“Four General Authorities Called to First Quorum of Seventy; Fifteen New General Authorities Called to Second Quorum,” Ensign, Aug. 1992, 74–75
The First Presidency has announced that fifteen new General Authorities have been called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In addition, four members of the Second Quorum have been called to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Called to serve in the First Quorum are Elders Carlos H. Amado, Ben B. Banks, Spencer J. Condie, and Robert K. Dellenbach.
New members of the Second Quorum are Elders Lino Alvarez, Dallas N. Archibald, Merrill J. Bateman, C. Max Caldwell, Gary J. Coleman, John B. Dickson, John E. Fowler, Jay E. Jensen, Augusto A. Lim, John M. Madsen, V. Dallas Merrell, David Sorensen, F. David Stanley, Kwok Yuen Tai, and Lowell D. Wood.
The First Presidency said that the new General Authorities have been called in anticipation of releases to the five-year members of the Seventy and granting emeritus status to others of the Seventy at the October general conference, thus creating vacancies in area presidencies. In addition, a new area presidency will be needed in Mexico, with a scheduled division of the existing Mexico Area into the Mexico North Area based in Monterrey, and the Mexico South Area with headquarters in Mexico City.
Elder Amado was called to the Seventy on 1 April 1989. Currently serving as first counselor in the Central America Area presidency, Elder Amado graduated from the Technical Vocational Institute of Guatemala City and worked as a technical draftsman before becoming an area director for the Church Educational System.
Elder Banks, first counselor in the North America Southeast Area presidency, was also sustained to the Seventy on 1 April 1989. A former owner and president of a lumber company, Elder Banks served as mission president and stake president before becoming a General Authority.
Elder Condie was called to the Seventy on 1 April 1989. Currently serving as president of the Europe Mediterranean Area, Elder Condie is a former mission president and stake president. Prior to his call, he was a professor of sociology and ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.
Elder Dellenbach, called to the Seventy on 31 March 1990, currently serves as second counselor in the North America Northeast Area presidency and first counselor in the Young Men general presidency. A former mission president, he also served as president, vice-president, and business manager of various universities.
Elder Alvarez is a native of Mexico and has been serving as director of the Church Educational System in that country. He and his wife, Argelia Villaneuva Alvarez, are parents of three children.
Elder Archibald has been a business executive in São Paulo, Brazil. He and his wife, Linda Ritchie Archibald, are parents of one child.
Elder Bateman, Provo, Utah, is a management consultant. He and his wife, Marilyn Scholes Bateman, have seven children.
Elder Caldwell, Springville, Utah, has been a professor of religion at Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Bonnie Adamson Caldwell, have four children.
Elder Coleman, Pleasant View, Utah, has been serving as associate director of the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to Weber State University. He and his wife, Judith Renee England Coleman, have six children.
Elder Dickson, Arlington, Washington, has been in the lumber business. He and his wife, Delores Anne Jones Dickson, are the parents of eight children.
Elder Fowler, Sandy, Utah, is a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Marie Spilsbury Fowler, are the parents of six children.
Elder Jensen, Orem, Utah, has been an employee of the Curriculum Department of the Church. He and his wife, Lona Lee Child Jensen, have six children.
Elder Lim most recently served as president of the Philippines Naga Mission and is a lawyer by profession. He and his wife, Myrna Garcia Lim, have eight children.
Elder Madsen, Sandy, Utah, has been a professor at Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Diane Dursteler Madsen, are the parents of six children.
Elder Merrell, Murray, Utah, is a management and research consultant. He and his wife, Karen Dixon Merrell, are the parents of nine children.
Elder Sorensen, Las Vegas, Nevada, owns a cattle ranch and other enterprises. He and his wife, Verla Anderson Sorensen, have two children.
Elder Stanley, Salt Lake City, most recently served as president of the Boise Idaho Mission. He and his wife, Annette Shewell Stanley, have eight children.
Elder Tai most recently served as president of the Hong Kong Mission. He and his wife, Lai Wai Wah Tai, are the parents of three children.
Elder Wood has been director of temporal affairs for the Church in Manila, Philippines. He and his wife, Lorna Cox Woods, are the parents of five children.
Following are brief biographical sketches of eight of the new General Authorities. Biographical sketches of the remaining seven new General Authorities will be printed in next month’s Ensign (September 1992).