The First Presidency has announced a change in the Presidency of the Seventy, together with related changes in assignment for supervision of areas in the United States and Canada.
Elder Steven E. Snow, who has served as a member of the presidency since 2007, has been appointed Church historian and recorder, succeeding Elder Marlin K. Jensen, who will receive emeritus status at the October 2012 general conference. The First Presidency explained that the change was effective immediately in order to enable these Brethren to "begin working together for several months in order to effect a smooth transition in directing Church history matters."
The First Presidency also announced that Elder Richard J. Maynes would succeed Elder Snow as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, effective immediately. Elder Maynes, who has served as a General Authority since 1997, has most recently served as executive director of the Family History Department at Church headquarters.
Under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve, the Presidency of the Seventy supervises priesthood leaders in the United States and Canada. With the change in the presidency, the following new assignments in the supervision of those areas were announced by the First Presidency:
Elder L. Whitney Clayton, who has supervised the North America Northwest and North America West Areas, will now supervise the three areas in Utah. Elder Maynes will now direct the work in the North America Northwest and North America West Areas.