About Neil Linden Anderson
Neil Linden Andersen (born August 9, 1951) is the junior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was accepted by church membership as an apostle on 4 April 2009, during the church's General Conference. Andersen has been an LDS general authority since 1993 and was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from 2005 to 2009. Currently, he is the most junior apostle, being fifteenth in order of seniority in the ranks of the church.
Andersen was born in Logan, Utah and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. As a young man, he served in France as a missionary for the LDS Church. After his mission, he graduated from Brigham Young University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He later lived and worked in Tampa, Florida, where he was the vice president of the Morton Plant Health System. While in Tampa, Andersen served in the LDS Church as a stake president.
Andersen was president of the church's France Bordeaux Mission from 1989 to 1992. In 1993, he was called as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. As a general authority, he has been the executive director of the church's Audiovisual Department and assistant executive director of the Priesthood Department. He has also been in the presidencies of the church's Utah North, Utah South, North America Southwest, North America Northeast, and Europe West areas. He also served as president of the Brazil South Area. From 1997 to 2001, Andersen was a member of the general presidency of the church's Sunday School.
In 2005, Andersen became a member of the seven-man Presidency of the Seventy. In this capacity, he directed the affairs of the church in the Idaho Area and in 2006, he broke ground for the construction of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple. In 2007, Andersen was reassigned to preside over the North America Southwest Area. From August 2008 to April 2009, Andersen was the senior member of the seven-man presidency. On February 14, 2009, he broke ground for the construction of The Gila Valley Arizona Temple, located in the town of Central, Arizona.
In April 2009, Andersen was called by church president Thomas S. Monson to fill the vacancy created in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by the death of Joseph B. Wirthlin in December 2008.