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Gérald Caussé

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Gérald Caussé
Presiding Bishop
9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
PredecessorGary E. Stevenson
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
31 March 2012 (2012-03-31) – 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
PredecessorRichard C. Edgley
SuccessorDean M. Davies
End reasonCalled to be Presiding Bishop
First Quorum of the Seventy
5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) – 31 March 2012 (2012-03-31)
End reasonCalled to be First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Personal details
BornGérald Jean Caussé
(1963-05-20) 20 May 1963 (age 57)
Bordeaux, France
Spouse(s)Valérie Lucienne Babin

Gérald Jean Caussé (born 20 May 1963) has been the Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 9 October 2015. He is the fifteenth man to serve in this position.[1] He has been a general authority of the LDS Church since 2008 and was the first person from France appointed as a general authority.

Caussé, who was born in Bordeaux, was raised as a Latter-day Saint: his parents joined the church when he was six months old, having recently moved to France from Algeria.[2] Caussé became the Sunday School president in his branch when he was 16.[3]

Caussé served for a year in the French Air Force. He has a master's degree in business from École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales (ESSEC Business School).

Prior to his call as a general authority, Caussé worked for a strategy consulting firm in Paris and London. He later returned to Paris to work for the Carrefour Retail Group. And finally, he was the general manager and a member of the board of Pomona, France's largest food distributor.

LDS Church service

Caussé was president of the LDS Church's Paris France Stake from 2001 to 2007. In April 2007, he became an area seventy in the church's Europe West Area. On 5 April 2008, Caussé became a member of the church's First Quorum of the Seventy.[2] For most of his four years as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy Caussé served in the presidency of the church's Europe Area.

On 31 March 2012, he was called to serve as the first counselor to Gary E. Stevenson in the Presiding Bishopric. When Stevenson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October 2015, Caussé succeeded him as the church's Presiding Bishop. Under the direction of the First Presidency, the Presiding Bishopric is tasked with general oversight of many of the church's day-to-day operations.[4][5] Among other areas of management, this includes the construction and maintenance of church meetinghouse facilities around the world.[6]

As of August 2017, Caussé serves on the Church Board of Education and Boards of Trustees.[7] Humanitarian aid and charitable giving increased under Caussé's leadership reaching nearly $1 billion per year.[8][9] In 2020 Caussé addressed the controversy surrounding the LDS Church's investments, managed by Ensign Peak Advisors, "It is a church. It’s not a financial institution...and because it is a church, the funds that are managed within the church are contributed by the members of the church and are really sacred. We really consider those funds as belonging to the Lord."[8]

Personal life

Caussé married Valérie Lucienne Babin on 5 August 1986 in the Bern Switzerland Temple. They are the parents of five children.


  1. ^ "New Presiding Bishopric Announced : Bishop Gérald Caussé is 15th presiding bishop in Church's history", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2015-10-09
  2. ^ a b "Brief biographies of new leaders called to LDS Church hierarchy", Deseret Morning News, 2008-04-05.
  3. ^ Melissa Merrill, "Bishop Gérald Caussé: Example was set Service is a means to testimony", Church News, May 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Lovett, Ian; Levy, Rachael. "The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World.", The Wall Street Journal, Salt Lake City, 8 February 2020. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  5. ^ Mims, Bob. "Mormonism's top moneyman credits members' sacrifices and sacred financial principles for faith's prosperity". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  6. ^ Twila Van Leer, "LDS Church announces changes to presiding bishopric, Relief Society presidency, First Quorum of the Seventy", Deseret News 31 March 2012.
  7. ^ Church Education: About CES Administration, Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b Watch, Tad. "Church finances: Presiding Bishopric offers unique look inside financial operations of growing faith", Deseret News, Utah, 14 February 2020. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  9. ^ Pierce, Scott D.. "Mormon church to up its food donations by 20 million pounds a year", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 27 September 2018. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Gary E. Stevenson
Presiding Bishop
October 9, 2015 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Richard C. Edgley
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
March 31, 2012 – October 9, 2015
Succeeded by
Dean M. Davies

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