The Sustaining of Church Officers


Thomas S. Monson

The Sustaining of Church Officers

My brothers and sisters, President Hinckley has requested that I now present to you the General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, and general auxiliary presidencies of the Church for your sustaining vote.

It is proposed that we sustain Gordon Bitner Hinckley as prophet, seer, and revelator and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Thomas Spencer Monson as First Counselor in the First Presidency; and James Esdras Faust as Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

Those in favor may manifest it.

Those opposed, if any, may manifest it.

It is proposed that we sustain Thomas Spencer Monson as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Boyd Kenneth Packer as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and the following as members of that quorum: Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Joseph B. Wirthlin, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, Henry B. Eyring, Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf, and David Allan Bednar.

Those in favor please manifest it.

Any opposed.

It is proposed that we sustain the Counselors in the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators.

All in favor please manifest it.

Contrary, if there be any, by the same sign.

In view of his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, it is proposed that we release Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf as a member of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy and as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. All who wish to join with us in doing so, please manifest it.

With gratitude for their service as members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, we extend an honorable release to Elders E. Ray Bateman, Val R. Christensen, Keith Crockett, Merrill C. Oaks, Gordon T. Watts, and Stephen A. West.

All who wish to join with us in doing so, please manifest it. Thank you.

We also extend a release to the following as Area Authority Seventies and express thanks for their diligent service: Juan A. Alvaradejo, Julio E. Alvarado, Modesto M. Amistad Jr., Horacio P. Araya, David A. Bednar, Robert K. Bills, Harold C. Brown, V. Francisco Chinchay, Armando Gaona, Eduardo A. Lamartine, Gary S. Matsuda, Julio E. Otay, Carlos L. Pedraja, Jorge A. Pedrero, João R. C. Martins Silva, Irajá B. Soáres, Héctor M. Verdugo, Jorge F. Zeballos.

Those who wish to join in an expression of appreciation, please indicate by the uplifted hand.

It is proposed that we sustain Elder Robert C. Oaks as a member of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy.

All in favor please manifest it.

Any opposed, by the same sign.

It is proposed that we sustain Andrew M. Ford as an Area Authority Seventy.

All in favor please manifest it.

Any opposed.

It is proposed that we sustain the other General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, and general auxiliary presidencies as presently constituted.

Those in favor please manifest it.

Any opposed may manifest it.

It appears that the sustaining has been unanimous in the affirmative.

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your faith and prayers.