“Elder Banks Called to Presidency of Seventy,” Ensign, Oct. 1999, 74
The First Presidency has announced a change in the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Ben B. Banks, who has served as a General Authority for 10 years, has been called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy. Released from the Presidency is Elder Joe J. Christensen, who has served there since 1993.
Elder Banks was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1989 and to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1992. He previously served as president of the Scotland Edinburgh Mission, as a stake president, and as a bishop of three different wards. He and his wife, Susan Kearnes Banks, have eight children.
The other members of the Presidency of the Seventy are Elders L. Aldin Porter, Harold G. Hillam, Earl C. Tingey, D. Todd Christofferson, Marlin K. Jensen, and David E. Sorensen.