Elder and Sister Wells have seven children. Elder Wells feels that the Lord’s guidance in his life not only has helped him and his wife to choose the right path at the “spiritual crossroads” of their life, but also has helped his children to realize that their father acts, not by whim, but by the word of the Lord. From 1968 to 1971, Wells was president of the LDS Church’s Mexico Monterrey Mission. 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 designated an emeritus general authority. In February 1977, Wells took up residence in Santiago, Chile, as the church’s area representative for Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. From 1998 to 2001, Wells was president of the church’s Santiago Chile Temple.