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Elder William Grant Bangerter

Assistant to the Council of the Twelve

“The assignment to personally represent the Council of the Twelve and help them to carry their mission throughout the earth is such an overwhelming concept that it requires getting used to. It makes us realize our dependence on the faith of the members of the Church and the blessing of the Spirit of the Lord.”

In that spirit Elder William Grant Bangerter returned to Utah for general conference at the invitation of President Spencer W. Kimball, feeling, he says, that some new responsibility awaited him. He had been called to open the Portugal Lisbon Mission in November 1974, and will serve there until July this year.

Elder Bangerter was born June 8, 1918, in Granger, Utah, to William Henry and Isabelle Bawden Bangerter. He filled a mission to Brazil, 1939–41, and then studied history and languages, expecting to teach. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and later did graduate study there. However, “I decided I preferred the more active, physical type of life in the open air and have spent much of my life as a carpenter,” he says. “Until this last calling, I was still an active carpenter and builder, and most days got actively involved, to some extent, in the building of homes. I feel good about being called a carpenter.”

Brother Bangerter has been a building contractor with his brother Samuel and has had considerable involvement in real estate development in Arizona and Utah. “My brother’s cooperation during my activities in the Church has been most valuable,” he says.

Elder Bangerter was ordained a high priest soon after his return from his first mission, when he was called to serve in the Granger Ward bishopric. During World War II he was stationed in Douglas, Arizona, as a United States Army Air Force pilot and training squadron commander.

Returning to Utah after the war, he served successively as stake M Men leader in Oquirrh and North Jordan stakes, stake Aaronic Priesthood secretary, bishop of Granger Ward, president of North Jordan Stake, president of Granger Stake, vice-chairman of Pioneer Welfare Region, and as a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees of the Latter-day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was called to preside over the Brazilian Mission in 1958, and returning to the United States in 1963, he was called to the Church Home Teaching Committee. In 1967 he was called as a Regional Representative of the Council of the Twelve, where he served seven years.

Elder Bangerter’s first wife, Mildred Lee Schwantes, passed away in 1952. They had four children: Lee Ann (Mrs. Richard Lorenzon), Cory William and Glenda (who filled missions in Brazil), and Mildred Elizabeth (who died at birth in 1951).

Elder William G. and Sister Geraldine Bangerter

Elder William G. Sister Geraldine Bangerter

In October 1953 he married Geraldine Hamblin, and they have had seven children: Julie (Mrs. Ramon P. Beck), Grant Hamblin (presently a missionary in Spain), Howard Kent, Peggy Brasilia, Glenn Paulo, Layne Rio (the latter three being born in Brazil), and Duella. The five youngest accompanied their parents to Portugal and attend an American school there.

Elder William G. Bangerter

Elder Robert Dean Hales

Assistant to the Council of the Twelve

Robert Dean Hales had begun to make preparations to leave his Scarsdale, New York, home to assume leadership of the England London Mission, following a telephone call from President Marion G. Romney. His wife, the former Mary Elene Crandall, would accompany him to England. His oldest son, Stephen Crandall Hales, was already there, serving as a missionary in the England Bristol Mission. His other son, David Crandall Hales, had made arrangements to live with an aunt and complete his junior and senior years at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City.

Then came the second phone call.

The voice of the prophet of God asked, “Brother Hales, do you mind if we change your mission?”

And Elder Robert D. Hales accepted the call to serve as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve.

Sister Mary Hales was “overwhelmed.” David was happy for his father and quipped, “Well, I guess now you’ll be moving in with me!” Elder Hales recalls, “There is no way to describe the feeling I had. One simply does not prepare for a calling such as this.”

But an examination of Elder Hales’ life thus far clearly demonstrates his preparation. He was born August 24, 1932, in New York City, New York, to John Rulon and Vera Marie Holbrook Hales. He graduated from Great Neck High School in Long Island, New York, where he was a member of the baseball team.

In 1952 Gordon E. Crandall and his family moved into the Queens Ward, where Mary Elene Crandall first saw Robert Hales, a priest, blessing the sacrament. They went out on a date, and when Robert returned home, he told his father, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry for time and all eternity.”

“My father sat up in bed and said, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ But I never dated another girl after that,” Elder Hales recalls. They were married June 10, 1953, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Robert D. and Sister Mary Elene Hales

Elder Robert D. and Sister Mary Elene Hales

Elder Hales graduated from the University of Utah in 1954, served as a jet fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, and received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1960.

