General Authorities and General Officers

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy

Elder L. Whitney Clayton was named the senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy on October 6, 2015.

Elder Clayton was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2001. He has served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2008 and had supervisory responsibility for the Utah North, Utah Salt Lake City, and Utah South Areas. He assisted Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in supervising the Africa Southeast and Africa West Areas. He also serves as a member of the Public Affairs Committee.

Elder Clayton served as a counselor in the South America South Area Presidency in 2002-2003 and as president during 2003-2006, while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He previously served as an Area Seventy for the North America West Area for six years.

Elder Clayton was a business litigation attorney with Call, Clayton & Jensen in Newport Beach, California, from 1981-2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Utah and a law degree at the University of the Pacific.

He has served the Church as a regional representative, mission president’s counselor, stake high councilor, bishop, stake mission president, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. He served as a full-time missionary in Peru from 1970 to 1971.

Elder Clayton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1950. He married Kathy Ann Kipp on August 9, 1973, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are parents of seven children and grandparents of eighteen grandchildren.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

Choose to BelieveApril 2015 General Conference

Marriage: Watch and LearnApril 2013 General Conference

The Time Shall ComeOctober 2011 General Conference

That Your Burdens May Be LightOctober 2009 General Conference

Blessed Are All the Pure in HeartOctober 2007 General Conference

“Help Thou Mine Unbelief”October 2001 General Conference

All General Conference talks by L. Whitney Clayton

Full Name L. Whitney Clayton

Born 1950

Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States