Brent H. Nielson

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Brent H. Nielson
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Brent Hatch Nielson
(1954-12-08) December 8, 1954 (age 63)
Burley, Idaho, United States

Brent Hatch Nielson (born December 8, 1954) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2009.


Nielson was born in Burley, Idaho.[1] Nielson is a great-grandson of Horton D. Haight and a cousin to David B. Haight, who was a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As a young man he was a missionary for the LDS Church in Finland.

Nielson graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1978, and received a law degree from the University of Utah in 1981.[1]

He married Marcia Ann Bradford in the Salt Lake Temple in 1978 and they are the parents of six children.[1]

From 1985 to 2009, Nielson was a partner in Roy, Nielson, Barini-Garcia and Platts, a law firm in Twin Falls, Idaho. He specialized in workers compensation, bankruptcy, business and personal injury law.

LDS Church leadership[edit]

In the LDS Church, Nielson has served in many callings, including ward Young Men president, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency and as president of the Twin Falls Idaho West Stake. In April 2005, he became an area seventy in southern Idaho and a member of the church's Fifth Quorum of the Seventy.[2] In this position, he was involved with the planning and development of the church's Twin Falls Temple,[3] for which he served as committee coordinator.[4] In April 2009, he was called to full-time church service in First Quorum of the Seventy. As a general authority, he has been as a counselor in the church's Pacific Area, as well as a counselor and as president of the Philippines Area. Since August 2015, he has been serving as Executive Director of the church's Missionary Department.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Elder Brent H. Nielson," Liahona, May 2009, p. 135
  2. ^ "New area seventies". Church News. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News. April 16, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Twin Falls Idaho Temple". Archived from the original on 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Twin Falls Temple Times" (PDF). April–May 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  5. ^ Weaver, Sarah Jane (29 December 2015). "'A heavenly pattern' participating in family, Church councils". Deseret News. 

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