Leader Biography

Elder Walter F. Gonzalez

Elder Walter F. González was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 31 March 2001. He had previously served in the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy, beginning in April 1997 and as an Area Authority in the South America North Area since 15 August 1995.


He is currently serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and has supervisory responsibility for the North America Southeast Area. Elder González has previously served as president of the South America West Area, president of the Brazil North Area, first counselor in the Brazil North Area Presidency, and first counselor in the South America North Area Presidency.

He earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree at Indiana University and a technician’s certificate in business administration at CEMLAD Institute. His professional career led him to be director of the Church Educational System for the South America North Area.

Prior to taking that position, he was a Church Education System employee in several South American countries.

Since joining the Church at age 18, Elder González has served in numerous callings including stake president, president of the Guayaquil Ecuador South Mission (1989-1992), area public affairs director and Regional Representative.

Walter Fermin González was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on 18 November 1952. He married Zulma Anahir in 1975. They are parents of four children and currently enjoy five grandchildren.

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