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Robert Earl Wells (born December 28, 1927) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1976.

Wells was born in Las Vegasmarker, Nevadamarker. He grew up in Logandale, Nevadamarker. As a young man, Wells was a missionary for the LDS Church in Argentinamarker. He then served in the United States Navy. Following this he earned a degree in accounting from Brigham Young Universitymarker.

Wells married Meryl Leavitt and then four months latter took a job with First National City Bank in South America. He lived in Paraguaymarker, Ecuadormarker, Argentinamarker, Brazilmarker and Uruguaymarker.

Wells wife Meryl died in a plane crash. About two years latter he married Helen Walser.

From 1968 to 1971 Wells was president of the Mexicomarker Monterreymarker Mission of the LDS Church. From 1971 to 1976 he worked for the church's central purchasing department. Prior to his call as a general authority, Wells had served as a Regional Representative in several Latin American countries. In 1976, he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and held this position until 1997, when he was made an emeritus general authority. From 1998 to 2001, Wells was the president of the Santiago Chile Temple of the LDS Church.

Wells had a total of seven children. He is the father of Sharlene Wells, Miss America 1985.


  1. 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007), p. 92.
  2. "Robert E. Wells of the First Quorum of the Seventy", Ensign, Nov. 1976, p. 138–139.
  3. Santiago Chile LDS (Mormon) Temple Presidents,, accessed 2008-03-11.

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