Elder Hales’ extensive business career and service in the United States Air Force have provided him opportunities to serve throughout the United States and in England, Germany, and Spain. Before joining Cheesebrough-Ponds, Inc., where he has been group vice-president until his call, he was vice-president of the International Max Factor Company, president of Hughes Broadcasting Corporation, president of the Paper Mate Company, and general manager of Gillette Safety Razor Division in Spain after serving as the company’s marketing director in England and deputy general manager in Germany.

Elder Hales has had a varied and active life of service in the Church. He served as branch president in Albany, Georgia, in Weston, Massachusetts, in Frankfurt, Germany, and in Seville, Spain. He served as bishop in Weston, Massachusetts, in Chicago, Illinois, and in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a member of the stake presidency in the Boston Massachusetts Stake and on the stake high council of the London England Stake. He served as elders quorum president in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and taught morning seminary classes in Downey, California. At the time of his call to be an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve he was serving as Regional Representative for the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Regions and Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission.

Elder Adney Yoshio Komatsu

Assistant to the Council of the Twelve

“Even now, we’re still kind of dazed,” is how Elder Adney Yoshio Komatsu (pronounced Koh-MAWT-sue) and his wife, Judy, described their feelings after Elder Komatsu was sustained and set apart as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve.

When President Kimball issued the call to Brother Komatsu, they were speechless. “I said yes, of course,” said Elder Komatsu. “There was no question about serving.”

Honoring the confidentiality of the calling, they waited until Friday night to call their children—sons Jay (23) and Grant (21) in San Francisco, and daughters Jan (19) and Jill (18) at home in Honolulu. “They were speechless too,” said Sister Komatsu.

“We went back to our hotel room and just looked at each other,” said Elder Komatsu. Sister Komatsu wept; they prayed together, and thus pledged themselves to this calling, the most recent in a long history of “surprises.”

Elder Adney Y. and Sister Judy Komatsu

Elder Adney Y. and Sister Judy Komatsu

For instance, they were married in the Hawaii Temple on Friday, June 2, 1950. That Saturday they gave a private party for their families, all nonmembers. Elder Komatsu, who shares with Elder Hartman Rector, Jr., the distinction of being a convert General Authority, baptized his wife. Wanting her to gain her own testimony of the Church, Elder Komatsu had never attended her branch. They went to their own Sunday School, then went to his branch for sacrament meeting. That first Sunday after their marriage, they went to her branch for sacrament meeting for the first time. “We kind of sneaked onto the back row,” he said—and heard the branch members called to sustain him as branch president. He walked up to the stand, leaving his wife in the audience. Monday, the day they had planned to begin their honeymoon, he met with his counselors and the branch clerk—“and no complaints from my wife,” he said. “What a trouper!”

He was 27 years old then. Eleven years later, President Hugh B. Brown interviewed him and asked him if he would serve as bishop.

“Will your wife sustain you?” President Brown asked, knowing that Brother Komatsu would have no time to talk to her before the meeting.

“You don’t have to worry about that,” Brother Komatsu assured him.

At the time of his call, Brother Komatsu was the first bishop of Japanese descent in the Church. Since then he has served as president of the Northern Far East Mission, the first time a man of Oriental descent had been called as mission president. He would again be first from his national background to serve as a Regional Representative and to become a General Authority.

Through all these changes, increased responsibilities, and challenges, “our children have been wonderful,” they say. Sometimes between Sister Komatsu’s work on the Relief Society general board (she was released last October after 3 1/2 years of service) and his Regional Representative assignments, the children would be left alone. “It’s pressure for them,” she said, “but we’ve never had to worry about them.”

She praises her husband’s leadership in the home. “He’s very patient and very kind and very generous, and he’s always supported me 100 percent in my callings.”

They feel that if “the Lord’s callings come first and if we serve wholeheartedly, everything falls into place.”

Among their immediate plans is studying Japanese. Born of Japanese parents in Hawaii, they learned “rough” Japanese. Elder Komatsu laughs, “I’m never so embarrassed as when I’m trying to express myself in Japanese. I communicate, but now it has to be right. Now I represent the Church.”

