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Released from Second Quorum of the Seventy

  • Elder Russell C. Taylor - 64, sustained April 7, 1984; most recently was a counselor in Utah South Area presidency and an assistant executive director of the Missionary Department.
  • Elder Robert B. Harbertson - 57, sustained April 7, 1984; most recently was a counselor in the Young Men general presidency and a counselor in the North America Northwest Area presidency.- Elder Devere Harris - 73, sustained April 7, 1984; most recently was a counselor in Sunday School general presidency and a counselor in the North America Southwest Area presidency.
  • Elder Spencer W. Osborn - 68, sustained April 7, 1984; most recently was a counselor in the North America Southeast Area presidency and an assistant executive director of the Missionary Department.
  • Elder Philip T. Sonntag - 68, sustained April 7, 1984; most recently was a counselor in the Philippines/

Micronesia Area presidency.

  • Elder John Sonnenberg - 67, sustained Oct. 6, 1984; most recently was a counselor in the North America Central Area presidency, and is a former president of the Pacific Area.
  • Elder F. Arthur Kay - 73, sustained Oct. 6, 1984; most recently was president of the Pacific Area.
  • Elder Keith W. Wilcox - 68, sustained Oct. 6, 1984; most recently was a counselor in the North America Northeast Area presidency and an assistant executive director of the Curriculum Department.

(ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)

Changes in General Authority assignments

  • During the Saturday afternoon session of conference on Sept. 30, eight members of the First Quorum of the Seventy were given emeritus status, and eight members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy were released.

In leading the sustaining of the General Authorities, President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, announced that at the October 1978 general conference several of the General Authorities were granted emeritus status. At that time, it was also announced that additional General Authorities would be so designated from time to time.

"Today in consideration of factors of age and health," President Hinckley announced, "it is proposed that we sustain the following as emeritus members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, with a vote of thanks for their faithful and effective service: Elders Theodore M. Burton, Robert L. Simpson, Victor L. Brown, Paul H. Dunn, J. Thomas Fyans, Wm. Grant Bangerter, Royden G. Derrick and Rex C. Reeve."

President Hinckley further said, "When the Second Quorum of the Seventy was established in April 1989, the initial membership of that quorum was comprised of General Authorities currently serving under a five-year call. It is accordingly proposed that we release with sincere appreciation for their devoted service the following members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy: Elders Russell C. Taylor, Robert B. Harbertson, Devere Harris, Spencer H. Osborn, Philip T. Sonntag, John Sonnenberg, F. Arthur Kay, and Keith W. Wilcox."

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