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Merrill J. Bateman Merrill J. (Joseph) Bateman

1936 - living
  • Born 1936 Lehi, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Marilyn Scholes 1959; Salt Lake Temple; seven children
  • Bishop, High Councilor, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • Second Quorum of Seventy 1992-1994
  • Presiding Bishop 1994-1995
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1995-2007
  • President of BYU 1996-2003
  • Presidency of the Seventy 2003-2007
  • Given Emeritus status October 6, 2007

There were several times in Elder Merrill J. Bateman’s life when developments that seemed rather ordinary led to later opportunities for service.

Some years ago, the Batemans were among several families that moved into a small English branch and lived there just long enough to help construct a new building and strengthen the branch through missionary and reactivation work. Earlier in his business career, there was a series of trips to Africa; these experiences proved useful after the revelation on the priesthood in 1978, when he was able to help with Church planning for growth in countries he had visited.

This time, however, the call he received was unmistakably clear.

While his extensive experience in international management could be helpful, he said the most important things he would need are faith in the Lord and commitment to his service. Those things Merrill Bateman offered without reservation.

“He’s an extremely dedicated person in whatever he’s doing,” said his wife, Marilyn.

His dedication to Church service was lifelong. Since his marriage, he served on seven high councils in different parts of the world. He was a bishop, a member of a district presidency, president of a Brigham Young University stake, and president of the Provo Utah Sharon East Stake. He was serving as a regional representative at the time of his call as a General Authority.

A management consultant, he was also president of two different companies. Previously, he had served in several different executive positions for the Mars candy company and as dean of the school of management at BYU. He had taught economics at both BYU and the United States Air Force Academy.

Elder Bateman was born in Lehi, Utah, on 19 June 1936 and grew up largely in American Fork, Utah. He married Marilyn Scholes on 23 March 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

Elder Bateman was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in June 1992, then called as Presiding Bishop in April 1994. In November 1995 he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy and appointed BYU president, which position he assumed on January 1,1996. In August 2003, he was released as President of BYU and called into the Presidency of the Seventy.

This service lasted until August 1, 2007, when he was released from the Presidency and from the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was given Emeritus Status in the 177th Semi-annual General Conference of the Church on Saturday October 6, 2007.
   "News of the Church: Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Seventy,” The Ensign, August 1992, p. 75
   2005 Church Almanac, p.30
   "2003 year in review," Church News Archives, December 27, 2003
   "Leadership Changes," Church News Archives, 9 June 2007
   "General Authorities released after long service," Church News Archives, 13 October 2007
Talks, Treatises, Sermons, and Discourses
   "Look Forward with an Eye of Faith" CES Fireside, BYU, March 5, 2007

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