-Elder Theodore M. Burton - 82, sustained Oct. 8, 1960; most recently served on the Church boundary and leadership change committee; formerly was managing director of the Genealogical (now Family History) Department, supervised Church programs in Europe; was president of West German and European missions.
- Elder Robert L. Simpson - 74, sustained Sept. 30, 1961; most recently was Sunday School general president and an assistant executive director of the Temple Deparment; former counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, Pacific Area president, president of Los Angeles Temple, president of New Zealand and East London missions.- Elder Victor L. Brown - 75, sustained Sept. 30, 1961; most recently was first counselor in the Utah North Area presidency; former Presiding Bishop and counselor in Presiding Bishopric, and president of the Salt Lake Temple.
- Elder Paul H. Dunn - 65, sustained April 6, 1964; most recently was first counselor in the Utah South Area presidency and an assistant executive director of the Priesthood Department; served in presidency of First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976-1980, and president of the New England Mission.
- Elder J. Thomas Fyans - 71, sustained April 6, 1974; most recently served as president of the Utah Central Area and an assistant executive director in the Family History Department; former president of the Utah North and South America South areas; member of Presidency of First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976-1985, executive director of Correlation and Genealogical departments, president of Uruguay Mission.
- Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter - 71, sustained April 4, 1975; most recently was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department; earlier served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1978-1980, and as president of the Brazilian, Portugal Lisbon and International missions.
- Elder Royden G. Derrick - 74, sustained Oct. 1, 1976; most recently was a counselor in the Asia Area presidency; former member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1980-1984, executive director of the Genealogical Department, president of Seattle Temple and Ireland Dublin Mission.
- Elder Rex C. Reeve - 74, sustained April 1, 1978; most recently was president of the North America Northwest Area and an assistant executive director of the Temple Department; formerly president of the North America Northeast area and president of the California Anaheim Mission.
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."