General Authorities and General Officers

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy

Elder L. Whitney Clayton was sustained as a General Authority 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 was named Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy on October 6, 2015. He assists Elder Dallin H. Oaks in supervising the Mexico Area and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in supervising the Middle East/Africa North Area. 

Elder Clayton served as a counselor in the South America South Area Presidency in 2002 to 2003 and as President from 2003 to 2006 while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously he served as an Area Seventy for the North America West Area for six years.

He has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in Peru, regional representative, counselor in a mission presidency, stake high councilor, bishop, stake mission president, and Gospel Doctrine teacher.

Elder Clayton earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Utah and a law degree at the University of the Pacific. He was an attorney in California, USA, from 1978 to 2001.

Elder Clayton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 24, 1950. He married Kathy Ann Kipp in August 1973. They are parents of seven children.

General conference talks

Choose to BelieveApril 2015 General Conference

Marriage: Watch and LearnApril 2013 General Conference

The Time Shall ComeOctober 2011 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


Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States