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Five new General Authorities sustained during LDS Church's general conference

Five Latter-day Saints were sustained as new General Authorities to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference: Elder Kim B. Clark, Rexburg, Idaho; Elder Allen D. Haynie, San Diego, California; Elder Von G. Keetch, Salt Lake City, Utah; Elder Hugo Montoya, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico; and Elder Vern P. Stanfill, Kalispell, Montana.

Members of the Seventy have responsibility for administering the work of the Church throughout the world under the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Some of them also have executive responsibilities in a number of Church departments. Members of the First Quorum of the Seventy usually serve to age 70.

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Kim B. Clark was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 4 at age 66. At the time of his call he had been serving as the president of Brigham Young University-Idaho since 2005. He served as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, Idaho Area, from 2007 to 2014.

Elder Clark received a bachelor of arts degree, a master of arts degree, and a Ph.D., all in economics, from Harvard University. He became a member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School in 1978 and was named dean of that school in 1995. He served in that capacity until the summer of 2005, when he was named as president of Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Elder Clark has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the South German Mission, elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor and stake mission president’s counselor.

Kim Bryce Clark was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 20, 1949. He married Sue Lorraine Hunt in 1971. They are the parents of seven children.

Elder Allen D. Haynie was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 4 at age 56. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area.

Elder Haynie received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1982 and a juris doctorate in law in 1985, both from Brigham Young University. He practiced law for 25 years with an international law firm before beginning his own firm.

Elder Haynie has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission, elders quorum president, young men president, seminary teacher, high councilor, bishop and stake president.

Allen Decker Haynie was born in Logan, Utah, on Aug. 29, 1958. He married Deborah Ruth Hall in 1983. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of eight grandchildren.

Elder Von G. Keetch was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 4 at age 55. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Salt Lake City Area.

Elder Keetch received a bachelor of science degree in political science from Brigham Young University in 1984. In 1987 he received a juris doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark law school at Brigham Young University. In 1988 Elder Keetch served as judicial clerk to Judge George C. Pratt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Thereafter, he served as judicial clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. He has practiced law at a Salt Lake City law firm since 1990.

Elder Keetch has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Germany Düsseldorf Mission, bishop’s counselor, stake president’s counselor and stake president.

Von Gary Keetch was born in Provo, Utah, on March 17, 1960. He married Bernice Pymm in 1981. They are the parents of six children.

Elder Hugo Montoya was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 4 at age 55. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the Mexico Area.

Elder Montoya studied agricultural engineering at Sonora State University and received a bachelor’s degree in 1986. He worked at a family grape vineyard from 1975 thru 1992. He began employment with XEROX in 1996, working in several capacities as an administrative assistant, HR manager, tax manager, payroll manager, and currently as a system consulting manager. He also worked as an institute teacher for the Church Educational System from 1998 until 2002.

Elder Montoya has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Mexico North Mission, Young Men president, elders quorum president, high councilor, bishop, stake president and assistant area auditor and area auditor for the Mexico Area.

Hugo Montoya Monroy was born in Fresno, California, on April 2, 1960. He married Maria del Carmen Balvastro in 1983. They are the parents of five children.

Elder Vern P. Stanfill was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 4 at age 57. At the time of his call he had been serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Central Area.

Elder Stanfill received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Brigham Young University in 1981. He started his career in managing the family ranch in large cattle, hay and grain operations. He sold this business in 1998 and became involved in managing family assets and trusts. During this time he was involved in managing a portfolio of real estate and financial instruments, as well as structuring philanthropic and estate matters. Elder Stanfill holds both commercial fixed wing and rotorcraft ratings and has been involved in aviation for both business and pleasure.

Elder Stanfill has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the France Toulouse Mission, executive secretary, elders quorum president, bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake president’s counselor, high priests group leader and stake president.

Vern Perry Stanfill was born in Townsend, Montana, on Aug. 8, 1957. He married Alicia Cecile Cox in 1980. They are the parents of four children.

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