178th Semiannual Conference Concludes
November 2008

“178th Semiannual Conference Concludes,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, 125

178th Semiannual Conference Concludes

In his first semiannual general conference since being sustained in solemn assembly last April, President Thomas S. Monson announced five new temples to be constructed around the world.

Not since April 2000 have so many temples been announced at one time. (See accompanying story on p. 126 for more information.)

Elder Earl C. Tingey and Elder Sheldon F. Child were released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and were designated emeritus General Authorities, and Elder Gerald N. Lund and Elder Robert R. Steuer were released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy was sustained to fill the vacancy in the Presidency of the Seventy left by the release of Elder Earl C. Tingey. (See accompanying biographical information on p. 128.)

President Monson, who celebrated his 81st birthday on August 21, presided at the conference and conducted three of the sessions. He and his wife, Frances, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 7.

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