The First Presidency has called Elders Charles Didier and L. Aldin Porter to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy.
The assignments, effective August 15, were made in anticipation of the granting of emeritus status in October 1992 to two members of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Marion D. Hanks and Elder Robert L. Backman.
Elder Didier will succeed Elder Hanks as executive director of the Church’s Priesthood Department. Elder Porter will succeed Elder Backman as executive director of the Missionary Department.
Elder Didier, 56, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since October 1975, is currently serving as second counselor in the Utah North Area. He earlier served as president of the South America North Area, as a mission president, a regional representative, and the manager for distribution and translation in Europe. A native of Belgium, Elder Didier has a degree in economics from the University of Liège. He and his wife, Lucie, have two sons.
Elder Porter, 60, was born in Salt Lake City. He is currently serving as president of the Utah South Area. He was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1987. He earlier served as a temple president, a mission president, a regional representative, a stake president, and a bishop. A Brigham Young University graduate, he worked as an executive in a financial planning company prior to his call to full-time Church service. He and his wife, Shirley, are the parents of six children.
Biographies of eight of the fifteen newly sustained members of the Seventy were printed in the August 1992 issue. Following are the biographies of the remaining seven.