Earl C. Tingey

Earl C. Tingey

Earl Carr Tingey (born June 11, 1934) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1991. From 2001 to August 2008, he was the senior (presiding) president of the Quorums of the Seventy.

Tingey was born in Bountiful, Utah, the oldest of ten children born to William W. Tingey and Sylvia Carr. He served as a LDS missionary to Australia between 1955 and 1957. Tingey married Joanne Wells in the St. George Utah Temple on June 17, 1960. In 1961, Tingey graduated from the University of Utah with a law degree. He later obtained a Master of Laws degree from New York University. While living in New York City, Tingey served as an LDS bishop. During his legal career, Tingey worked as legal counsel for Bunker Ramo Corporation, New Jersey Zinc, Gulf Oil, and Kennecott Corporation.

In the early 1970s, Tingey returned to Australia to serve as the mission president in the church's Australia Sydney Mission. After his return, he was called as a regional representative of the Twelve in 1980.

In January 1991, Tingey was ordained a seventy and became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. On August 15, 1996, he was called as one of the seven presidents of the Seventy. In June 2001, Tingey became the longest-consecutive serving president of the Seventy, which made him the presiding president of the Seventy. Tingey was released from the Presidency of the Seventy on 1 August 2008 and was then assigned as the president of the Washington D.C. Temple. In October 2008, he was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and was given general authority emeritus status.

Tingey served for three years as president of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. For periods of time he has also been a member of the University of Utah Alumni Board and the National Advisory Board of the Utah Symphony.

Tingey has been a contributor to the church's magazines Ensign and Liahona and is the author of The Atonement: Fulfilling God's Great Plan of Happiness.

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