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Elder Lynn G. Robbins: Call to Presidency of the Seventy

By Sarah Jane Weaver

LDS Church News

Published: Monday, April 14 2014 3:30 p.m. MDT

Elder Lynn G. Robbins and Sister Jan N. Robbins pose for a photo in Salt Lake City, Monday, April 7, 2014.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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Since being called as a General Authority in April of 1997, Elder Lynn G. Robbins has enjoyed the “sweet blessing of becoming acquainted with saints all over the world.”

“You feel an immediate bond with people wherever you go,” he said. “It is immediate.”

Elder Robbins hopes to continue to meet Latter-day Saints across the globe while serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Lynn Grant Robbins was born Oct. 27, 1952, in Payson, Utah, to Joshua Grant and Evelyn R. Robbins. He spent his early life in Springville, Utah — where he met Jan Nielson, whom he had known since both were children. They married June 27, 1974, in the Manti Utah Temple and are the parents of seven children; they have 15 grandchildren.

Elder Robbins received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and political science from Utah State University and an MBA in world business from American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Ariz. Before being called to serve as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission, Elder Robbins was the co-founder and former senior vice president of Franklin Quest.

His family loved Uruguay and considered it the “perfect mission” for them. The youngest of his children was in first grade; the oldest was serving his own full-time mission.

Elder Robbins was still serving as a mission president when he received his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He served in the presidency of the North America Central Area. Three years later he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He has served as president of the Central America Area, the North America West Area, and the South America South Area.

A great blessing of this service was returning to Argentina — where he served as a full-time missionary years earlier.

While in Argentina as a young elder, he served in Jujuy, an area with one branch. When he returned to the area years, he found a stake of the Church with a dozen units.

“You see that all over the world,” he said. “This is a day of miracles.”

sarah@desnews.com