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New calls: Second Quorum of the Seventy created; 12 new general authorities sustained

  • Twelve new General Authorities were sustained during the Saturday afternoon session of the 159th Annual General Conference. Four of the newly called brethren are serving in the First Quorum of the Seventy and eight in the newly created Second Quorum of the Seventy.

The following four brethren were called to the First Quorum of the Seventy:Joe J. Christensen, 59, president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, since 1985, most recently has served as a regional representative. He served as a mission president in Mexico and also was president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He has been a couselor in the general presidency of the Sunday School and a member of the general boards of the Young Men and Melchizedek Priesthood MIA. He has been associated with the Church Educational System for nearly 30 years, part of the time as associate commissioner of education. He has also been director of the institute of religion at the University of Utah. He andhis wife, Barbara Kohler Christensen, are parents of six children.

W. Eugene Hansen, 60, an attorney in private practice, has been serving as president of the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake and previously served as bishop of the Bonneville 1st Ward. He has been chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents since 1987 and is a former president of the Utah State Bar. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He is married to Jeanine Showell Hansen; they are parents of six children.

Jeffrey R. Holland, 48, has been president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, since 1980, where he is also a professor of English and ancient scripture. He is a former Church commissioner of education, dean of the College of Religion at BYU, and instructor or director of institutes of religion in California, Washington, Connecticut, and Salt Lake City. He has served as a regional representative, counselor in three stake presidencies, bishop, director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA, and chairman of the Church's Young Adult committee. He is married to Patricia Terry Holland, a former counselor in the Young Women general presidency. They are parents of three children.

Marlin K. Jensen, 46, also an attorney in private practice, was serving as a regional representative at the time he was called as a General Authority. Formerly, he was president of the Huntsville Utah Stake, and bishop of the Huntsville Ward, and has been a priests quorum adviser and elders quorum president. He is married to Kathleen Bushnell Jensen; they are parents of seven children.

The eight brethren sustained to the newly organized Second Quorum of the Seventy are:

Carlos Amado, 44, area director of the Church Educational System in Guatemala City, Guatemala. At the time of his call, he was serving as a regional representative. He has been a mission president, stake president and bishop in Guatemala. He is married to Mayavel Pineda; they are parents of five children.

Ben B. Banks, 56, is president of the Scotland Edinburgh Mission. He is a former president of the Salt Lake South Cottonwood Stake, and has served as bishop of three wards. He is owner and president of a lumber company. He is married to Susan Kearnes Banks; they are parents of seven children and a foster son.

Spencer J. Condie, 48, is a professor of sociology at BYU, where he has received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award and professor-of-the year honors. He is a regional representative, and former president of the Austria Vienna Mission, stake president and bishop of two wards. He is married to Dorthea Speth Condie; they are parents of five children.

F. Melvin Hammond, 55, is a professor of religion at Ricks College. At the time of his call, he was high priests group leader and he and his wife were teaching a Sunday School class of 17-year-olds. For the past six months, he has been an officiator in the Idaho Falls Temple. A former president of the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission, he has been a stake president and bishop. He served eight terms in the Idaho State Legislature, and was minority leader for three terms. He and his wife, Bonnie Sellers Hammond, are parents of six children.

Malcolm S. Jeppsen, 64, is a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple. He is a former regional representative, stake president, bishop, and elders quorum president. He is a physician in family practice in Salt Lake City. He is married to Marian Davis Jeppsen, and they are parents of five children.

Richard P. Lindsay, 63, is managing director of the Church Public Communications/Special Affairs Department. He is a former stake president and bishop. He is a former director of the Bureau of Community Development at the University of Utah, a state legislator, and executive director of the Utah State Department of Social Services. He is married to Marian Bangerter Lindsay; they are parents of six children.

Merlin R. Lybbert, 63, was serving as a regional representative at the time of his call. He is a former stake president and bishop. An attorney in private practice in Salt Lake City, he was Utah Trial Lawyer in 1981-82. He is married to Nola Cahoon Lybbert; they are parents of six children.

Horacio A. Tenorio, 54, a businessman and consultant in Guadalajara, Mexico, was serving for the second time as a regional representative at the time of his call as a General Authority. He is a former president of the Mexico Torreon Mission, stake president, bishop and branch president in Mexico. He is married to Maria Teresa de Tenorio; they are parents of three daughters.

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