Leader Biography

Elder S. Mark Palmer

Elder S. Mark Palmer was serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southwest Area when he was called to be a General Authority Seventy at the April 2016 general conference.

Elder Palmer received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1979 from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Business Administration in 1982 from Brigham Young University. He was the founder of SMP Ventures, a real estate development company, and has served as president since 1993.

Elder Palmer has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the New Zealand Wellington Mission, elders quorum president, high councilor, high priests group leader, counselor in a bishopric, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, stake president, mission president and Area Seventy.

Stanley Mark Palmer was born in Te Puke, New Zealand, on February 11, 1956. He married Jacqueline Ann Wood in 1981. They are the parents of six children.

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