Leader Biography

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Elder L. Whitney Clayton was named Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy on October 6, 2015. He has served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2008 and assists Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in supervising the México Area and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in supervising the Middle East/Africa North Area. Elder Clayton was sustained as a General Authority Seventy on March 31, 2001.

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.  Previously he served as an Area Seventy for the North America West Area for six years.

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 in 1970-1971.

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 1981-2001.

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.


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