- Born 1936 Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Baptized 1955
- Served in Spanish American Mission
- Married Rosalie Erekson 1966, Salt Lake Temple; six children
- Couselor to Bishop, Counselor to Stake President, Regional
- President of the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo West
- Second Quorum of the Seventy 1999-2006
This biographical sketch is adapted from the "News
of the Church: Elder David R. Stone: of the Seventy" in the Ensign
for May 1999 on the occasion of Elder Stone's call to the Second Quorum
of the Seventy.
Seeing the world has been a commonplace experience
for Elder David R. Stone, recently called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 16 June 1936, he grew up speaking English
at home and Spanish at
school. When he was 10, his parents divorced, and during his teen years
he lived in a boarding school and spent summers on a cattle ranch near
His mother, who was baptized in 1951, moved to Provo,
Utah, so that her children could attend Brigham Young University. David
was 18 when he arrived at BYU. On a visit to the health center, the doctor
happened to find out he had been investigating the Church and asked how
long. “For two or three years,” replied David. The doctor looked at him
and said, “If you don’t make decisions in time, time makes decisions for
you.” The words lodged in his mind, and David decided to pray for an answer.
He was baptized six weeks later.
Elder Stone served in the Spanish American Mission,
and after graduation from BYU, he went to work for Procter and Gamble in
Cincinnati, Ohio. On a visit home, he met Rosalie Erekson. On their first
date, both felt good about each other. Nine days later they became engaged
by telephone when he called Rosalie from Chicago between flights home.
They were married in February 1966 in the Salt Lake Temple.
In 1967 he became marketing manager for the Gillette
Company in Argentina. He stayed with the company for 16 years, during which
he and his wife had six children: Eric, born in New York; Angela, in Argentina;
Julie, in Peru; Carolyn, in Boston;
Michael, in Argentina; and Jonathan, in England. During these years
he served in six bishoprics in four countries. Other assignments included
serving on a stake high council, in a stake presidency, and as a regional
In 1986 he joined Black & Decker, retiring in
1994. In 1996 he and his wife were called to preside over the Dominican
Republic Santo Domingo West Mission. “My previous executive positions were
only preparation for my work as a mission
president,” said Elder Stone. “We have always been willing to do what
the Lord has asked us to do.”
In October 2006, Elder Stone was released from the Second Quorum and given a vote of thanks for his service by a grateful Church in General Conference Assembled.
"News of the Church: Elder David R. Stone...," Ensign, May 1999 (principal source)
"Well-traveled leader will 'go and do' what the Lord requires," Church News Archives, May 8, 1999
"Biography of Elder David R. Stone," Church News Archives, May 8, 1999
2005 Church Almanac, p.47
Thomas S. Monson, “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, p.23–24