L. Whitney Clayton

L. Whitney Clayton

Emeritus General Authority

Elder L. Whitney Clayton was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2001. He served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2008 and was named Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy on October 6, 2015. He assisted Elder Quentin L. Cook in supervising the Mexico Area and Elder David A. Bednar in supervising the Middle East/Africa North Area. Elder Clayton was released and given emeritus status at the October 2020 general conference.

Elder Clayton served as a counselor in the South America South Area Presidency in 2002 to 2003 and as president from 2003 to 2006, while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously he served as an Area Seventy for the North America West Area for six years.

He has served in a number of Church callings, including a full-time missionary in Peru, as a regional representative, mission president’s counselor, stake high councilor, bishop, stake mission president and gospel doctrine teacher.

Elder Clayton earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Utah and a law degree at the University of the Pacific. He was an attorney in California, USA, from 1978 to 2001.

Elder Clayton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 24, 1950. He married Kathy Ann Kipp on August 9, 1973. They are parents of seven children.