Elder Adney Y. Komatsu

Elder Joseph Bitner Wirthlin

Assistant to the Council of the Twelve

A heritage and lifetime of service to the Church stand behind Elder Joseph Bitner Wirthlin as he accepts the call to serve as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve. Looking back, Elder Wirthlin sees preparation for the call beginning with service in Aaronic Priesthood quorums, as a Scout (he holds the rank of Eagle), and especially in his home, with a father, Joseph L. Wirthlin, who served in the Presiding Bishopric for 23 years.

Elder Wirthlin was also very active in athletics. He lettered in high school football, basketball, and track in Salt Lake City and also lettered in football at the University of Utah. He considers the discipline, sportsmanship, and other qualities thus learned a special molding force in his life.

His preparation continued as he served in many Church callings—as a missionary in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; as a bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, and most recently as first counselor in the general presidency of the Sunday School. He now considers “the most wonderful part” of this new calling the chance to devote himself full time to the Church.

Besides this Church background, Elder Wirthlin brings to his position experience and success in business. (He credits much of his business knowledge to his experience with his father.) He is president of Wirthlin’s, Inc., and a partner in the JLW Company. He has been president of the Utah Grocers Association and also of the Utah Meat Purveyors Association.

Elder Wirthlin has passed on his heritage to his children, who are all active in the Church, and who have had the chance to work with him in his business. “And they have always supported us in every way in our Church callings,” he said. He has seven daughters and one son, a bishop, who now manages his business. His wife, Elisa, president of the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake Relief Society, calls him a “wonderful husband and tremendous father. Whenever he was given an assignment, he aimed at perfection, taking care of every minute detail. I’ve always known he was worthy and qualified to serve the Lord in any capacity,” she says. Elder Wirthlin returns the compliment by noting that his wife has never resigned from a Church calling, even when she was having their children.

Elder Joseph B. and Sister Elisa Worthlin

Elder Joseph B. and Sister Elisa Worthlin

Although much has happened to prepare Elder Wirthlin for becoming a General Authority in the Church, the call came as a complete surprise to him. “I had no idea it would come. I was very happy in the Sunday School general presidency,” he said, “but look forward to new experiences, growth, and associations in this sacred calling.”

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Report of the Regional Representatives Seminar

Another resounding challenge to increase the scope of the missionary work of the Church was issued by President Spencer W. Kimball at a seminar for 125 Regional Representatives of the Twelve held Thursday, April 3, 1975. Also in attendance were the General Authorities and other general Church officers. President Kimball presided and President Ezra Taft Benson conducted.

Reporting an 8 percent increase in the number of full-time missionaries in the past year, President Kimball repeated for priesthood leaders what he termed “the universal calling of missionaries” in these words: “We need your sons. Every boy should be considered. All worthy, normal boys should fill missions.”

In connection with this challenge, President Kimball reemphasized the need for priesthood leaders to teach young men to prepare for their missions financially, with the help of their families. Mentioning the fact that over the years the seventies of the Church have contributed a large percentage of the funds that have supported the missionary effort, he went on to introduce the need, “greater now than ever before,” for elders and high priests to make additional contributions to the great missionary movement. “Through these kinds of sacrifices, we may find ourselves acceptable to the Lord,” he said. “There is no reason why any boy in this church needs to forfeit his mission because of lack of funds.”

Speaking of the “lengthening stride” of the missionary work thus far among the earth’s 4 billion inhabitants, President Kimball said, “Our progress has really been a miracle, but we have merely scratched the surface.” He emphasized the fact that our most important goal is to make it possible for all people to achieve eternal life by taking the gospel to them.

As one means of achieving this goal, President Kimball suggested increasing missionary productivity and “the perfection of their performance.” As another means, however, he once again recalled President David O. McKay’s great challenge: “Every member a missionary.”

Stating that it is unrealistic to expect that 19,000—or even 100,000—missionaries could cover the whole globe, President Kimball called upon priesthood leaders to teach every family in the Church to assume their responsibility for family-to-family friendshiping in cooperation with full-time missionaries. “Members should be finders,” he said.

“If only two million of the Latter-day Saints energetically and fully accepted the challenge of President McKay … certainly we could extend our efforts … and build the kingdom and eventually knock at every door.”

President Kimball then dwelt at length upon another very important aspect of the Church’s missionary effort, that of carrying the gospel message to the Lamanites.

Recalling his recent experiences among the Lamanite Saints in South America, he said, “I seemed to see a vision of tens of thousands of priesthood bearers, leaders in thousands of wards and stakes in hundreds of mountain valleys … and I could seem to hear Father Lehi and Mormon and Moroni and Samuel and a host of fond parents and prophets praising God for this long-promised miracle.” President Kimball then called for “special attention” to the missionary work among the Lamanites.

