Three members of the First Quorum of the Seventy were granted emeritus status Oct. 7 and released from full-time service as General Authorities of the Church. For their years of service to the Church, Elder F. Enzio Busche, Elder Loren C. Dunn and Elder Alexander B. Morrison were given expressions of gratitude.
Released from their callings as members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and given a vote of thanks for their service as General Authorities of the Church were Elder Eran A. Call, Elder W. Don Ladd, Elder James O. Mason and Elder Richard E. Turley, Sr.
Elder Harold G. Hillam was released as general president of the Sunday School along with his counselors, Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder John H. Groberg. Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy was sustained as the new Sunday School general president with Elder Andersen sustained as first counselor and Elder Groberg as second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency.
Two new Area Authority Seventies were sustained and twenty were released.
Elder Busche was called as a General Authority in October 1977. He has served as president of the North America Northeast and Utah North Areas and as a counselor in various area presidencies. Other assignments included serving as president of the Frankfurt Germany Temple and the Germany Munich Mission. Prior to his call to serve the Church, Elder Busche was chief executive officer and co-owner of a large publishing and printing company.
Serving as a General Authority since April 1968, Elder Dunn has been an executive administrator or member of an Area presidency for the Church throughout the United States and Canada and in many places around the world. He and his family have lived in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and the Philippines. Before he was called as a General Authority, Elder Dunn was an executive with an economic development board in Boston, Mass. He and his wife, Carol, are serving as president and matron of the newly dedicated Boston Massachusetts Temple.
Elder Morrison was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1987. Elder Morrison has served as president of the Utah North and the North America Southeast Areas and as a counselor in other area presidencies. At the time of his calling as a General Authority, he was a professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Elder Morrison is a former assistant deputy minister of the Department of National Health and Welfare in Canada.
Elder Call has served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy since April 1997. He served as president of the Mexico North Area and as a counselor in the Mexico South Area and in the South America North Area. He retired from Brigham Young University and was director of the Church Education System in Mexico.
Called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 1994, Elder Ladd has served as a counselor in the presidencies of the North America Northeast, North America Southeast, and North America East areas. Elder Ladd's professional experience includes working as vice president for government affairs for Marriott International in Washington, D.C.
Elder Mason was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 1994. He served for several years in area presidency assignments in Africa, including president of the Africa West Area. He has also served as a counselor in the North America East Area. Elder Mason is retired from the U.S. Public Health Service, which he headed from 1989 to 1993, as assistant secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Elder Turley was named a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 1997. He has served as a counselor in the Mexico South Area Presidency. Elder Turley is a professor emeritus from the University of Utah and worked as a scientific researcher for Battelle Northwest and was the first science adviser to the State of Utah.
Sustained as new Area Authority Seventies were Tsung Ting (Jared) Yang, 52, of Taipei, Taiwan; president of the Taipei Taiwan West Stake; wife, Shu Feng Kuei Yang; and Aleksandr N. Manzhos, 52, of Kiev, Ukraine; president of the Ukraine Donetsk Mission, 1996-99; wife, Natalya Tetrovna Malishenko Manzhos.
Released from their service as Area Authority Seventies were:
Hugo A. Catrón, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Ambrosio C. Collado, Mandaluyong City, Philippines;
Gordon G. Conger, Bellevue, Washington;
Cláudio Cuéllar, Sao Paulo, Brazil;
Paul L. Diehl, Meridian, Idaho;
Donald B. Doty, Bountiful, Utah;
Alvie R. Evans, Sr., No. Charleston, South Carolina;
Eduardo Gavarret, Sao Paulo, Brazil;
Salomón Jaar, Guatemala City, Guatemala;
W. E. Barry Mayo, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan;
Mitchell V. Myers, Delta, Utah;
Stein Pedersen, Skjetten, Norway;
Gustavo Ramos, Tula de Allende, Mexico;
Eugene E. Reid, Pago Pago, American Samoa;
Alejandro M. Robles, Lima, Peru;
R. Servando Rojas, Mesa, Arizona;
Lynn A. Rosenvall, Calgary, Canada;
L. Douglas Smoot, Provo, Utah;
Brian A. Watling, Colchester, England;
Carlos D. Vargas, Valencia, Venezuela.