A reorganization of the Sunday School general presidency was announced during the Saturday afternoon session of conference.
Released as Sunday School general president was Elder Charles Didier of the Seventy. Released as his counselors were Elder J Ballard Washburn and Elder F. Burton Howard, both of the Seventy. Elder Didier, released from the Presidency of the Seventy Aug. 15, is serving as first counselor in the Europe East Area presidency and Elder Washburn was released as a General Authority. (See separate story on page 5.)Sustained as the Sunday School general president was Elder Harold G. Hillam of the Presidency of the Seventy. Sustained as first and second counselors, respectively, were Elder F. Burton Howard and Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy.
Elder Hillam, 60, has been serving in the Presidency of the Seventy since Aug. 15, 1995. He was sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy March 31, 1990, and to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 6, 1991.
He was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Sugar City, Idaho. He attended BYU and earned a dental degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. An orthodontist, he has been president of the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Dental Society, Idaho State Orthodontic Society and president of the Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists.
At the time of his call to the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Hillam was serving as president of the Brazil Area. Before his call as a General Authority, he served as president of the Portugal Lisbon Mission, and as a regional representative, area welfare leader, regional welfare agent, stake president and as a counselor in a stake presidency. He also served as president of the Teton Peaks Council, Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Carol Lois Rasmussen Hillam, are the parents of seven children.
Elder Howard, 62, has been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since Sept. 30, 1978. He is first counselor in the North America Southeast Area presidency.
He was born March 24, 1933, in Logan, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University in Logan, and later received a law degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Before his call as a General Authority he was a managing partner in a Salt Lake City law firm, was special representative for the First Presidency in Latin American affairs, was an assistant attorney general for Utah, was chief counsel for the Utah Tax Commission, and was legal counsel for Mexico in the Intermountain Area.
Elder Howard is former president of the North America Northeast Area, has served in several area presidencies, and, before his call to full-time Church service, he served as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission, stake president and as a bishop. He and his wife, Caroline Heise Howard, are the parents of five children.
Elder Pace, 55, was sustained as second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric April 6, 1985, and sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy Oct. 3, 1992. He is currently first counselor in the North America Northwest Area presidency.
He was born March 21, 1940, in Provo, Utah. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in accounting from BYU. Before his call as a General Authority, he was a certified public accountant and was employed by a national accounting firm and was chief financial officer for a land development company. He also served as managing director of Church Welfare Services.
Elder Pace is former president of the Australia Sydney North Mission, and is a former bishop's counselor, stake clerk and elders quorum president. He and his wife, Jolene Clayson Pace, are the parents of six children.