Whether the decisions have been big or small, Stephen D. and Margaret Nadauld have always turned to the Lord for help in choosing the path they should take in life.
And while that path hasn't always been a smooth one for the Nadaulds, it has been rewarding, leading to places such as Boston, New York City and Ogden, Utah, each with a variety of experiences."We've tried really hard to listen to Heavenly Father's counsel and do what we thought we were supposed to do," explained Elder Nadauld, newly called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
Elder Nadauld, 49, a member of the Ogden 77th Ward, Ogden Utah Burch Creek Stake, ports an all-American look, standing 5 feet 10 inches in a well-fit athletic frame. With blue eyes and dark brown hair, the Idaho native is known for his even temper and the calming influence he has on others.
"The other day, his mom was saying what an easy child he was to raise," Sister Nadauld explained. "She can only remember one time when he was really upset with her and that was when she forgot to wake him up for priesthood meeting. He was always determined to fulfill his responsibilities."
Before his call to the Seventy, Elder Nadauld worked as vice chairman and chief financial officer of Bonneville Pacific Corp., an independent developer of major power projects.
He also served as a regional representative for the Church in the Bountiful, Val Verda and Woods Cross regions prior to his call, which was effective June 1.
"Our lives have been blessed in every dimension and have been full and rich," Elder Nadauld added. "Perhaps this (calling) is an opportunity for us to repay a lot of blessings that we've received. We've been given so much, it seems like it would be appropriate for us to give some back."
After serving in the French Mission from 1961-1964, Elder Nadauld attended Ricks College and then BYU where he met Margaret Dyreng, his future wife.
They first met when he was head of student assemblies and she was in the homecoming royalty. He was responsible for organizing the homecoming assembly.
They became better acquainted after traveling with a BYU performing group to the Ed Sullivan Show. He was vice president of culture at BYU while she was a member of Y. Americans. (The group name was later changed to Sounds of Freedom and is now known as the Young Ambassadors). Elder Nadauld was in charge of the group on the trip.
In 1967, he completed his undergraduate work at BYU in chemistry with a minor in math, physics and French. Sister Nadauld also graduated the same day with a bachelor's degree in speech and English.
Elder Nadauld went on to graduate school at Harvard and she stayed in Salt Lake City to teach high school English, reading and speech. But they kept in touch. A year after a long-distance courtship, they were married July 19, 1968, in the Manti Temple.
The newlyweds moved to Boston where Elder Nadauld studied at Harvard Business School, receiving his master's of business administration in finance in 1969.
With little money, the family moved to New York City where Elder Nadauld took a job on Wall Street as an investment banker. The first of seven sons, Stephen, was born three weeks after the move.
A year later Elder Nadauld turned to teaching, being hired as an instructor in the College of Business at the University of Utah. He stayed there from 1970-72. A second son, Justen, was born in Salt Lake City.
Then came a move to California where he attended the University of California at Berkeley for his doctorate in finance and economics. Sons James and Lincoln were added to the family in California.
The Nadaulds moved back to Provo, Utah, in 1976, when Elder Nadauld took a job at BYU as a professor in the business department. He headed the MBA program for three years during his seven-year stint at the university.
The family became complete when Taylor and twins Adam and Aaron were born in Provo. The Nadauld children now range in age from 22 to 10.
Elder Nadauld left BYU in 1983 to become president of Western General Dairies, renamed Intermountain Milk Producers during his leadership.
But his time away from academia didn't last long. He was appointed president of Weber State College in 1985 and served there until 1990. He was instrumental in obtaining university status for the school, now known as Weber State University, by accomplishing four significant points.
A strategic planning exercise was held to look at the school's strengths and weaknesses. "We knew we couldn't do everything, so we decided to do some things well and others not at all, instead of a lot of things half way," Elder Nadauld said.
The school solidified its mission by writing a mission statement.
A capital campaign, in which more than $15 million was raised for the school, came under his direction as well.
Elder Nadauld also worked on the school's centennial celebration, spending 18 months planning activities and getting the campus in good physical shape for the 100th birthday.
Sports and music have always been a part of the Nadauld family. Elder Nadauld enjoys fishing, basketball, tennis, jogging, swimming and almost any other sport.
For fun, he loves to catch fish and throw them back, knowing all the best fishing holes between Idaho and Utah. "It turns out fish live in pretty places," he said. "I really love the outdoors."
Sister Nadauld also enjoys the outdoors and loves to read, play the piano and do hand work.
The family water skis and snow skis together, but spends most of the time attending each other's sporting events of the season. With active boys, they attend five or six games a week.
"Being a cheerleader in high school and college was preparation for being a mother of seven boys," Sister Nadauld said jokingly.
The boys all play one or two musical instruments such as the piano or violin. Years ago the Nadaulds started a family blue grass band to share their talents. Sister Nadauld plays the bass while Elder Nadauld plays the guitar. The boys play the mandolin, banjo, ukulele and fiddles.
Although the call to the Seventy came as a surprise, Sister Nadauld said she "knew he must have some important thing to offer to the Church. He is a man without guile and is honest and straightforward. He loves the Lord and the Lord's children."
Elder Nadauld quickly added, "Margaret has been supportive every step of the way no matter where the circumstances took us.
"Sometimes it was really hard. In Boston she was working to support us, getting up at 5 a.m. and driving an hour to teach school. She was pregnant at the time. She never complained. It has been that way our whole marriage.
"She has been an absolute rock through all of this. Not only has she taken care of family and fulfilled many Church callings, but she has also been active in civic organizations. She is an unusually able person with a very strong testimony."
Sister Nadauld added: "Both of our families have given us the example of service to the Church and service to the people in their communities. They have set a high standard for us to try and follow, and they've always loved the Lord and been dedicated to His teachings. We are grateful to them."
Elder Stephen D. Nadauld
- Family: Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, May 31, 1942, to Sterling Dwaine Nadauld (deceased) and Lois Madsen Nadauld Corey. Married Margaret Dyreng July 19, 1968, in the Manti Temple. Parents of seven sons, Stephen, 22; Justen, 20, serving in the Brussels Belgium Mission; James, 17; Lincoln, 14; Taylor, 12; and Adam and Aaron, 10.
- Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry from BYU, master of business administration from Harvard and doctorate from University of California at Berkeley.
- Employment: Vice chairman and chief financial officer of Bonneville Pacific Corp.; president of Weber State College; president of Intermountain Milk Producers; professor in BYU business department; business instructor at University of Utah; investment banker on Wall Street.
- Church service: Regional representative, 1989-91; stake president's counselor; high councilor; bishop; stake mission president's counselor; elder's quorum president; Young Men president; Scoutmaster.