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John B. Dickson John B. (Baird) Dickson

1943 - living
  • Born 1943 Tacoma, Washington
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a child; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Mexico 1962 (see text)
  • Married Deloris Jones 1966, Oakland California Temple; eight children
  • Called as President of Mexico City North Mission 1978
  • Second Quorum of Seventy 1992-1995
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1995-2013
  • Designated Emeritus General Authority 2013

This biographical sketch is largely adapted from "News of the Church: Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy" from the Ensign, August 1992, page 77 on the occasion of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
    The only way we can return to our heavenly home and ultimately reach perfection is in “total companionship with the Savior,” says Elder John Baird Dickson. “My great longing is to help others know him and come unto him.”

    Born in Tacoma, Washington, to John H. Dickson and Helen Baird on 12 July 1943, Elder Dickson moved with his family several years later to nearby Arlington, where his father worked in the timber industry and young John grew to appreciate hard work and nature.

    After receiving a mission call to Mexico in 1962, he learned he had bone cancer in his right arm. Doctors did not expect him to live more than a month.

    Strong family support and the comforting words his father gave him in a blessing sustained him. Ten months later, he left for his mission grateful that his life had been spared, though his arm had been amputated.

    What some may consider to be a handicap has never bothered him. “Losing my arm has proved to be one of the greater blessings in my life. I am more patient with other people because I have had to be patient with myself.”

    After his mission, he married Delores Jones in the Oakland Temple in 1966. Two years later, he graduated from Brigham Young University and joined a family sawmill operation in Washington.

    In 1978 Elder Dickson returned to Mexico to preside over the newly created Mexico City North Mission. For the last eight years, he had been president of the Mt. Vernon Washington Stake.

    His “most significant calling” is that of father to eight children (seven girls) and husband to “an angel from heaven.” He also places great importance on being an effective home teacher.

    Although he has helped point many souls to Christ, his longing to share the gospel is insatiable, his wife, Delores, says. “He loves everyone.”

    Elder Dickson calls himself “extremely ordinary,” but his capacity to love and serve is, by all accounts, extraordinary.

    Elder Dickson served in the Second Quorum until April 1, 1995 when he was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy. On October 5,2013, Elder Dickson was released from the First Quorum and designated an Emeritus General Authority. A grateful Church gave hime a vote of thanks for his services.

   "News of the Church: Elder John B. Dickson...," Ensign, Aug. 1992, p. 77 (principal source)
   "Four Sustained to New Seventy Callings," Church News Archives, Apr. 8, 1995
   Church News Archives, p.33

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