President Kimball next turned to another area of concern to him: the Jews. Noting that the gathering of the Jews to Jerusalem and the establishment of the gospel of Jesus Christ among them in this generation were set forth with great plainness in the scriptures, President Kimball said, “Is it not timely that we began to preach to Judah as well as the other tribes?” Pointing out the fact that there are more Jews in the United States than in all the rest of the world, he continued: “Should we not now increase our effort to reach them? This does not mean a mission to Jerusalem in these troubled times, but we could begin to reach out for our Jewish brothers just as we do for all others.”

He closed with a final admonition to priesthood leaders to teach the membership of the Church to “move forward with Jesus Christ our Advocate to establish the Church among the inhabitants of the earth.”

Four new Regional Representatives of the Twelve were introduced at the seminar: Hal R. Johnson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, who will represent the Brazil Sao Paulo and Brazil Sao Paulo South regions and the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission; Morris A. Kjar of Salt Lake City, who will represent the Bear Lake and Logan regions; J. W. Child of Salt Lake City, who will represent the Fresno and Modesto regions and the California Oakland Mission; and Richard L. Warner of Salt Lake City, whose assignments are as yet unannounced.

In an introduction to a presentation by the Missionary Executive Committee, Elder Howard W. Hunter, of the Council of the Twelve, cited a net increase of 1,356 missionaries in the field and the establishment of 18 new missions as evidence of the extent to which the missionary work has been enlarged in the past year. He also said that the Church plans to phase out the language training missions at Ricks College and the Brigham Young University/ Hawaii Campus in preparation for a vast expansion of the language training mission at Brigham Young University in Provo—this in keeping with a goal of establishing training in five new languages and entering five new countries each year.

Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, of the First Council of the Seventy, outlined a plan for expanded missionary activity among seventies quorums. He also emphasized the fact that the basic responsibility for missionary work in the Church lies with the members, not the missionaries, and that priesthood leaders should teach families to use the home to teach the gospel to other families. “You can change the world if you will act,” he said.

In a multimedia presentation prepared by the Church Board of Education that indicated the extent to which the seminary and institute program has grown worldwide, Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve and Church Commissioner of Education, set forth reasons for participation in seminary and institute classes by young people: (1) Seminary or institute attendance is a strong factor encouraging young people to serve missions. (2) Almost all of those who serve missions subsequently marry in the temple. Priesthood leaders were encouraged to teach parents the value of seminary and institute experience.

In the Aaronic Priesthood Executive Committee presentation, Presiding Bishop Victor L. Brown stressed the fact that the number one responsibility of a bishop and his counselors is with the youth of the ward. They pointed out that Aaronic Priesthood quorums are successful when their presidencies were functioning in the same active way Melchizedek Priesthood quorum presidencies function.

L. Dale Hanks, president of the Calgary Alberta Stake, also addressed the seminar on the subject of quorum activity and the responsibility of bishoprics. VarSelle Weaver, deacons quorum adviser in the Meridian 1st Ward, Meridian Idaho Stake, delivered a slide presentation showing the success of his quorum presidency in caring for and watching over the quorum members.

President Spencer W. Kimball and Elder Ezra Taft Benson, president of the Council of the Twelve, confer at the Regional Representatives seminar.

Report of Welfare Services Meeting

At the Welfare Services session of general conference, held Saturday, April 5, at 7:00 A.M., the Presiding Bishopric, under the direction of the First Presidency, who were present and presiding, presented a model of how the family and the Church should work together to meet the social, emotional, health, and economic needs of all its members.

Using a slide presentation, Presiding Bishop Victor L. Brown stressed that welfare services begin in the home and that the individual should turn first to his family when problems arise. The Melchizedek Priesthood, through home teachers, should also be “actively concerned,” he said, “always emphasizing prevention.”

Bishop Brown also outlined the roles of the bishop, Relief Society, ward and stake welfare services committees, resource persons, and Church social services agencies.

Sister Barbara Smith, general president of the Relief Society, responded to the Presiding Bishopric’s presentation by saying, “We stand ready, as we always have, to work hand in hand with the priesthood in welfare services.”

Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve also spoke, outlining guides for money management and emphasizing its importance in marriage and families. He said money management should take precedence over money earning, and should be on a partnership basis. Children should also be involved, he said. He noted that many divorces and other family problems are the result of money mismanagement.

