“Elder David P. Homer,” Liahona, May 2018
One of Elder David P. Homer’s earliest recollections pertaining to the gospel is of being assigned at age 14 as a home teaching partner to a member of his ward who “took an unusual approach to home teaching,” said Elder Homer. “It wasn’t about getting in the home and visiting people; it was about ministering to their needs.”
As a companionship, they would pray for and talk about their assigned families, not as an adult to a youth but as peers in priesthood service. “I learned that the Spirit comes with and is associated with service,” said Elder Homer.
That lesson has stayed with him throughout his life and subsequent service in the Church, whether serving as an Area Seventy, nursery leader, or bulletin board specialist—a calling he fulfilled while he and his wife lived in Melbourne, Australia.
David Paul Homer was born on April 25, 1961, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, to Frederick and Phyllis LeNila Homer. After his mission in Hong Kong from 1980 to 1982, he met Nancy Dransfield, a graduate of Brigham Young University, at an institute fireside in Salt Lake City, where she was working and attending classes at the University of Utah. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on July 31, 1984. They have reared five daughters and a son.
Elder Homer received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
During his 30-year career as an executive with General Mills, he and his wife lived in Miami, Florida, USA; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Burlington, Ontario, Canada; and Saint-Sulpice, Vaud, Switzerland.
Elder Homer has served as a stake president, bishop, elders quorum president, and ward executive secretary. As an Area Seventy he began his service in Canada and continued it in Europe, where he served the past four years before being sustained as a General Authority Seventy on March 31, 2018.