About Richard Gordon Scott
Wikipedia Biographical Summary:
"...Richard Gordon Scott (born November 7, 1928) is an American nuclear engineer and a current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Currently, he is the seventh most senior apostle among the ranks of the church..."
"...Richard G. Scott was born on November 7, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Kenneth Leroy Scott and Mary Eliza Whittle. At age five, the family moved to Washington DC, where his father worked in the Department of Agriculture. His father was not a member of the LDS Church at the time, and his mother was marginally active until the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture of the time, church apostle Ezra Taft Benson, named Kenneth Scott as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of Dwight D Eisenhower. Benson's influence led to his father's conversion and the reactivation of his mother. In 1988, as church president, Benson would later call Richard Scott to become an apostle of the church..."
"...Scott graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. At the time, he was dating Jeanene Watkins, the daughter of a senator from Utah. When she categorically stated that she would only marry a returned missionary in an LDS Church temple, Scott's career plans changed and he applied for missionary service. He was assigned to serve in the Montevideo Uruguay Mission of the church. Jeanene graduated in sociology and left the day after graduation for a mission to the northwestern United States. After they both completed their missionary service, they married in the Manti Utah Temple..."
"...The Scotts had seven children with five reaching adulthood. Their first son died after an operation to correct a congenital heart condition. Their second daughter lived only minutes and died just 6 weeks before the death of their first son. Jeanene Watkins Scott died on May 15, 1995 after a short battle with cancer..."
"...cott has had extensive experience in church service and in leadership roles. His ability to speak Spanish has aided him in many different callings. Apart from his 31 month mission to Uruguay, he served as a stake clerk and as a counselor in a stake presidency before he was called to preside over the Argentina North Mission in 1965, where he stayed until 1969. He then served as a regional representative of the Twelve in the Uruguay, Paraguay, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C areas. He was called as a general authority in April 1977 to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 1983 he was called to the Presidency of the Seventy and on October 1, 1988 he was called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles after the death of the quorum president Marion G. Romney..."
SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Richard G. Scott', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 December 2011, 13:52 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_G._Scott&oldid=465814823> [accessed 3 February 2012]