“Changes in General Authority Assignments Made,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 102–3
Ten members of the Seventy were released and a reorganization of the Young Men general presidency was sustained during the Saturday afternoon session of the 166th Semiannual General Conference.
Elder Earl C. Tingey was sustained as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, replacing Elder Carlos E. Asay, who was given General Authority emeritus status at the conference. That change was announced earlier (see Ensign, Aug. 1996, 71).
Elder Asay, who is currently serving as president of the Salt Lake Temple, has served 20 years in the First Quorum of the Seventy since being sustained a member of the Seventy on 3 April 1976. He has served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy twice, from 1980 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1996, for a total of 13 years.
Released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy after completion of five or more years of service were Elders Rulon G. Craven, Julio E. Dávila, Graham W. Doxey, In Sang Han, W. Mack Lawrence, Joseph C. Muren, Stephen D. Nadauld, Jorge A. Rojas, and Sam K. Shimabukuro.
A native of Utah, Elder Craven most recently served as second counselor in the Asia Area Presidency. Most recently, Elder Dávila, a native of Colombia, served as first counselor in the South America North Area. Elder Doxey, a native of Utah, served most recently as president of the Europe North Area. A native of Korea, Elder Han most recently served as assistant executive director of the Correlation Department. Elder Han has been called to serve as president of the Seoul Korea Temple. Elder Lawrence, a Utah native, most recently served as first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency. Born and reared in California, Elder Muren most recently served as president of the Central America Area. Elder Nadauld, born and reared in Idaho, served most recently as president of the North America Southeast Area. A native of Mexico, Elder Rojas most recently served as second counselor in the Central America Area. And Elder Shimabukuro, born in Hawaii, most recently served as first counselor in the Asia North Area.
Elder Nadauld was also released as first counselor to Elder Jack H Goaslind in the Young Men general presidency. Elder Vaughn J Featherstone, who had been serving as second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, was sustained as first counselor, and Elder F. David Stanley, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, was sustained as second counselor.