F. Michael Watson

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F. Michael Watson
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05) – October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
End reason Designated an emeritus general authority
Personal details
Born Frank Michael Watson
(1943-03-09) March 9, 1943 (age 75)
Spring City, Utah, United States

Frank Michael Watson (born March 9, 1943) served as the secretary to the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1986[1] until his call as a general authority of the LDS Church in 2008.

Watson was born in Spring City, Utah. He received a bachelor's degree in business and office administration from Utah State University. He was in the United States Army for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals.

Prior to employment as secretary to the First Presidency, Watson served as assistant secretary to the First Presidency (1972–86),[2] and as both assistant secretary and secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1970–72).

Watson has served as president of the church's Bountiful Utah South Stake[3] and a temple sealer in the Bountiful Utah Temple.

In April 2008, Watson was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church.[1] He previously served as a counselor in the church's Africa Southeast Area and in 2011 was appointed as a counselor in the Pacific Area, based in Auckland, New Zealand, where he served until August 2013. In October 2013, Watson was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated as an emeritus general authority.

Watson (far chair) with First Presidency while meeting with George W. Bush, August 31, 2006 in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Watson is married to Jolene Mann and they are the parents of 12 children.


  1. ^ a b "Brief biographies of new leaders called to LDS Church hierarchy", Deseret Morning News, 2008-06-05.
  2. ^ "F. Michael Watson". Church News. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  3. ^ "New stake presidencies", Church News, November 23, 1996.


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