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General Authorities Receive New Assignments for New Zones

The First Presidency has announced new advisory and supervisory assignments for some General Authorities, who will administer newly created geographic zones within the Church. Zones comprise a number of areas, the term previously used to designate major subdivisions within Church administrative-geographic structure.

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve who have been serving as Area Advisers have been released from this responsibility to concentrate on other duties. Advisers for zones will be the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and four additional members of the quorum. Zone Advisers will report to the Quorum of the Twelve. Area Supervisors will be members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and will report to the Zone Advisers.

Elder James E. Faust, Elder J. Thomas Fyans, and Elder A. Theodore Tuttle of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, who have been serving as resident Area Supervisors in Latin America, will now return to Salt Lake City. They will be succeeded by other members of the quorum.

Four members of the quorum currently serving as mission presidents, Elder Gene R. Cook, Elder William R. Bradford, Elder M. Russell Ballard, and Elder Royden G. Derrick, will return to Salt Lake City this summer to assume their new responsibilities as Area Supervisors.

Here are the new zones (indicated in italics) and the areas within the zones: Utah: Ogden-North, Salt Lake. Provo-Cedar City, Bountiful: California-Arizona: Phoenix-Los Angeles, San Francisco-Sacramento; Northwest-British Columbia: Seattle-Boise, Alaska, Portland-Spokane, British Columbia; Midwest and East: Atlanta-Charlotte-Hattiesburg-Tallahassee-Memphis-Orlando, St. Louis-Chicago-Pittsburgh-Lansing-Indianapolis-Minneapolis, Boston-Washington, Syracuse-New York; Plains and Southwest: Billings-Denver, Kansas City-Sioux Falls, Albuquerque-Dallas, Houston-Lubbock-Oklahoma City; Mexico and Central America: Mexico-Central America; South America: Brazil, South America, West Andes, South America East; Great Britain, Europe, and South Africa: Europe West, British Isles-South Africa, Europe; Australia, New Zealand, and South Seas: Australia-New Zealand, Hawaii-Pacific Isles; Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Philippines: Japan-Korea, Southeast Asia-Philippines; Canada: Canada.

The Seattle Temple

[illustration] The Seattle Temple will become more than an architect’s rendering in approximately two years as bids are received and construction begins later this summer. The temple, originally announced by President Spencer W. Kimball in November 1975, will be located in Bellevue, Washington, on the eastern shore of Lake Washington across from Seattle. It will serve some 180,000 members of the Church in Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska. A full-colorprint of the architect’s rendering will be featured in the August Ensign as part of the current series on Latter-day Saint temples.

Young Men General Presidency Called

The First Presidency has announced a new general presidency of the Young Men of the Church. The new Young Men president is Neil D. Schaerrer, with Graham W. Doxey as first counselor and Quinn G. McKay as second counselor, all three of Salt Lake City.

A broadening and strengthening of the Young Men and Young Women programs were announced and outlined in detail at the Churchwide regional meetings held during the month of June.

President Schaerrer, whose Church service includes three years as president of the Austria Vienna Mission, has also served in the Utah state legislature and as assistant Utah attorney general. He and his wife have four children.

President Doxey, a real estate executive, has served as stake president, president of the Missouri Independence Mission, and a member of the Melchizedek Priesthood General Committee. He and his wife Mary Louise are the parents of twelve children, eleven of whom are now living.

President McKay, senior vice-president of a chain of retail stores, has served as bishop three times and as a counselor in a stake presidency. He and his wife Shirley have five children.

The Young Men presidency is backed by a fifteen-member general board with Lynn Summerhays as executive secretary.

Together with the previously called Young Women presidency, the new Young Men presidency will serve under the direction of Elder Marion D. Hanks, who is managing director of the Priesthood Department’s youth section (see April Ensign, p. 94.)

This restructuring of the general presidency of the Young Men will be duplicated at the stake and ward levels, as detailed at the June regional meetings. (See August Ensign for a review of regional meeting details.) Ordinarily, three men who are not high councilors are called by the stake presidency to serve as the stake Young Men presidency. At the ward level, the Young Men presidency will consist of the priests quorum adviser as president, with the advisers to the teachers and deacons quorums as his counselors. One of the counselors in the bishopric should be assigned to oversee the youth programs of the ward.

In addition, stakes will generally organize Young Women presidencies, and at the ward level, Young Women presidencies will ordinarily also serve.

In announcing the new presidency, the Brethren stressed that although the new Young Men presidencies in the wards handle activities for the Young Men, the bishoprics are still responsible for the affairs of their respective quorums.

The new presidency, along with the Young Women General Presidency, introduced a new, 200-page publication entitled The Activity Book, a compilation of over 400 activities of all kinds that youth can use when they plan their objectives and activities. In addition, a new book entitled My Personal Progress will assist each young woman in setting and achieving goals for personal progress achievements during the six years she is in the Young Women program.

President Schaerrer said that one of the goals of the new presidency is to continue the Church emphasis on “a well-rounded program for the development of youth.” There are some 270,000 Latter-day Saint young men in the 12 to 18 age bracket, and approximately 250,000 young women of comparable age.

general presidency of the Young Men

The new general presidency of the Young Men, from left: President Neil D. Schaerrer; President Graham W. Doxey, first counselor; and President Quinn G. McKay, second counselor.

LDS Scene

New President for Deseret News

Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Council of the Twelve has been elected the new president and chairman of the board of the Church-owned Deseret News Publishing Company. The company operates the Deseret News daily newspaper and the Deseret Press. Elder Monson succeeds Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve, who has been president of the company for six years and a member of the board for seventeen years. Elder James E. Faust of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy was elected vice-chairman. Newly elected members of the board are: Robert H. Bischoff, bank president; Wm. James Mortimer, general manager of Deseret Book Company; Dallin H. Oaks, president of Brigham Young University; and Emma Lou Thayne, Utah poet and community leader. Other board members are Elder Monson, Elder Faust, and Presiding Bishop Victor L. Brown. D. Arthur Haycock was renamed corporation secretary-treasurer.

U.S. Delegate Elder Hanks

Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy recently attended the Fifth International Conference on Trim and Fitness in Paris, France, as a representative of the United States President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, of which he is a member.

Elder Sterling W. Sill Concludes Radio Program Assignment

Elder Paul H. Dunn of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy has succeeded Elder Sterling W. Sill of the First Quorum of the Seventy as the speaker on the regular “Sunday Evening from Temple Square” radio program.

The program has been carried by some 370 radio stations across the United States, with additional broadcasts in Ontario and Alberta, Canada, and Brisbane, Australia.

Assigned to host “Sunday Evening from Temple Square” in April 1960, Elder Sill has been a familiar voice on the program for seventeen years. However, failing eyesight resulting from retinal deterioration, first discovered more than five years ago, has recently made the preparation of his talks an increasingly difficult challenge.

Elder Dunn, a General Authority of the Church since 1964, will continue the weekly broadcasts, with music provided by the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus.