“Elder John C. Pingree Jr.” Ensign, May 2017
“My testimony has been built over time, little by little, through receiving answers to prayers, feeling the Spirit while reading scriptures, repenting, and serving the Lord,” said Elder John C. Pingree Jr., who was sustained on April 1, 2017, as a General Authority Seventy.
Born in 1966 in Salt Lake City Utah, USA, to Carmen and John C. Pingree Sr., he credits the devotion of his parents in helping to shape his life.
“The day after I was born, my father wrote me a letter,” Elder Pingree said. “He saved that letter, and later, when I left to serve a full-time mission, he mailed it to me. The letter contained several pages of his testimony and lessons he wanted me to learn during my life. As I read it, the Spirit bore witness to me that what I had been taught about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ by my parents was truth.”
Elder Pingree served in the Massachusetts Boston Mission, Spanish-speaking.
He received degrees in English and political science from the University of Utah and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. He married Anne Pugsley in March 1990, and they are the parents of five children.
Much of his career focused on helping others. He was president of a medical humanitarian aid organization and a vice president at two health care companies.
He was president of the Texas Houston Mission from 2011 to 2014 and has served as an Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, elders quorum president, and institute and seminary teacher.
“The Lord says, ‘If you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation’ (D&C 11:8),” Elder Pingree said. “To me, the Lord is saying, ‘I can use you to do some good in other people’s lives, if you will let me.’ If we look for opportunities, Heavenly Father will use us to bless somebody else.”