Toward the end of his mission in Seoul, Korea, Michael Tally Ringwood spent a day with an ill, apartment-bound companion, which provided an additional opportunity for study, reflection, and prayer.
“I felt that I needed reassurance,” says Elder Ringwood, now a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. After praying for as long as he had ever prayed, the reassurance hadn’t come. It didn’t come when he turned to scripture study either. But finally, when Elder Ringwood turned to his missionary journal, the confirmation came.
“In every entry I read, I had written something significant about the Spirit. The message that came to me was this: ‘I have told you many times. How much more assurance do you need?’ That was the answer to my prayer. I realized that these witnesses had happened repeatedly and often. The Lord had always been there. He was reminding me that I had felt the Spirit and the testifying of the Holy Ghost.”
That lesson has served Elder Ringwood throughout his life and callings as bishop, high councilor, high priests group leader, Young Men president, Scoutmaster, stake president, and president of the Korea Seoul West Mission.
Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Ringwood worked as an executive for several corporations. He has also served as a member of the Board of Advisers at the Brigham Young University School of Accountancy.
Elder Ringwood was born on February 14, 1958, in Provo, Utah, USA, to Howard Lee and Sharon Lee Ringwood. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended BYU, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting in 1983. He married Rosalie Nelson on December 27, 1982, in the Jordan River Utah Temple. They are the parents of five children.