General Authorities

Elder Ian S. Ardern

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Ian S. Ardern was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011, at age 57. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Pacific Area.

Elder Ardern received a bachelor's degree in education in 1982 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, in 1994. In 1981 he joined the Church Educational System as a teacher and later was principal of the Church College of New Zealand. In 2004 he became the Pacific Church Educational System area director and later worked as the institute director and seminary coordinator for the Church Educational System in New Zealand.

Elder Ardern has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in France and Belgium, stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop's counselor, bishop, stake president's counselor, president of the Fiji Suva Mission, and Area Seventy.

Ian Sidney Ardern was born in Te Aroha, New Zealand, on February 28, 1954. He married Paula Ann Judd in January, 1976. They are the parents of four children and have six grandchildren. Elder and Sister Ardern currently reside in Manila, Philippines.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

A Time to PrepareOctober 2011 General Conference

All General Conference talks by Ian S. Ardern

Full Name Ian S. Ardern

Born February 28, 1954

Place of Birth Te Aroha, New Zealand