Featherstone was born in Stockton, Tooele County, Utah. His parents divorced when he was growing up. Featherstone graduated from South High in Salt Lake City in 1949. He never attended college. He was head trainer for Albertsons supermarket.
Due to the Korean War and the one-missionary-per-ward policy that existed during the war, he did not go on a mission. He married Merlene Miner at age 19. He has written many books, mostly to the youth of the church, on the lives of Jesus and Joseph Smith, Jr.. He was called as general authority and member of the church's Presiding Bishopric in 1972; before that he was a stake president and served on missionary committees. Featherstone spent several years in the church's Young Men general presidency of the church and served in area presidencies in the Philippines and Pacific.
1. Emeritus general authorities are individuals who have been released from active duties as general authorities. However, they remain general authorities of the church until their death. Except for the three identified former members of the Presiding Bishopric, all living emeritus general authorities are former members of the First Quorum of the Seventy. 2. Former members of the Presiding Bishopric.