By Stephanie Abney
Just months after completing his service as a Mission President and returning to Arizona, Leonard D. Greer, has been called as an Area Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Forty-two new Area Seventies were announced during the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference on April 5, 2014. According to the Church’s website (LDS.org), “Area Seventies give part-time voluntary Church service within their assigned geographic areas and support area presidencies in international areas.”
Elder Greer’s assigned area will include Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.
He and his wife, Julie Neville Greer, both native Arizonians, are currently members of the Gilbert 6th Ward, Gilbert Arizona Highland West Stake. They are the parents of four grown children: Mary, Josh, Rob and Aubrey; and they have 11 grandchildren.
A graduate of Arizona State University, Elder Greer went on to receive his law degree from the University of Arizona. He is a partner in Raymond, Greer & Sassaman, P.C., a law practice that has served Arizona citizens for many years.
Known for his hard work, compassion and dedicated Church service, Elder Greer served a full-time LDS mission as a young elder in the Canada Toronto Mission during the mid-‘70s. Later, as a husband and father, he served as the Young Men’s president, bishop, a counselor in the stake presidency and then the stake president, a calling he held from 2005 to 2010. He also served as Mission Preparation Coordinator, a calling that helped him with his own mission preparation.
As Mission President of the Washington Kennewick Mission from 2010 to 2013, Elder Greer loved serving with Sister Greer and having her as his mission companion.
“I have been working hand in hand with my wife, Julie, for the past three years, teaching and testifying to missionaries, investigators and members. We have developed an incredible love for the Doctrine of Christ and look forward to continuing to teach and testify as we have been doing in the Northwest these past three years,” says Elder Greer.
The Greers say their Church service also has shown them how important mentoring can be. He says he had family members who were great mentors, as was his Mission President, M. Russell Ballard, now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Other priesthood leaders he has learned from are Elder David LeSueur (recently released as Area Seventy to serve as the Gilbert Temple President) and members of the Presidency of the Seventy, including Elders L. Whitney Clayton, Richard J. Maynes, Tad R. Callister and Craig C. Christensen.
When not doing Church service, Elder Greer enjoys spending time with his family. He loves the outdoors. Hunting fishing, trap and skeet shooting are favorite activities. During quiet moments indoors, he enjoys reading or writing.
After his name was announced in conference, one of Elder Greer’s granddaughters was so excited she began telling everyone, “Grandpa has been called to the ‘Second Quorum of the Twelve.’”