Elder Merrill J. Bateman

Elder Merrill J. Bateman

Emeritus General Authority

Merrill Joseph Bateman (born June 19, 1936) has been a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1992, originally as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He is currently an Emeritus General Authority. From 2003 to 2007, Bateman was a member of the Church's Presidency of the Seventy.  He was president of Brigham Young University from January 1, 1996, until May 1, 2003, and was the Church's twelfth presiding bishop in 1994 and 1995. In 2003 and 2004, Elder Bateman was the general president of the Church's Sunday School organization. From 2007 to 2010, Bateman was president of the Provo Utah Temple.