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William Rolf Kerr W.(illiam) Rolfe Kerr


1935 - living


  • Born 1935 Tremonton, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a child; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Britain
  • Married Janeil Raybold 1960, Logan Utah Temple; six children
  • Counselor to Bishop, Stake President, Sunday School General Board
  • President of Texas Dallas Mission 1993-1996
  • Second Quorum of Seventy 1996-1997
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1997-2007
  • Named General Authority Emeritus 6 October 2007

    This biographical sketch is adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Wm. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy" in the Ensign for May 1996 on the occasion of Elder Kerr's call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
    Involvement in service comes naturally for Elder Wm. Rolfe Kerr. Service to the Church and community is something he learned from deeply committed parents, he explained, and the desire to serve is a legacy he would like to leave to his children.

    “My nature is to be very involved,” he said. But in considering the import and challenges of his new calling, he turned to the word overwhelmed—and then repeated it: “I am overwhelmed with the respect that I have for the Brethren and aware of so much that I have to learn.”

    He made his career in the field of learning, in administrative positions at Utah State University (USU), Weber State College (now a university), the University of Utah, Dixie College (he was president), and Brigham Young University. He was Utah’s commissioner of higher education when called as a mission president in 1993. He continued as president of the Texas Dallas Mission until July.

    Born in Tremonton, Utah, 29 June 1935, Rolfe Kerr grew up on a farm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from USU, intending to spend his life farming—until he was offered a position as coordinator of student activities at USU after his military service. He later received a master’s degree in marriage and family relations and a doctorate in education.

    After serving in the British Mission, he met Janeil Raybold at USU. They were married 15 September 1960 in the Logan Temple. The Kerrs had six children.

    Elder Kerr was a stake president and also served in bishoprics and on the Sunday School General Board. For two years in the 1960s, he was involved in helping organize the Latter-day Saint Student Association.

    Elder Kerr said he is grateful for experiences that have brought “a love of the Savior and an abiding testimony of the gospel. These will be at the base of anything I am able to do in the future.”


    Elder Kerr was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 5, 1997. On October 6, 2007, a grateful Church assembled in the 177th Semi-annual General Conference, gave him a vote of appreciation as he was released from the First Quorum and named General Authority Emeritus. He retained his position as Commissioner of Church Education.

Bibliography
   "News of the Church: Elder Wm. Rolfe Kerr...," Ensign, May 1996 (principal source
   "First Quorum of the Seventy: Four sustained...," Church News Archives April 12, 1997
   "General Authorities released after long service," Church News Archives, October 13, 2007
   2005 Church Almanac, p.36

Talks, Treatises, Sermons, and Discourses
   "Withstand Every Temptation of the Devil" CES Fireside, BYU, February 5, 2006

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