Elder Marion D. Hanks was presented the Ricks College Distinguished Service Award Sept. 22 by college Pres. Steven D. Bennion.
The award was presented to Elder Hanks prior to his address at the college's weekly devotional."There are few leaders or teachers who have had a more positive influence for good on the youth of the Church than Elder Marion D. Hanks," Pres. Bennion said, reading from the certificate presented to Elder Hanks.
Elder Hanks is credited with being a "powerful and inspiring voice to the entire Church" and to many people of other faiths, Pres. Bennion continued.
"All of us at Ricks College and throughout the Church Educational System have benefited from [hisT splendid service on the Board of Trustees," the college president read from the certificate. "We salute [himT for [hisT magnificent example of love, courage, faith and unselfish service."
Elder Hanks was called to the First Council of the Seventy on Oct. 4, 1953, at age 31, and as an Assistant to the Twelve in 1968. He was called to the Presidency of the Seventy in 1976, and had just been released from the presidency for the second time when he was granted emeritus General Authority status at October general conference.