Leader Biography

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 2000. At the time of his call, he was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area. He was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on April 4, 2009.

From 2005 to 2009, Elder Hallstrom was a member of the Asia Area Presidency, headquartered in Hong Kong, and concluded that service as the Area President. From 2000 to 2003, he was in the Asia North Area, residing in Tokyo, Japan, and also serving as the Area President. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of the Church Audiovisual Department and as a member of the Young Men General Presidency.

Elder Hallstrom graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. At the time of his call to full-time Church service in 2000, he was president of the Hallstrom Group, Inc., a real estate consulting organization based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has held various professional designations and certifications and also served as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Elder Hallstrom has served on various boards, including the executive board of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the President’s Roundtable of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He was also vice chairman of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., which manages nonecclesiastical Church real estate in Hawaii. Additionally, he also has served on the National Advisory Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Elder Hallstrom has served the Church as a full-time missionary in England, elders quorum president, stake high councilor, bishop, stake president, and regional representative. He was called as an Area Authority in 1995 and as an Area Seventy in 1997.

Elder Hallstrom was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 27, 1949. He married Diane Clifton in July 1972.  They are the parents of four children.

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