Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Mervyn Bennion Arnold was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2009, after serving in the Second Quorum of the Seventy since April 5, 2003. He is a former president of the Costa Rica San José Mission, counselor in a stake presidency, stake high councilor, bishop, elders' quorum president, and full-time missionary in the Northern Mexico Mission.

He is currently serving at Church headquarters. He previously served as Area President in the South America South Area in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has also served as Assistant Executive Director in Salt Lake City, in the Temple Department and on the Boundary and Leadership Change Committee, the President of the Brazil South Area, and as a counselor in the Brazil North and Brazil South Areas.

Before his call as a General Authority, Elder Arnold earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University. He founded and co-owned a building and development company. Later he expanded and was a co-founder of Guardian State Bank. After he retired, he became Director of Training and Field Services in the Missionary Department of the Church, where he was working when called as a General Authority.

Elder Arnold was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his wife, Devonna Kress Arnold, have six children.