“Elder Peterson Critically Injured,” Ensign, Dec. 1997, 65
Soon after arriving in Salt Lake City for general conference in October, Elder Andrew W. Peterson of the Seventy, President of the Mexico North Area, was critically injured in a motorcycle-related accident near a family cabin in Parleys Canyon. At press time Elder Peterson was listed in serious but stable condition, breathing with the help of a ventilator.
A dentist by profession, Elder Peterson was born on 8 June 1947 in San Francisco, California. He married Christine Swensen on 20 June 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple, and the couple have eight children. Prior to his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy in October 1994, Elder Peterson served as a regional representative, as a stake president, as president of the Mexico Merida Mission, and as national vice president of Sigma Gamma Chi, the Latter-day Saint fraternity for university students.