Elder Evan A. Schmutz was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016. At the time of his call, he had been serving in the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area. He is currently serving as a member of the Philippines Area Presidency.
Elder Schmutz received a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1979 and a juris doctorate in 1982, both from Brigham Young University. He began his professional career in 1982, working with several prominent law firms in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 1992 until 2011 he was a founding partner of Hill, Johnson, and Schmutz. In 2011, he was called as the president of the Philippines Cebu Mission. After his return from service as a mission president and until his call as a General Authority, Elder Schmutz was the managing shareholder in the Lehi office of Durham Jones & Pinegar and served on the firm’s board of directors.
Elder Schmutz has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the North Carolina Greensboro Mission, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president and counselor in a Young Men’s presidency, high councilor, bishop, counsel in a stake presidency, president of the Philippines Cebu Mission from July 2011 until July 2014, and Area Seventy.
Evan Antone Schmutz was born in St. George, Utah, on June 6, 1954. He married Cindy Lee Sims in 1978. Elder and Sister Schmutz are the parents of five children.