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Robert J. Whetten Robert J. (Jay) Whetten


1943 - living


  • Born 1943 Chuichupa, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Raquel López 1968, Mesa Arizona Temple; eight children
  • Bishop, High Councilor, Counselor in Stake Mission Presidency
  • President of Parguay Asunción Mission 1996-1999
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1998-2006

     This biograpical sketch is adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Robert J. Whetten of the Seventy" in the Ensign for May 1998.
    It was a privilege to grow up immersed in two cultures and two languages, says Elder Robert Jay Whetten, newly called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Born in the LDS colonies in northern Mexico on 12 April 1943 and educated in Church schools there, he grew up loving Spanish and English, both the history and culture of Mexico and the U.S.

    It was a blessing, then, for him to find a wife, Raquel López, who was also born in Mexico but grew up largely in the United States with a similar love of the two languages and cultures. They were married on 17 December 1966 in the Arizona Temple and have eight children.

    They agreed that they would enjoy living abroad, so when he finished a master’s degree at Brigham Young University, he accepted a job with an international banking company. For several years they lived in various locations in Mexico and South America. After he left the company, they lived in El Paso, Texas, where he was involved in consulting, electronics manufacturing, and banking again. He was president of Norwest bank in El Paso when he was called in 1996 to preside over the Paraguay Asunción Mission.

    Both his career moves and Church service (he has been a bishop, high councilor, and counselor in a stake mission presidency) have brought opportunities for growth, Elder Whetten says gratefully. This new calling offers the opportunity to dedicate to the Lord “all that we have and are.”

    His wife is excited about the opportunity to support and serve with him in his new calling. He says, “We love the Lord, love the work, and are willing to do all that we’re asked to do in building the kingdom.”

    “I look back on my life and realize I have been given experiences and blessings that are special,” Elder Whetten says. He hopes to draw from them lessons that will benefit those he is called to serve.

    “Many of life’s greatest lessons are learned through prayer,” he says, citing Moroni 7:48: “Pray unto the Father with all energy of heart, that ye may be filled with love.”

    “Life is fleeting,” he explains, so “we should be diligently involved every day in becoming more Christlike in our service to others.”


    In October 2006, Elder Whetten was given an honorable release from the Second Quorum and extended a vote of thanks from a grateful Chuch in General Conference assembled.

Bibliography
    "News of the Church: Elder Robert J. Whetten...," Ensign, May 1998 (principal source)
    John L. Hart, " His character formed at young age, as he knelt in family prayer," Church News Archives, July 4, 1998
    2005 Church Almanac, p.48
    Thomas S. Monson, “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, p.23–24

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