“LDS Scene,” Ensign, Apr. 1977, 95
New Position: Presiding Bishopric Area Supervisor
W. Gordon Christensen, Farmington, Utah, has been appointed as the first Presiding Bishopric Area Supervisor. Brother Christensen will reside in Mexico City and be responsible for Church matters dealing with temporal affairs both in Mexico and in Central America. A second Presiding Bishopric Area Supervisor, Merrill R. Petty, also from Farmington, has been assigned to serve the Great Britain and South Africa areas. Presiding Bishopric Area Supervisors will be concerned with such matters as physical facilities, welfare programs, and financial matters. All ecclesiastical affairs will be under the direction of the General Authority Area Supervisors in the ecclesiastical line.
Church Purchases Farm
The Church has purchased a 10,000-acre farm near Pecos, Texas. To be known as Deseret Farms of Texas, Inc., the land will be used to raise hay and grain. Other Church farms and properties include Deseret Farms of Florida, Inc., Deerpark, Florida; Deseret Ranches of Alberta, based near Lethbridge; Elberta Farms Corporation, Elberta, Utah; and Deseret Farms of California, Sacramento, California.
Sister Kimball Honored
Sister Camilla Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball, was awarded in mid-February the first Exemplary Womanhood Award by the women students at Brigham Young University during the second annual women’s conference there. Sister Kimball delivered the keynote address at the conference, which had as its theme “Woman: An Ever-Widening Circle” and featured three days of seminars and lectures by prominent LDS women in various areas of expertise.