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Gary Evan Stevenson was born to Evan and Jean Hall Stevenson on Aug. 6, 1955, and was raised in Logan, Utah. He was the second child and oldest son of four children. On Aug. 6, 2016, Elder Stevenson will celebrate his 61st birthday.

Growing up, Elder Stevenson had a variety of experiences that prepared him for church service: serving as a young missionary, attending college, starting a company and later serving as a mission president.

Elder Stevenson was named an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 3, 2015.

"At the time of his call, Elder Stevenson was serving as the Presiding Bishop of the Church since March 2012 and previously served in the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he was called in 2008," according to LDS.org.

The information in this quiz has been compiled from biographical articles written about Elder Stevenson, as well as talks he has given.

Question #1
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Elder Stevenson grew up in Cache Valley. He visited the widows in the ward with his father, who was the ward _________.

a. Elders quorum president
b. Music director
c. Bishop
d. Young Men president

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c. Bishop

Elder Stevenson has a deep love for the bishops of the church across the globe. This began when his father was his bishop during Elder Stevenson's youth.

On many occasions, Elder Stevenson’s father would invite him along to visit one of the more than 30 widows living in their ward. From his father, Elder Stevenson learned lessons about Christlike service and caring for those in need. Those lessons, he said, served him well in his calling as the Presiding Bishop of the church, according to LDS.org.

“The bishops of the Church are really my heroes,” he said. “Every single day they are having such an impact upon the members of the Church, particularly the children and young men and young women.”

Question #2
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Who told Elder Stevenson and his father, “You are never lost when you can see the temple?"

a. His 6-year-old son
b. The bishop of his childhood ward
c. His mother
d. A family ancestor in a journal

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a. His 6-year-old son

In his April 2009 general conference talk, Elder Stevenson recalled “a warm, sunny afternoon when spring was trying to nudge its way through a long winter in Cache Valley, Utah.” He told a story of when his father stopped by his home and offered to “go for a ride” with Elder Stevenson and his two sons.

“Always happy to ride in Grandpa’s truck, our 4- and 6-year-old sons scurried into the back jump seat, and I joined my father in the front. Our drive took us through the streets of downtown Logan, which wrap around the Logan Temple, prominently situated on a hill, centered beautifully in the city. As we moved further away from the city, we turned from paved, busy streets to seldom-used dirt roads, where we crossed old bridges and weaved through trees far into the country. We were far from any other traffic and all alone.

“Realizing his grandsons were in a place they had not been before, my father stopped the truck. “Do you think we are lost?” he asked the wide-eyed boys as they gazed out the windshield across the valley. Followed by a moment of silent assessment came the profound reply of a young child. ‘Look,’ he said, pointing his finger. ‘Grandpa, you are never lost when you can see the temple.’ Our eyes turned, focusing with his, seeing the sun glistening off the spires of the Logan Temple, far across the valley,” Elder Stevenson said.

Elder Stevenson referred to the temple as an “eternal guidepost” to help keep people from getting lost in the “mist of darkness.”

Question #3
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Where did Elder Stevenson meet his wife Lesa Jean Higley?

a. Family Home Evening at BYU
b. An Old Testament course at USU
c. Their mutual friend’s temple sealing
d. A mission reunion

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b. Old Testament Course at USU

Elder Stevenson met his wife, Lesa Jean Higley, in an Old Testament course at Utah State University. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple in April 1979 and have raised four sons since then.

"As a family, the Stevensons enjoy spending time together in the outdoors. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking and other outdoor activities are at the heart of every family gathering," reads a Mormon Newsroom article.

When he was asked how his new calling as an apostle would change his future plans, he said that his new role was an “extension of that commitment that was already in place. It’s what faithful members of the Church do. It changes plans, but we’re [each] part of the Lord’s plan.”

Elder and Sister Stevenson have been married for 37 years. According to Sister Stevenson, her husband would often quote Doctrine and Covenants 81:5, which says, “Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”

“That is the scripture he constantly quotes, and that’s how he has lived his life," she said.

Question #4
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Where does Elder Stevenson consider his “second home” to be?

a. Africa
b. Scotland
c. Salt Lake City
d. Asia

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d. Asia

More than nine years of Elder Stevenson’s life have been spent living in Asia. “It’s really my second home,” he said, according to Mormon Newsroom. “I’m very, very comfortable in Asia.”

He served in the Japan Fukuoka Mission when he was a young man, returned to Asia several times on business, served as a mission president of the Japan Nagoya Mission from 2004 to 2007, and as area president of the LDS Church’s Asia North Area from 2008 to 2012.

While Elder Stevenson was serving as the area president in Asia, an earthquake hit Japan, which was a ‘defining moment’ in his life because he had the opportunity to minister and bless others.

“We knew immediately that this portended to something really big somewhere on the island. To see the destruction, to see the loss of life, to walk the streets and see it and feel it and be with people who were affected with family members that were gone. And to be able to see a response and to help shape a response — that was a manifestation of the Church of Jesus Christ filling one of its divinely appointed responsibilities of caring for the poor and needy. If there were people that were needy, this was them. There was so much we learned about the goodness of humanity,” Elder Stevenson said in the article.

Question #5

What company was Elder Stevenson co-founder of?

a. ICON Health and Fitness, Inc.
b. 1-800-CONTACTS
c. USANA Health Sciences
d. Ancestry.com

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a. ICON Health and Fitness, Inc.

"Elder Stevenson’s business career grew out of his love for the people of Asia. When he returned home from his mission, he and two lifelong friends started importing gift accessories from Asia. This evolved into selling fitness products. Over the next three decades, their small business grew into a successful firm that employed over 2,500 people," read the June 2016 Ensign article written by Elder Robert D. Hales, "Elder Gary E. Stevenson: An Understanding Heart."

