“New General Authorities Called, Education Fund Announced,” Ensign, May 2001, 103
Twelve men were sustained as members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy during the 171st Annual General Conference. Elder Claudio R. M. Costa and Elder Richard J. Maynes, formerly of the Second Quorum, were called to serve in the First Quorum. Others called to the First Quorum were Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Elder Christoffel Golden Jr., Elder Walter F. González, and Elder Steven E. Snow. Those called to the Second Quorum were Elder Keith K. Hilbig, Elder Robert F. Orton, Elder Wayne S. Peterson, Elder R. Conrad Schultz, Elder Robert R. Steuer, and Elder H. Ross Workman.
Also called were 22 new Area Authority Seventies: 14 from the United States, 2 from Mexico, and 1 each from the countries of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Honduras, Japan, and South Africa.
During the priesthood session, President Gordon B. Hinckley announced a new program called the Perpetual Education Fund, which will help young members in international areas of the Church—returned missionaries, for the most part—gain an education or training when they otherwise could not afford it. The loan program will begin this fall.
In his opening remarks at Saturday morning’s session, President Hinckley said that a significant number of new temple sites are under consideration. “We have visited and are giving consideration to a significant number of potential temple sites in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and the isles of the sea. … We will continue to build these sacred houses of the Lord as rapidly as energy and resources will allow.”