Elder R. Conrad Schultz of the Second Quorum of the Seventy is a rarity, a USAmerican General Authority who was not raised in the Church. He was, however, raised in a God-fearing Christian home, a home in which he learned to pray at an early age. In an interview with the Church News (June 2, 2001) Elder Schultz commented, "I remember as a little boy, I always said my prayers. I've always known that there was a Heavenly Father."
Elder Schultz was born March 11, 1938 in North Bend, Oregon to Ralph Conrad Schultz and Dorothy Bushong. His great grandfathers were circuit preachers for a protestant denomination while his grandfather and father engaged in the logging industry. Indeed, from the age of fourteen Conrad spent his summers in the woods felling trees. "It was hard work," he says. "We would get up at 4:30 or 5 in the morning and ride what we called a 'crummy;' it was a bus-like thing, and we'd ride it almost two hours to where the work was and start about daylight and work until 4:30 p.m. and ride a couple hours back." But the woods were not all work. Many a trout found itself fighting the young Conrad Schultz.
Conrad's love of sports was not confined to the trout stream. He played basketball in high school. In fact, it was his love of basketball that brought about his introduction to the Church. Invited to play on a ward team, Conrad gratefully accepted, then found himself on a team which won the regional tournament and was invited to the All-Church Tournament in Salt Lake City. The teams atended a banquet in which the featured speaker was Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the Twelve. "I couldn't tell you to this day what he said, but I remember how it made me feel."
Returning home, Conrad contacted the missionaries and took the discussions. His habit of prayer from early childhood stood himself in good stead and he received an unshakeable testimony of the Gospel and the Church. He was baptized in January of 1956.
He attended BYU for two semesters before going on a mission of his own, being called to serve in the Gulf States Mission. He was in the mission field from 1958 to 1960. Upon his return from the mission field, he did not return to BYU but opted rather to attend school closer to home, selecting the University of Oregon from which he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science 1n 1962 and a Juris Doctorate in 1965.
While in college he resumed dating an acquaintace from his high school days. The relationship blossomed and he married Carolyn Lake in the Salt Lake Temple on June 12, 1961. The marriage has produced five children and nine grandchildren at this writing.
Armed with his academic credentials, Elder Schultz entered the practice of law, working for Thompson, Mumford, and Woolrich from 1965 to 1970. He then went into a partnership, doing business as Hill and Schultz from 1970 to 1988. He opened his own law firm, R. Conrad Schultz, which operated from 1988 to 1992 and was then reorganized as Schultz and Associates from 1992 to 1999.
After returning home from his mission, the Lord called Elder Schultz into a number of increasingly responsible positions including Stake Sunday School President, bishop, stake high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, counselor in a mission presidency, and as stake president. Then in 1999 he was called as the President of the Colorado Denver South Mission. He announced his retirement from his law firm and began full-time service to the Lord as a mission president.
But the Lord had yet more to lay upon His servant. Elder Schultz had completed but
two years of his call as a mission president when he was summoned to Salt Lake City to be ordained a
Seventy and sustained as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy as a General Authority. Elder
Schultz was released from the Second Quorum on October 6, 2007 at the 177th Semi-annual General
Conference of the Church. At the same time, it was announced that he and his wife had been called to
serve as President and Matron of the Portland Oregon Temple. They served there until their releases in 2010.