Elders Rex D. Pinegar and Carlos E. Asay were sustained as new members of the Presidency of the Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session of the LDS Church's 159th Semiannual General Conference.
The appointments were the first of several changes in both quorums of the Seventy and in leadership of two church auxiliary organizations announced during the session. Eight church leaders were granted emeritus status, and eight others were released after filling their designated five-year terms.Elder Pinegar has been first counselor in the Young Men presidency and president of the North America Southeast Area. He was called to be a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on Oct. 6, 1972, while serving as president of the Virginia-North Carolina mission.
Elder Asay returns to the Presidency of the Seventy after serving in that capacity from 1980-86. He has most recently been serving as president of the Europe Area of the church. Sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 3, 1976, he is former executive director of both the missionary and curriculum departments and editor of church magazines.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, asked members to sustain the new leaders and offer a vote of thanks to those being released. In consideration of factors of age and health, members of the First Quorum of the Seventy granted emeritus status were:
Elder Theodore M. Burton, 82; Elder Robert L. Simpson, 74; Elder Victor L. Brown, 75; Elder Paul H. Dunn, 65; Elder J. Thomas Fyans, 71; Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter, 71; Elder Royden G. Derrick, 74; and Elder Rex C. Reeve, 74;
Released from the Second Quorum after filling their five-year terms were:
Elder Russell C. Taylor, 64; Elder Robert B. Harbertson, 57; Elder Devere Harris, 73; Elder Spencer H. Osborn, 68; Elder Philip T. Sonntag, 68; Elder John Sonnenberg, 67; Elder F. Arthur Kay, 73; and Elder Keith W. Wilcox, 68.
Changes in the presidencies of the Sunday School and the Young Men auxiliary organizations also were made.
Elder Hugh W. Pinnock, who was released as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, will take over as president of the Sunday School. His counselors will be Elders Derek A. Cuthbert and Ted E. Brewerton. Released were Sunday School president Elder Simpson and his counselor, Elder Harris.
Elder Pinnock will also serve as the new president of the North America Northwest Area.
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone will continue as president of the Young Men. New counselors sustained to that organization are Elders Jeffrey R. Holland and Monte J. Brough. Released as counselors were Elders Pinegar and Harbertson.
Members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy are charged with administering the affairs of the church under the direction of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve. Some serve as executive directors of departments at church headquarters, and others are assigned to area presidencies in 18 church-designated geographical regions.
The Young Men auxiliary provides spiritual, social and cultural training for young men ages 12 through 17. The Sunday School directs basic doctrinal and scriptural instruction provided in Sunday classes held in LDS Church meetinghouses around the world for members 12 years of age and older.