families, a multi-faith organization opposing same-sex marriage. He subsequently served as the Mexico Area's president from August 2016 to August 2018.
- "LDS First Presidency announces area leadership assignments", Church News, 2 May 2015.
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher (June 2, 2016). "Leaders urge Mexico's Mormons to fight against push for same-sex marriage". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher (September 29, 2016). "Support group for LGBT Mormons gains strength even as Mexico's Latter-day Saints fight gay marriage". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- "Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy," Liahona, May 2005, p. 124
- "Paul B. Pieper Biography," Church News, 2005-06-04
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