SALT LAKE CITY — 4 April 2009 — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the calling of a new member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a new member of the Presidency of the Seventy, new members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, new members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and 40 Area Seventies at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 179 th Annual General Conference being held here this weekend. The First Presidency also announced the reorganization of the Young Men general presidency and Sunday School general presidency.

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Neil L. Andersen was called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom was called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

First Quorum of the Seventy

Called as General Authorities to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, Seoul, Korea; Elder Brent H. Nielson, Twin Falls, Idaho; Elder Dale G. Renlund, Salt Lake City, Utah; Elder Michael T. Ringwood, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Elder Joseph W. Sitati, Nairobi, Kenya.

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi

Elder Brent H. Nielson

Elder Michael T. Ringwood

Elder Joseph W. Sitati

Also called to the First Quorum of the Seventy was Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, who had served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy since 2003.

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

Second Quorum of the Seventy

Called as General Authorities to serve in the Second Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Wilford W. Andersen, Mesa, Arizona; Elder Koichi Aoyagi, Chiba-ken, Japan; Elder Bruce A. Carlson, San Antonio, Texas; Elder Bradley D. Foster, Rigby, Idaho; Elder James B. Martino, Aubrey, Texas; Elder Kent F. Richards, North Salt Lake, Utah; and Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Elder Wilford W. Andersen

Elder Koichi Aoyagi

Elder Bruce A. Carlson

Elder Bradley D. Foster

Elder James B. Martino

Elder Kent F. Richards

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer

Members of the Seventy have responsibility for administering the work of the Church throughout the world under the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Some of them also have executive responsibilities in a number of Church departments. Members of the First Quorum of the Seventy usually serve to age seventy.

Young Men General Presidency

A new Young Men general presidency was also announced. Brother David L. Beck was called as the general president of the Young Men, the Church’s organization for young men ages 12 though 18. Brother Larry M. Gibson and Brother Adrian Ochoa will serve as first and second counselors. Brother Charles W. Dahlquist II, Brother Dean R. Burgess and Brother Michael A. Neider were released and received an expression of gratitude for their five years of leadership.

Newly called Young Men general presidency.

Sunday School General Presidency

A new Sunday School general presidency was also announced. Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe was called as the general president of the Sunday School. Brother David M. McConkie and Brother Matthew O. Richardson will serve as first and second counselors. Brother A. Roger Merrill, Brother Daniel K. Judd and Brother William D. Oswald were released and received an expression of gratitude for their five years of leadership.

Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe

Brother David M. McConkie

Brother Matthew O. Richardson

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Neil L. Andersen was serving as the senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy prior to his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve. He was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April, 1993, at age 41. He previously led the work of the Church in southern Brazil and, again as a member of an area presidency, oversaw the Church in Western Europe. He has also assisted in supervising the work of the Church in Mexico and Central America.  In addition, he supervised Church audiovisual production, including the filming of “The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd” and managed construction of the broadcast facilities in the Conference Center as the Executive Director of the Church Audiovisual Department. He speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish in addition to his native English.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Andersen served as a mission president in the France Bordeaux Mission, and as president of the Tampa Florida Stake.

Elder Andersen was born in Logan, Utah, and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, on a dairy farm where he remembers, “typical Idaho farm work, from morning to night.”  In high school, he excelled in student government, serving as governor of Idaho Boys State.

He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he was a presidential scholar, and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University. After completing his education, he settled in Tampa, Florida, where his business interests included advertising, real estate development, and health care.

Elder Andersen and his wife, Kathy Williams Andersen, are the parents of four children and twelve grandchildren.

Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom was serving in the First Quorum of Seventy when he was called to the Presidency of the Seventy.  Elder was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on 1 April 2000.  At the time of his call as a General Authority, he was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America West Area.  He has had the privilege of serving in the Asia North and North America Central Area Presidencies, as a counselor in the Young Men General Presidency, assistant executive director of the Family and Church History Department, and Executive Director of the Audiovisual Department.  He was serving as a counselor in the Asia Area Presidency at the time of his call to the Presidency of the Seventy.

Elder Hallstrom graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He was president of The Hallstrom Group, Inc., a real estate consulting and appraisal organization based in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He has held various professional designations and also was an expert witness in state and federal courts. 