“Letting good principles absorb you in business is good for business,” Elder Stevenson said in the Ensign article. “Integrity, hard work, compassion, treating people with respect—and at the same time requiring accountability—are not precepts you talk about and practice only on Sundays. They are to be practiced every day of the week.”

Question #6
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In Elder Stevenson’s April 2014 general conference talk, who did he address it to specifically?

a. His daughters-in-law, and other young mothers
b. The elderly, specifically widows and widowers
c. Primary leaders and teachers
d. The youth and young adults

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d. The youth and young adults

The theme of Elder Stevenson's general conference talk, "Your Four Minutes," related to the Olympic games.

"I speak of these games this morning directing my thoughts to young men, young women, and young single adults—you who are in your critical years which set the course for your life. I feel a great sense of urgency in addressing you," he said.

In his talk, Elder Stevenson asked the youth, "Do you sense the urgency?"

"My young friends, wherever you are in your 'four-minute performance,' I urge you to ponder, 'What do I need to do next to ensure my medal?' Perhaps during this conference, the Spirit has whispered to you what that may be: to prepare more thoughtfully for an ordinance in your future or to receive an ordinance that you should have received a long time ago. Whatever it may be, do it now. Don’t wait. Your four minutes will pass quickly, and you’ll have eternity to think about what you did in this life," he said.

Question #7
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Who told Elder Stevenson that he looked young for his age?

a. Elder L. Tom Perry
b. President Gordon B. Hinckley
c. President Boyd K. Packer
d. President Thomas S. Monson

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d. President Thomas S. Monson

“And so it was on Tuesday morning of this week, just after 9:00 a.m. as the Bishopric was beginning a meeting with the Asia Area Presidency, who are here for conference, that I was called to meet with President Monson, along with his counselors.

“Moments later, as I walked into the boardroom adjacent to his office, I must have looked nervous sitting across the table, as he kindly spoke to calm my nerves. He commented, noting my age, that I seemed quite young and even looked younger than my age," Elder Stevenson said in his October 2015 general conference address.

After President Monson extended the call to Elder Stevenson, he instructed, “Bishop Stevenson, the Lord will qualify those whom He calls.”

“These soothing words of a prophet have been a source of peace, a calm in a storm of painful self-examination and tender feelings in the ensuing agonizing hours which have passed day and night since then,” Elder Stevenson continued.

Question #8
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When Elder Stevenson received a telephone call from the Office of the First Presidency, what did he think?

a. One of his counselors in the Presiding Bishopric was being called as an apostle.
b. He and his wife were being called on another mission.
c. He was being assigned to a new area.
d. He was getting assigned to speak in general conference.

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a. One of his counselors in the Presiding Bishopric was being called as an apostle.

According to Mormon Newsroom, "when then Presiding Bishop Gary E. Stevenson received a telephone call from the Office of the First Presidency on Tuesday morning, he thought, 'I knew it!' and was certain he was being informed that one of his counselors would be called to fill one of the vacancies in the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles."

What followed was “a knee-buckling moment for me,” he said. “It was a very sweet, short experience with the First Presidency. It was not something that I had expected.”

Question #9
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Where was Elder Stevenson’s youngest child when he was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles?

a. Attending college at Harvard University
b. Serving a mission in Taiwan
c. Serving in the military over seas
d. At a movie theater in Logan, UT

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b. Serving a mission in Taiwan

In his general conference address, "Plain and Precious Truths," Elder Stevenson said that his fourth son was serving as a a missionary, and had "special permission to stay up past missionary curfew and is viewing these proceedings live with his mission president and the mission president’s wife from their mission home in Taiwan."

In an expression of love for his children, he added,"I love each of them and love how they love the Savior and the gospel."

Question #10
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In his April 2016 talk, Elder Stevenson told a story about losing his keys while participating in a sport that he enjoys. Which sport was it?

a. Basketball
b. Skiing
c. Rock Climbing
d. Tennis

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b. Skiing

Two of Elder Stevenson’s favorite activities to do with his family are skiing and snowboarding. In the April 2016 session of general conference, he told a story of a skiing incident that related to the gospel:

“As the winter afternoon sun slid behind the expansive snow-covered ski hill, the freezing mountain air sharply bit our cheeks and noses, acting almost like a stern usher instructing us to find our cars and trucks in the ski resort parking lot. There in our comfortable cars, heaters would soon warm cold fingers and toes. The sound of the frozen snow crunching with each step we took confirmed that this was extreme cold.

“Our family had enjoyed a fun-filled day on the ski slopes, which was now coming to a frosty close. Arriving at the car, I reached in my coat pocket for the keys and then another pocket and another. “Where are the keys?” Everyone was anxiously waiting on the keys! The car battery was charged, and all the systems—including the heater—were ready to go, but without the keys, locked doors would deny entrance; without the keys, the engine would not provide power to the vehicle.”

Even in that situation, Elder Stevenson thought of a gospel principle that applied to his situation. “Even though the car had great potential, without keys, it could not perform its intended function,” he said in the talk. His heart was filled with gratitude for the restoration of priesthood authority and priesthood keys.

Question #11
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Since being called as an Apostle, which scripture has brought Elder Stevenson comfort?

a. Doctrine and Covenants 84:88
b. Jude 1:22
c. Alma 5:7
d. Matthew 25:42-46

Answer
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a. Doctrine and Covenants 84:88

Since he was called as an Apostle, Elder Stevenson has constantly received inspiration by and comfort from Doctrine and Covenants 84:88, “And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

That scripture “has been a pattern for the life of Elder Gary E. Stevenson,” according to a Mormon Newsroom article.