The longest-lived general authority in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Joseph Anderson, will observe his 99th birthday Sunday.

Elder Anderson, a general authority emeritus since 1978, served six years as an assistant to the Council of Twelve and two years as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.Beginning in 1922, he served as personal secretary to President Heber J. Grant. He then served until 1970 as secretary to the First Presidency during the administrations of Presidents George Albert Smith, David O. McKay and Joseph Fielding Smith.

A widower, Elder Anderson has two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and is exceptionally fit, attending weekly meetings of the general authorities regularly.