Elder Lance B. Wickman

Elder Lance B. Wickman

Emeritus Member, First Quorum of the Seventy

Lance Bradley Wickman (born November 11, 1940) has been a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1994 and is the current general counsel of the LDS Church. In 2010, he became an emeritus general authority.

Wickman was born in Seattle, Washington. He was raised in New Jersey and Glendale, California. From 1961 to 1963, Wickman was an LDS Church missionary in the Church's Central British Mission. After his mission, he married Patricia Farr in the Los Angeles California Temple.  Wickman graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in political science. In 1966, Wickman, a U.S. Army Ranger, was sent to fight in Vietnam as a platoon leader in the United States Army and on a second tour of duty as a military advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. During the war he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Valorous Unit Award and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

After his return from Vietnam, Wickman graduated from Stanford Law School in 1972. He practiced law in Los Angeles and San Diego with the law firm of Latham & Watkins. Wickman has been awarded the Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo by the Boy Scouts of America.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Wickman was a bishop, stake president, and regional representative in the LDS Church. He became a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1994. In 2000, Wickman was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

On October 2, 2010, at the LDS Church's semi-annual General Conference, Wickman was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and given General Authority Emeritus status.