“Assistants to the Council of the Twelve,” New Era, July 1972, 12
Elder John H. Vandenberg and Elder Robert L. Simpson were appointed Assistants to the Council of the Twelve during the first session of the recent general conference of the Church.
Elder Vandenberg previously served as Presiding Bishop of the Church. He now becomes managing director of the new Church Department of Physical Facilities. He coordinates the Church departments of real estate, building, and building maintenance.
Elder Simpson now becomes managing director of Church Social Services. Elder Simpson served as first counselor to the Presiding Bishop for ten and one-half years. He is a native of Salt Lake City but lived much of his life in southern California.