Elder Hallstrom served on various boards, including the executive board of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the President’s Roundtable of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. He was also vice chairman of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., which manages non-ecclesiastical Church real estate in Hawaii.  He also has served on the National Advisory Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

His Church service includes, full-time missionary in the England Central Mission, elders quorum president, high councilor, bishop, stake president, and Regional Representative.


 

Donald Larry Hallstrom was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 27, 1949. He is married to Diane Clifton, and they are the parents of four children and two grandchildren.

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi was serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Asia North Area at the time he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy and is currently serving as a counselor in the Asia North Area Presidency.

Since joining the Church in 1973, Elder Choi has served in numerous callings including as a full-time missionary in the Busan Korea and Seoul Korea missions, bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, stake president’s counselor, stake president and Area Seventy.

Elder Choi received a bachelor’s degree from BYU-Hawaii and holds a master’s degree in business information systems and education from Utah State University.  He has worked as a university instructor and as a sales manager and director in corporate settings, and is currently a regional manager for temporal affairs for the Church in Korea.  Elder Choi is married to Bon Kyung Koo and they are the parents of three children.

Elder Brent H. Nielson had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Idaho Area when called to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Nielson has served in numerous Church callings including as a full-time missionary in Finland, ward Young Men president, bishop, high councilor, stake president’s counselor, stake president, and Area Seventy.

Elder Nielson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Utah and has been an attorney/partner at a law firm since 1985. He and his wife Marcia Ann Bradford are the parents of six children.

Elder Dale G. Renlund had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah Salt Lake City Area when called to the First Quorum of the Seventy.  Elder Renlund has served in numerous church callings including as a full-time missionary in Sweden, stake president, high councilor, bishop, and Area Seventy.

After receiving B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah, Elder Renlund received further medical and research training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has been a professor of internal medicine and has engaged in teaching, research and patient care in the sub-specialty of heart failure and transplantation medicine.  Elder Renlund has been the medical director of a cardiac transplant program since 1991. Elder Renlund is married to Ruth Lybbert and they are the parents of one daughter.

Elder Michael T. Ringwood has served in a number of Church callings including as a full-time missionary in the Korea Seoul Mission, bishop, high councilor, high priests group leader, scoutmaster, stake president and mission president.

Elder Ringwood graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1983.  In 1986 he became vice president of a major corporation and remained there for fourteen years.  He has also been the president and more recently, president and chief financial officer of two different business entities. Elder Ringwood has been a member of the Board of Advisors at the BYU School of Accountancy.  He and his wife Rosalie Nelson are the parents of five children. 

Elder Joseph W. Sitati had been serving as president of the Nigeria Calabar Mission when called to the First Quorum of the Seventy. Since joining the Church in 1986, Elder Sitati has served in numerous callings, including branch president’s counselor, branch president, district president, mission president’s counselor, stake president, Area Seventy and mission president.

Elder Sitati earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nairobi, a diploma in accounting and finance from the Association of Certified Accountants and has also done course work for an MBA degree. He has worked as an executive for a nongovernmental organization and in several positions with a large oil and gas company. More recently he served as the Church’s international director of public affairs in Africa. Elder Sitati and his wife Gladys Nangoni are the parents of five children.

Second Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Wilford W. Andersen was serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southwest Area when he was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Andersen has served in numerous Church callings including as a full-time missionary in the Argentina South Mission, bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake executive secretary, stake president’s counselor, stake president, president of the México Guadalajara Mission and Area Seventy.

Elder Andersen received both a bachelor’s degree in business management and a juris doctor degree from Brigham Young University.  He has been a managing partner of an investment firm since 1969. Elder Andersen and his wife Kathleen Bennion are the parents of nine children.

Elder Koichi Aoyagi was serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Asia North Area when called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

Since joining the Church in 1962, Elder Aoyagi has served in numerous Church callings, including as a full-time missionary in the Northern Far East Mission, ward Sunday School teacher, branch president, bishop’s counselor, high councilor, mission president’s counselor, stake president, mission president, high priests group leader, sealer, bishop, Regional Representative, president of the Tokyo Japan Missionary Training Center, and Area Seventy.