Specific suggestions he made include living within one’s means, teaching children the importance of work and saving for something, paying obligations promptly, using a budget, avoiding debt, being careful with credit cards, working toward home ownership, having an insurance program, striving to cope with inflation, and systematically storing food.

President Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency briefly spoke of the history of the welfare program and his involvement in it. He was followed by President Spencer W. Kimball, who urged avoidance of debt and waste and encouraged members to be thrifty.

“We wouldn’t think of going one day without a budget in the Church. We do not spend that which we do not have,” he said, and encouraged all families in the Church to follow this example.

Report of Sunday School Conference

The excitement of Sunday School general conference peaked Thursday evening, April 3, as two new counselors to General President Russell M. Nelson were sustained. President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency announced at that session that B. Lloyd Poelman and Joe J. Christensen had been called to succeed Joseph B. Wirthlin and Richard L. Warner. Elder Wirthlin was sustained the following day as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve and Brother Warner had been called as a Regional Representative of the Council of the Twelve. Brother Poelman, a Salt Lake City attorney, has served on the Sunday School general board since 1971, and Brother Christensen continues in his position as associate commissioner of education for seminaries and institutes.

The conference, with overflow crowds in all sessions, began early Thursday morning in the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City and included a full day of workshops, displays, and discussions for various phases of Sunday School work. They covered subjects from how to do lettering, make flannelboards, and use visual aid equipment, to Sunday Schools for the handicapped, correlated reports, curriculum, and public relations. Eight 16-millimeter films and four filmstrips were also shown.

One especially emphasized discussion was on activation. President Nelson attended and reminded the Sunday School leaders that “we are also the activators and fellowshipers in President Kimball’s missionary program.” The leaders were asked to share problems they have had in activation and then others in the audience related how they had solved similar situations. This and several other workshop sessions were repeated throughout the day to accommodate the large numbers of Sunday School leaders who attended.

At a Thursday afternoon session, new materials were presented. The Sunday School Executive Handbook has replaced the Guidebook for Superintendents and will phase out the old handbook. The new handbook will be used by all stake and ward Sunday School leaders, priesthood leaders with Sunday School stewardships, and all others interested. It is soon to be translated into a number of languages and constitutes Church policy on Sunday School matters. All new materials were available at the conference and can also be obtained now through Church Distribution.

Three self-training courses for ward and stake Sunday School leaders were also presented. Rapid leadership turnover, with Sunday School presidents serving an average of less than two years, has generated the need for these courses. They each include a workbook, cassette tape, and other publications which orient Sunday School leaders in their positions. Sunday School leaders emphasized that all stake and ward Sunday School leaders can benefit from them, not just new ones.

Also introduced were a new Course 12 teacher’s supplement and a new Course 16 teacher’s manual, which utilizes Ensign magazine conference reports; a Family Relations course, and special helps for exceptional students.

That evening, in the meeting at which the change in the general Sunday School presidency was announced, each of the incoming and outgoing counselors spoke briefly, as well as general board member Dr. Anne Osborn and President Nelson. Concluding speaker was Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve, who used the story of Daniel to illustrate the necessity of pursuing “a more excellent way. Have you ever contemplated what it means to be a little lower than the angels?” he asked.

The conference closed Friday morning with the traditional Sunday School breakfast, this one being the “largest ever.” At the breakfast, President Nelson advised Sunday School leaders to follow three guides that he has received from the Brethren: use the approved programs of the Church, increase efforts at activation, and encourage members to bring scriptures to Sunday School.

Elder O. Leslie Stone, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve, concluded the breakfast by making additional specific suggestions for the proper operation of Sunday Schools. These included special attention to non-attenders, starting and stopping on time, a prepared program, good greeters and ushers, avoiding announcements (they should be printed on the program), and encouraging priesthood leaders and holders to attend.

Top left: President Russell M. Nelson addresses Sunday School conference. Top right: Sunday School workers learn how to effectively use overhead transparencies. Bottom: Sunday School conference participants pick up surplus materials which were available as lesson supplements.

Report of Primary Conference

The organ moved smoothly from a prelude into the soft strains of “Reverently, Quietly.” Thousands of Primary leaders who had gathered in the Tabernacle hushed to stillness and, without announcement, followed the music director in singing the prayer song. The 69th Annual Conference of the Primary Association had begun the same way Primaries do each week all around the world.

