Leader Biography

Elder Evan A. Schmutz


Elder Evan A. Schmutz was serving in the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area when he was called to be a General Authority Seventy at the April 2016 general conference.

Elder Schmutz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1979 and a J.D. in 1982, both from Brigham Young University. He began working as an attorney in 1982 with McKay, Burton & Thurman. In 1985, he became a shareholder with Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough and then became special counsel for Holme Roberts & Owen in 1990. From 1992 until 1993, he worked as general counsel for TransEra Corp. From 1992 until 2011, he was a founding partner of Hill, Johnson, and Schmutz. After his return from service as a mission president and until his call as a General Authority Seventy, Elder Schmutz was the managing shareholder in the Lehi office of Durham Jones & Pinegar and served on the firm’s board of directors.

Elder Schmutz has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the North Carolina Greensboro Mission, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president and counselor in a Young Men presidency, high councilor, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, president of the Philippines Cebu Mission from July 2011 until July 2014 and Area Seventy.

Evan Antone Schmutz was born in St. George, Utah, on June 6, 1954. He married Cindy Lee Sims in 1978. Elder and Sister Schmutz are the parents of five children.

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