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LDS sustain new Young Women's presidency

A new Young Women's general presidency was sustained, presidencies of the Young Men and the Sunday School were reorganized, and two new area authority/seventies were called during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference.

Margaret D. Nadauld of Bountiful, a member of the LDS Church's Relief Society General Board and civic worker, was sustained as the new general president of the Young Women. Carol B. Thomas, Holladay, and Sharon G. Larsen, Farmington, were named first and second counselors, respectively.President Nadauld succeeds Janette Hales Beckham, who was released along with Virginia H. Pearce, first counselor, and Sister Thomas, who has been serving as second counselor in the Young Women's presidency.

Two area authority/seventies were sustained during the session. They are Elders John A. Grinceri of Perth, Australia, and David W. Eka of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. They were assigned to the Third Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Grinceri is in the rental car business in Australia. He will serve in the Pacific Area. Elder Eka oversees production facilities and maintenance for the Nigerian facilities of an Italian oil company. His assignment is with the Africa Area.

President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency, presented the sustaining of officers and released 10 general authorities from their assignments.

Elders J. Richard Clarke, Dean L. Larsen and Robert E. Wells of the First Quorum of the Seventy were given emeritus status.

In addition, Elders Lino Alvarez, C. Max Caldwell, John E. Fowler, Augusto A. Lim, V. Dallas Merrell, F. David Stanley and Kwok Yuen Tai were released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy, having completed their five-year assignments.

In the Sunday School General Presidency, Elder F. Burton Howard was released as first counselor to Elder Harold G. Hillam. And Elder Glenn L. Pace was released as second counselor and sustained as first counselor. Elder Neil L. Andersen was sustained as second counselor.

In the Young Men's program, Elder F. David Stanley was released as first counselor to Elder Jack H Goaslind. And Elder Robert K. Dellenbach was released as second counselor and sustained as first counselor. Elder F. Melvin Hammond was sustained as second counselor.

The Sunday School and Young Men's counselors are members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

In the Young Women's presidency, President Nadauld is a native of Manti. A Brigham Young University graduate, she has taught English and speech in high schools in the Salt Lake Valley and in the Boston area. She is a past president of the Utah Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and past vice president of the Utah Chapter of American Mothers Inc.

Previously, she has served as ward Young Women's president, ward Relief Society president and counselor, ward and stake Primary counselor and teacher in all three organizations. She and her husband, Elder Stephen D. Nadauld, who was released last October from in the Second Quorum of the Seventy, are parents of seven children and have three grandchildren.

Sister Thomas, who has been second counselor for the past six months in the Young Women's presidency, is a native of Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah. Earlier, she served seven years on the Relief Society General Board, as stake Young Women's president, Primary president and Relief Society counselor. She and her husband, Dr. D. Ray Thomas, are parents of seven children and have 19 grandchildren.

Sister Larsen is national president of Lambda Delta Sigma, the church's sorority for college-age women. She was born in Glenwood, Alberta, Canada. She attended the University of Alberta and Brigham Young University, where she received a degree in elementary education.

She has been a schoolteacher in Utah and Missouri and a writer for a series of instructional television programs. She has twice served as a member of the Young Women General Board, was a stake Young Women's president, stake and ward Relief Society president and Sunday School teacher. She has also taught seminary and institute. She and her husband, Ralph T. Larsen, have two children and one grandchild.

Elder Pace, 57, has served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1992. Earlier, he was second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric for seven years and managing director of the church's Welfare Services Department for four years. A native of Provo, he is a Brigham Young University graduate and had a financial and accounting background before being called to full-time church service.

Elder Andersen, 46, was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1993. He serves as counselor in the Utah South Area presidency. He is a native of Logan and was vice president of an international industrial chemical company before being called to the Seventy.

Elder Dellenbach, 60, has been a member of the Seventy since 1990 and currently serves as first counselor in the Utah North Area presidency. He is a native of Salt Lake City and before being called as a general authority was an officer at several universities and had worked with the Salk Institute.

Elder Hammond, 63, has been a member of the Seventy since 1989. He is serving as first counselor in the North America Northwest Area presidency. He is a native of Blackfoot, Idaho, and is a former professor of religion at Ricks College. He served eight terms in the Idaho Legislature.

In a brief interview following the conference session, President Nadauld told of her love for women and young women throughout the world.

"I love young women very much. I am grateful that I will have the opportunity at this time in my life to serve them. I think this is an important season for women and young women in the world.

`Young women have so many choices and opportunities, probably more than they have ever had in the history of the world. It will be a wonderful experience for them to learn to set goals and work toward reaching them so that they can strive for their fullest potential," President Nadauld said.