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Lance B. Wickman Lance B. (Bradley) Wickman

1940 - living

  • Born 1940 Seattle, Washington
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Missionary to Central British Mission 1961-1963
  • Married to Patricia Farr in Los Angeles Temple 1963; five children
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1994-2000
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 2000-2010
  • Named Emeritus General Authority 2010

    Few Latter-day Saints have their life's credo determined while sitting in the sanctuary of a protestant church. Elder Lance Bradley Wickman of the First Quorum of the Seventy did. At the age of eight, while in East Orange, New Jersey, his ward did not have a meetinghouse of its own. Instead, they used the building of another church. Above the pulpit hung a plaque inscribed with Joshua's immortal words, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve...; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Week after week, these words seemed to penetrate his soul and speak to his spirit. They became the standard by which he ordered his life.

    Lance B. Wickman was born November 11, 1940 in Seattle, Washington to Alton C. Wickman and his wife Irene Carlson. The family remained in Seattle until 1947 when they moved to East Orange for four years, subsequently moving to Glendale, California, where Lance spent his teen years. Speaking of his parents to a reporter for the Church News, Elder Wickman said, "My parents loved us, and my mother was always a great friend and exemplar of righteousness. My dad was always a man of principle. When I think about my dad, integrity is the word that first comes to mind. He taught me lessons of doing what's right no matter what, and that was the way he lived his life."

    Lance attended the University of California at Berkeley and was active in the LDS Institute of Religion and the university ward. He first met Patricia Farr at an Institute activity. The following day, arriving late for the first day of an Anthropology clas, the only seat available was down front... and right next to Patricia Farr. An acquaintanceship grew into a courtship which lasted through Lance's Junior year, in which he served as Class President. But he knew there were other obligations to be met before accepting the responsibility of marriage.

    In 1961, Lance accepted a call to serve as a full-time missionary to the Central British Mission. With a bit of fear, he left Patricia and Cal-Berkeley. Would she wait? In the mission home, the president's wife spoke to that very issue, promising the young missionaries that if they served the Lord with all their heart, He would not let them down but would provide the right girl for them... maybe not the one they left, but the right one. Thus reassured, Lance served an exemplary mission. He was honorably released and returned to Berkeley in 1963. Two days later he was engaged to Patricia Farr. On December 17, 1963 Lance and Patricia were married in the Los Angeles Temple. They would give birth to five children.

    The newlyweds resumed their academic careers and Lance graduated in 1964 with a bachelors degree in Political Science... and four years of ROTC. The ROTC earned him a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry of the United States Army. This, of course, was at a time when the conflict in Viet Nam was just getting started and in 1966, he was sent there as a platoon leader. In Viet Nam he learned that the arm of man is not sufficient unto salvation but that he must always trust in the Lord. He earned the Bronze Star in an incident when the armored personnel carrier in which he was riding was destroyed by a land mine.

    Having completed his military obligation, Lance returned to the States and returned to school, this time earning in 1972 a law degree from Stanford University at Palo Alto, California. With the law degee, he began a career in law in Glendale, California. He has also practiced law in Los Angeles, and San Diego.

    All has not been lightness and joy within the Wickman home. In 1974, their son Adam was stricken with Rey's Syndrome and died after being in a coma for four days. And their only daughter Courtney, born in 1979, suffers cerebral palsy and developmental disability. The trials, which could have destroyed lesser folk, instead pulled the family closer and made it stronger.

    In the Church, Lance has held numerous callings. In addition to his mission, he served as a Priesthood Group Leader while serving in southeast Asia with the Army. Back in the States, he has been a Bishop, a Stake President, and a Regional Representative of the Twelve. The Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Silver Beaver for service to that organization. In 1994, he was called into full-time service to the Lord as a General Authority, being ordained a Seventy and callwed to serve five years in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He served the term of his calling but instead of being released, in April of 2000 he was called to an indefinite term of service as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He continued to serve in the the First Quorum until October 2, 2010. On that date he was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy with a vote of appreciation from a grateful Church and named an emeritus General Authority.

    The Ensign; May 1994; "News of the Church: Elder Lance B. Wickman of the Seventy"
    Julie A. Dockstader, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," Church News; May 28, 1994
    The Ensign; May 2000; "News of the Church"
    Church News; April 8, 2000; "New Callings"

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