Conducting the sessions was Sister Naomi M. Shumway, who has been Primary general president for the past six months. She greeted the sisters: “Your presence here tells us of the planning, preparation, and sacrifices you have made to be here and we thank you and bless you.”

The assembled sisters saw the conference theme presentation, “Catch the Vision of Primary,” and heard Elder LeGrand Richards of the Council of the Twelve say of a former Primary teacher, “I can’t remember all the things she taught, but I remember her influence.”

Departmental meetings for presidents, first counselors, second counselors, secretaries, music leaders, inservice leaders, Scouting directors, and Cub Scout leaders centered on the conference theme as stake and district Primary leaders caught the vision of their own individual responsibilities. Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, was a guest speaker in the presidents department.

The second day of the conference brought the sisters back, jam-packed, into the Tabernacle. Here the phasing out of the Primary Penny Parade was announced, and a new Primary Birthday Pennies program was outlined, where the Primary will encourage children and Primary workers Churchwide to share their pennies, nickels, and dimes when they are honored in Primary for their birthdays. There will be no canvassing of ward membership. The new program will be in effect in September 1975.

Brief presentations of the 1975–76 programs were previewed: the Reverence theme will be “Follow Me,” and Bicentennial and patriotic activities will be part of the year’s work; the summer program for 1975 will be highlighted by a “Summer Sing,” and the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation will focus on preparing for the Second Coming. The hymn of the year will be “Come, Ye Children of the Lord.”

Cautioning that statistics too often reflect quantity but not necessarily quality, Primary leaders were challenged to set goals that would improve the effectiveness of their Primaries.

Highlights of the closing session included a presentation, “Encircle the World with Primary.” Expressions of love came from Sister LaVern W. Parmley, past president, and from President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency, who counseled, “We may write names on a roll and put marks there for attendance, and we keep records and compile statistics, but we are not teaching a statistic—we are teaching a child of God.”

Closing the conference, Sister Shumway stated, “We, as Primary workers, must catch the vision of Primary so that not one child might spiritually perish. We must help parents cement faith, understanding, and the steadfastness of the gospel so that children will be found equal to the challenge of the future.”

Top left: Sister Naomi Shumway, Primary general president, addresses conference. Top right: Young participant in Primary conference. Bottom: Departmental meeting that gave Primary workers many ideas for visual aids.

New Tabernacle Choir President and Conductor Named

As part of the business of general conference, it was announced that Oakley S. Evans will replace Isaac M. Stewart as president of the Tabernacle Choir and that Jerold Don Ottley, formerly the Choir’s acting director, will serve as its conductor.

Brother Evans, who begins his assignment on September 1, has a broad background in business administration and has been president of the ZCMI department stores since 1973. He was formerly vice-president of corporate development of the J.C. Penney Company.

Brother Stewart has been president of the Choir since 1962 and is also a prominent businessman and lawyer.

The new conductor, Brother Ottley, served as associate director of the Choir from July to December 1974, when he was made acting director.

Oakley S. Evans

Jerold Don Ottley

Mission Presidents Called

The First Presidency has announced the calling of a large group of new mission presidents, some of whom will preside over new missions and others will replace presidents soon to return home.

Newly called presidents and their wives from outside the United States have been called to serve in their native countries. The presidents include: Abraham Lozano of Mexico City to the Mexico Villahermosa Mission, Angel Miguel Fernandez of Cordoba to the Argentina Rosario Mission, Saul Messias de Olivera of Santo Andre to the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission, Helio de Roche Camargo of Sao Paulo to the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission, Raymond Rene Baudin of Papeete to the Tahiti Papeete Mission, Leopoldo Larcher of Travagliato to the Italy Rome Mission, Hans-Juergen Saager of Bad Homburg to the Germany Duesseldorf Mission, and Hector R. Paredes of Chihuahua to the Mexico Veracruz Mission.

Brethren living outside the United States who will be serving in countries other than their own include: John Arthur Harris of Montevideo, Uruguay, to the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission; John Anthony Grinceri of Hamersley, West Australia, to the new Italy Bologna Mission; Kenneth Molony Palmer of Auckland, New Zealand, to the Fiji Suva Mission; and Derek A. Cuthbert of Nottingham, England, to the Scotland Edinburgh Mission.

