The Sustaining of Church Officers

Gordon B. Hinckley

First Counselor in the First Presidency


Gordon B. Hinckley
 

My brothers and sisters, in harmony with the principle of common consent as set forth in the revelation, I shall now present to you the General Authorities and general officers of the Church for your sustaining vote.

It is proposed that we sustain Ezra Taft Benson as prophet, seer, and revelator and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Gordon B. Hinckley as First Counselor in the First Presidency; and Thomas S. Monson as Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

Those in favor may manifest it. Any who feel otherwise may so manifest it.

It is proposed that we sustain Howard W. Hunter as President of the Council of the Twelve Apostles and the following as members of that council: Howard W. Hunter, Boyd K. Packer, Marvin J. Ashton, L. Tom Perry, David B. Haight, James E. Faust, Neal A. Maxwell, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Joseph B. Wirthlin, and Richard G. Scott. Those in favor, please manifest it. Any who may feel otherwise.

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

All in favor. Any who feel to the contrary may indicate by the same sign.

It is proposed that we extend an official vote of release and appreciation to Elders Marion D. Hanks and Robert L. Backman for their service as members of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy and that they be designated as emeritus members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

With gratitude for their service as General Authorities, it is proposed that we release the following who have served as members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy: George R. Hill III, John R. Lasater, Douglas J. Martin, Glen L. Rudd, Douglas H. Smith, and Lynn A. Sorensen.

It is proposed that Bishop Henry B. Eyring and Bishop Glenn L. Pace be released as First and Second Counselors, respectively, in the Presiding Bishopric.

Those who wish to vote in a note of appreciation for the great service of these Brethren may so indicate.

It is proposed that we sustain as Presidents of the Quorums of the Seventy: Elders Dean L. Larsen, James M. Paramore, J. Richard Clarke, Rex D. Pinegar, Carlos E. Asay, Charles Didier, and L. Aldin Porter.

All in favor, please manifest it. Any opposed.

Since April conference, Elders Carlos H. Amado, Ben B. Banks, Spencer J. Condie, and Robert K. Dellenbach have been called as members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

It is proposed that we sustain Henry B. Eyring and Glenn L. Pace as members of the First Quorum of Seventy. All who can join in sustaining these Brethren may so indicate. If there be any to the contrary, please indicate by the same sign.

Elders Lino Alvarez, Dallas N. Archibald, Merrill J. Bateman, C. Max Caldwell, Gary J. Coleman, John B. Dickson, John E. Fowler, Jay E. Jensen, Augusto A. Lim, John M. Madsen, V. Dallas Merrell, David E. Sorensen, F. David Stanley, Tai Kwok Yuen, and Lowell D. Wood have been called as members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy since the April conference.

Those who wish to sustain this action and these Brethren may so indicate it. Any opposed.

It is proposed that we sustain H. David Burton as First Counselor and Richard C. Edgley as Second Counselor to Bishop Robert D. Hales in the Presiding Bishopric.

Those in favor, please indicate. Any opposed.

It is proposed that we give a vote of appreciation to Elders Hugh W. Pinnock, Hartman Rector, Jr., and Clinton L. Cutler for their service as the Sunday School general presidency and to Elders Robert K. Dellenbach and Stephen D. Nadauld for their service as first and second counselors, respectively, in the Young Men general presidency.

All who wish to join in this may so indicate.

It is proposed that we sustain Elders Merlin R. Lybbert, Clinton L. Cutler, and Ronald E. Poelman as the Sunday School general presidency and that we sustain Elders Stephen D. Nadauld and L. Lionel Kendrick as first and second counselors, respectively, in the Young Men General Presidency. Those in favor, please indicate. Any opposed.

It is proposed that we sustain the other General Authorities and general officers of the Church as presently constituted. All in favor. Any who may be opposed.

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

We invite the new Counselors in the Presiding Bishopric to take their places on the stand at this time.

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your vote of love and support.

Now, for the information of the members of the Church.

We are pleased to announce that work is proceeding on schedule for the San Diego California Temple, which will likely be dedicated next spring. Work is also on schedule for the Orlando Florida and Bountiful Utah temples. Architectural work is proceeding, looking in the near future to the construction of the temples in St. Louis, Missouri; Bogotá, Colombia; and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

We are also pleased to announce that property has been designated for the construction of a new temple in Hong Kong to serve the needs of our people in that great area of Asia, and another in Hartford, Connecticut, to accommodate Church members from the New York, Boston, and New England areas, and also another temple in Utah County to relieve the pressure on the Provo Temple, which is operating far beyond its designed capacity. We anticipate that there will be others, the location of which will be announced later.

Thank you.