Elder Gerald N. Lund was born in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah, to Jewell and
Evelyn Lund on 12 September 1939. The family moved to Salt Lake City when he was a year old and later
to Murray, Utah, where he spent most of his growing-up years.
“God cheats no one and no one cheats God, my father always used to say. He also
often told us, ‘God is a rich paymaster.’ “We were raised on this philosophy,” said Elder Gerald N.
Lund, “and it still defines the way I feel about service. The more I try to thank God, the more He
seems to bless me, which in turn puts me deeper in His debt. You can never catch up with Him.”
When Gerald Lund returned from his missionary service, he had determined that he
would rather work than go to college.
“I went to work in the construction business. After spending one week cleaning
cement forms with a power brush, I realized this was not how I wanted to spend my life.”
He promptly enrolled in BYU, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees. He also did post-graduate study at Pepperdine University. His decision to go to college not
only changed his life but also resulted in many years of gospel influence for countless numbers of
In 1963 he married Retta Lynn Stanard, from Great Falls, Montana. They had seven
children. Sister Lund wa an accomplished musician and has published many of her arrangements. The
Lunds collaborated on several Christmas and Easter cantatas.
Gerald Lund started teaching seminary in Salt Lake City in 1965, and this was the
beginning of a 34-year career with the Church Educational System. In addition to his early years
teaching seminary, he taught institute, served as an institute director, worked as a curriculum writer,
and fulfilled a number of administrative assignments. He was also the author of many popular books and
articles, perhaps the best known of which is his best-selling The Work and the Glory series.
He retired from the Church Educational System after 34 years, serving in various
positions including seminary teacher, institute director, curriculum writer, and a number of
Elder Lund was serving as president of the Brigham Young University 14th Stake
when he was called as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. On April 6, President
Thomas S. Monson led the 172nd General Conference of the Church in the
sustaining. Shortly thereafter he was ordained and set apart. Prior to this calling, Elder Lund
served the Church as a full-time missionary, branch president, bishop and bishop's counselor. At the
time of his call to the Second Quorum of Seventy, Elder Lund was serving as president of the BYU 14th
In August 2003, in keeping with the then policy of The Seventy serving in Area
Presidencies, Elder Lund was assigned to serve as Second Counselor to Elder
Harold G. Hillam in the Europe West Area of the Church. He was released when the Area Presidencies
were disolved in 2003.
Elder Lund was released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy in October 2008.