Called to Serve


A major theme of the 170th Annual General Conference was centered on bearing witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I have become His Apostle, appointed to do His will and teach His word. I repeat that witness of faith to you and to all who hear my voice this Sabbath morning. Jesus is my friend, my exemplar, my teacher, my healer, my leader, my Savior and Redeemer, my God and my King.” Many speakers reinforced the message issued by the Church in the document The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles (available in the April 2000 New Era).

All sessions of the 170th Annual General Conference were held in the new Conference Center. The building, the largest ever built specifically for religious worship, accommodates 21,000. Commenting on the structure, President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, said, “We’ve needed a much larger building to accommodate those who attend conference and other activities throughout the year. Workmen with finely honed skills have labored with their hearts and hands to provide a structure worthy of His divine approbation.”

At the Saturday afternoon session the First Presidency announced the callings of seven new General Authorities to serve in the Quorums of the Seventy. In addition, Elder Lance B. Wickman and Elder Lynn G. Robbins were sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy, having previously served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

Six new temples were added to the Church’s temple building efforts. Announced were temples for Aba, Nigeria; Ascunción, Paraguay; Helsinki, Finland; Lubbock, Texas; Snowflake, Arizona; and the tri-cities area of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick, Washington.

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Lynn G. Robbins

Elder Lynn G. Robbins

Elder Lance B. Wickman

Elder Lance B. Wickman

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, Honolulu, Hawaii

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Sandy, Utah

Second Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Douglas L. Callister

Elder Douglas L. Callister, La Cañada, California

Elder Darwin B. Christenson

Elder Darwin B. Christenson, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Elder Keith Crockett

Elder Keith Crockett, Pima, Arizona

Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie

Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie, Manti, Utah

Elder Robert C. Oaks

Elder Robert C. Oaks, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

[photos] The tremendous growth of the Church in 170 years was very much in evidence recently. The new Conference Center was filled to capacity for all five sessions of April general conference. New members were added to the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy. And the Palmyra New York Temple (below, left) was dedicated on April 6. (Photography by Craig Dimond and Matt Reier.)