“Emeritus Members of the First Quorum of the Seventy,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 99
“Out of consideration for the personal well-being of the individuals, and with deep appreciation for their devoted service,” the First Presidency announced on Saturday, September 30, the creation of a “new emeritus status” to be given “from time to time to designated members of the General Authorities.”
Sustained in this status were seven General Authorities whose names and influence have been felt throughout the length and breadth of the Church for a combined total of 125 years of service.
Hands were raised high in an emotional outpouring of love and affection for these brethren, in grateful appreciation by members present for their many years of inspired impact on the lives of millions of members throughout the world.
Sustained in the new emeritus status were:
—Elder Sterling W. Sill, age 75, after 24.5 years of service as a General Authority. He was called 6 April 1954.
—Elder Henry D. Taylor, age 74, after 20.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1958.
—Elder James A. Cullimore, age 72, after 12.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1966.
—Elder Joseph Anderson, age 88, after 8.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1970.
—Elder William H. Bennett, age 67, after 8.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1970.
—Elder John H. Vandenberg, age 73, after 17 years of service. He was called 30 September 1961.
—Elder S. Dilworth Young, age 81, after 33.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1945.
The seven brethren will continue as members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, participating in important First Quorum of the Seventy meetings and activities.