News Release

Apostle Visits Australia and New Zealand

Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, are visiting Australia and New Zealand this week.

Elder and Sister Bednar are accompanied by Elder Lynn G. Robbins and Sister Jan Robbins on their visit to the South Pacific.

Elder Robbins is a member of the Presidency of The Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder and Sister Bednar, and Elder and Sister Robbins live in the United States but visit various parts of the world on assignment from the Church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder and Sister Bednar, and Elder and Sister Robbins are being hosted by the Pacific Area Presidency of the Church, Elder Kevin W. Pearson, Elder O. Vincent Haleck and Elder S. Gifford Nielsen.

While in Australia and New Zealand, the visiting leaders are meeting with members, missionaries and guests of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Bednar was ordained and set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 7 October 2004. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Bednar served as an Area Seventy, Area Authority Seventy, Regional Representative, twice as a stake president, and as a bishop.

Elder Bednar was born on 15 June 1952, in Oakland, California. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also received a doctoral degree in organizational behaviour from Purdue University.

After completing his education, Elder Bednar was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and at the University of Arkansas. He then served as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho (formerly Ricks College) from 1997-2004.

Elder Bednar married Susan Kae Robinson in the Salt Lake Temple on 20 March 1975, and they are the parents of three sons.

Elder Lynn G. Robbins, 61, was named to the Presidency of the Seventy 5 April 2014. He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on 1 April 2000, following three years in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He has served as president of the South America South Area, the Central America Area, and the North America West Area.  He has also served in the North America Central Area. Elder Robbins served a full-time mission in Argentina and has served as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission.

Lynn Grant Robbins was born on 27 October 1952, and raised in Springville, Utah.  He married Jan Nielson in 1974.  They are the parents of seven children and have fifteen grandchildren.




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