The following presidents were called from the United States: Rex Cropper Reeve, Sr., of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the California Anaheim Mission; Stanford W. Bird of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the New Zealand Wellington Mission; Stephen B. Mahoney of Orem, Utah, to the Finland Helsinki Mission; E. LaMar Buckner of Ogden, Utah, to the California Sacramento Mission; Douglas Lane Callister of Glendale, California, to the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission; Grant R. Oscarson of Ballwin, Missouri, to the Sweden Stockholm Mission; John Langeland of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Norway Oslo Mission; President Ernest Eberhard, Jr., now presiding over the Idaho Pocatello Mission, to the Utah Salt Lake City Mission; Soren Franklin Cox of Provo, Utah, to the Singapore Mission; Ronald M. Patterson of Zionsville, Indiana, to the new Nevada Las Vegas Mission; Roger B. Beitler of Glendale, California, to the Brazil Sao Paulo South Mission; Jay E. Jensen of Orem, Utah, to the Colombia Cali Mission; Douglas Allan Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the England London Mission; Isauro Gutierrez of Chula Vista, California, to the new Mexico Guadalajara Mission; Larry Hyde Brim of Mission Viejo, California, to the new Belgium Antwerp Mission; Neil Pratt Christenson of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Illinois Chicago Mission; Jack H. Goaslind, Jr., of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Arizona Tempe Mission; Virgil Jon Parker of Orem, Utah, to the Belgium Brussels Mission; Gerald B. Lambourne of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Colorado Denver Mission; Kenneth Wendel Godfrey of Ogden, Utah, to the new Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission; Eldon Jones Callister of Merced, California, to the England Birmingham Mission; Howard W. Barben of West Jordan, Utah, to the Alaska Anchorage Mission; Devere R. McAllister of Logan, Utah, to the Bolivia LaPaz Mission; L. Brent Goates of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the California Arcadia Mission; J. Martell Bird of Monterey Park, California, to preside over the Salt Lake Missionary Home; William W. Cannon of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Hawaii Honolulu Mission; Joel R. Garrett of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the California Los Angeles Mission; Roger Leo Hansen of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Denmark Copenhagen Mission; Reed A. Benson of Pleasant Grove, Utah, to the Kentucky Louisville Mission; Douglas Wayne Owens of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Canada Montreal Mission; William R. Bradford of McAllen, Texas, to the Chile Santiago Mission; Lester D. Haymore of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the new Chile Concepcion Mission; Erwin Emil Wirkus of Idaho Falls, Idaho, to the Austria Vienna Mission; Milton Allen Barlow of Chevy Chase, Maryland, to the New York Rochester Mission; John Mack Richards Covey of Provo, Utah, to the Australia Melbourne Mission; Sherman Merrill Crump of Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Idaho Pocatello Mission; Ronald L. Knighton of Centerville, Utah, to the South Carolina Columbia Mission; and Richard M. Richards of East Peoria, Illinois, to the Arkansas Little Rock Mission.

Twelve New Missions Announced

The First Presidency has announced the organization of 12 new missions in the Church, including one in Indonesia, one in Italy, one in Australia, two in South America, and seven in the United States.

They are: Indonesia Djakarta, created from a division of the Singapore Mission; Italy Bologna, created from the Italy Rome Mission; Australia Perth, from the Australia Adelaide Mission; Chile Concepcion, from the Chile Santiago Mission; and Colombia Cali, from the Colombia Bogota.

New missions in the United States are Arkansas Little Rock, California Fresno, Nevada Las Vegas, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, South Carolina Columbia, Tennessee Nashville, and Utah Salt Lake City. This is the first time Salt Lake City has been included in a regular mission.

maps of new missions

Arizona Temple Rededicated

President Spencer W. Kimball rededicated the Arizona Temple in six services April 15 and 16. The temple, which had been closed for a year for remodeling, has now been reopened for regular sessions.

In addition to being broadcast to the audience in the temple, the dedicatory services were transmitted by closed circuit television to the nearby visitors center and tri-stake center. The three buildings have a combined capacity of 4,600 seats.

The temple was originally dedicated in 1927, but rededication was deemed necessary because of extensive interior remodeling and the addition of an annex. For two weeks prior to the rededication the temple was open for public tours; in the first day alone it was viewed by 16,273 persons.

Additional information about the dedication will appear in the June Ensign.

Views of newly remodeled Arizona Temple, including an interior view of the baptismal font. The covers and inside covers of this issue also feature the Arizona Temple. (Photographs by Eldon Linschoten and Frank Gale. Pictures copyright by the Corporation of the President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)