Latter-day Saint Life

Emeritus Seventy and Renowned Scientist Alexander B. Morrison Passes Away


“I remember what starvation looks like as I sit down to abundance three times a day,” said Elder Alexander B. Morrison, an emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy who was known for assisting the poor, hungry, and mentally ill as a renowned scientist, according to Deseret News.  “Carrying this burden keeps me, on the most fundamental of all levels, human.”

Elder Alexander B. Morrison, a scientist who fought against hunger and disease and later served in the Quorums of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more than 14 years, died quietly at home on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was 87.

A convert who joined the church in 1950, Elder Morrison served in the British Isles/Africa, North America Southeast and Utah North area presidencies. As Utah North Area president, he was a frequent visitor to stake and regional conferences along the Wasatch Front.

He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy in the April 1987 general conference, to the Second Quorum two years later and to the First Quorum again two years after that. He gained emeritus status at the October 2000 conference. 


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