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Robert E. Wells

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Robert E. Wells
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01) – October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
Personal details
BornRobert Earl Wells
(1927-12-28) December 28, 1927 (age 93)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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Robert Earl Wells (born December 28, 1927) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1976.

Wells was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] He grew up in Logandale, Nevada. Following high school, Wells served in the United States Navy. Following an honorable discharge, he earned a degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He then served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Argentina.[2]

Soon after returning from Argentina, Wells married Meryl Leavitt and then four months later took a job with First National City Bank in South America. He lived in Paraguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.[2]

Meryl Wells died when the airplane she was piloting crashed in bad weather in Argentina on December 11, 1960. About two years later, he married Helen Walser.

From 1968 to 1971, Wells was president of the LDS Church's Mexico Monterrey Mission. From 1971 to 1976 he worked for the church's central purchasing department. By the end of this time he was head of the purchasing department.[3]

Prior to his call as a general authority, Wells had served as a regional representative in several Latin American countries. In 1976, he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and held this position until 1997, when he was designated an emeritus general authority. In February 1977, Wells took up residence in Santiago, Chile, as the church's area representative for Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.[4] From 1998 to 2001, Wells was president of the church's Santiago Chile Temple.[5]

Wells is the father of seven children, including Sharlene Wells, Miss America 1985.


  1. 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007), p. 92.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Elder Robert E. Wells of the First Quorum of the Seventy", Ensign, November 1976, pp. 138–39.
  3. Robert I. Eaton and Henry J. Eyring. I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring p. 278]
  4. "Elder Robert E. Wells Assigned to Chile as Area Representative," Ensign February 1977, p. 92.
  5. Santiago Chile LDS (Mormon) Temple Presidents, ldschurchtemples.com, accessed 2008-03-11.

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