Elder Aoyagi attended Kanagawa University for two years majoring in foreign trading. He received a real estate license from the Japan Real Estate Academy and then worked for the Church as a real estate manager and a construction manager. He also worked as an assistant recorder in the Tokyo Japan Temple. In addition, he worked as a sales chief and senior sales manager for two separate corporations. Elder Aoyagi is currently retired.

Elder Aoyagi is married to Shiroko Momose. They are the parents of four children.

Elder Bruce A. Carlson had been serving as a ward Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Military Advisory Committee when called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Carlson has served in a number of Church callings including elders quorum president’s counselor, bishop, high councilor, temple ordinance worker, and adviser to the Military Advisory Committee.

Elder Carlson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and then graduated from the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base. He later received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University. In 1989 he received a distinguished graduate Master of Arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College.  Elder Carlson relinquished command of Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on November 21, 2008 and retired as a General from the United States Air Force after more than 37 years of service.  Elder Carlson and his wife Vicki Lynn Martens are the parents of three children.

Elder Bradley D. Foster has been called to serve in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. He has served in a number of Church callings which include a full-time mission in Texas, elders quorum president, stake mission president, bishop, high councilor, stake president and president of the California Arcadia Mission.


 

Elder Foster attended Ricks College focusing on pre-veterinary studies and owns a business in the agricultural industry.  He has served on a number of agricultural and educational-related boards of directors, and is married to Sharol Lyn Anderson and they are the parents of four children.

Elder James B. Martino had been serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southwest Area when called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Since joining the Church in 1968, Elder Martino has served in numerous Church callings including as a full-time missionary in the Guatemala-El Salvador Mission, stake executive secretary, stake Young Men president, seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, mission president, high councilor and mission president’s counselor.

Elder Martino received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Brigham Young University and since graduation has worked for a family apparel company. He was president and CEO of the company from 1989-2000. Currently, he is the company chairman. Elder Martino is married to Jennie Marie Barron. They are the parents of five children.

Elder Kent F. Richards has been called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Prior to this calling Elder Richards served as a full-time missionary in the Southern Mexican Mission, elders quorum president, bishop, scoutmaster, high councilor and stake president, and president of the Texas San Antonio Mission.

Elder Richards received a Bachelor of Science degree in medicine and his medical degree from the University of Utah. In 1977, Elder Richards began working as a surgeon. He has served as Senior Vice President of a non-profit system of hospitals, surgery centers, doctors and clinics and as a member of the board and executive committee of the organization’s board of trustees. Elder Richards has also served as a clinical professor of surgery.

Elder Richards and his wife Marsha Gurr are the parents of eight children.

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer has been called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Schwitzer has served in a number of Church callings including as a full-time missionary in the North German Mission, bishop, high councilor, and stake president. 

Elder Schwitzer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and his medical degree from the University of Utah. In 1980 he was named Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah and later became a physician of emergency medicine.  In 1992 he was named Vice President of Clinical Programs at a non-profit system of hospitals, surgery centers, doctors and clinics and remained there until 2005.  Currently he works part-time as a physician at a health clinic.

Elder Schwitzer and his wife Jo Ann Elizabeth Rawsthorne are the parents of five children. 

Young Men

David L. Beck was serving as a ward mission leader when he was called as the new general president of the Church’s Young Men organization.  He served previously as a stake president, high councilor, and bishop and as president of the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro North Mission. 

Brother Beck is an executive with a manufacturing and distribution company and serves on the board of a technology college.  He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering administration from the University of Utah.  He and his wife Robyn are the parents of four children.

Larry M. Gibson, newly named as first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, was serving as a stake president when he received his call.  Prior church service includes serving in a stake presidency, on a high council, as a bishop, and as a ward and stake Young Men president.

Brother Gibson’s professional career has been in the technology sector where he worked as vice president and chief information officer of a Fortune 500 company.  He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in computer science and information science from Brigham Young University.  He and his wife Shirley have six children.

Adrian Ochoa was serving as his ward’s high priests group leader when he was called as second counselor in the Young Men general presidency.  He has also served as a stake president, area public affairs director, Area Seventy and mission president.

Brother Ochoa has worked in advertising and film production in the United States and Mexico. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Universidad Regiomontana and master’s degrees in business and marketing from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon respectively. He and his wife Nancy oversee humanitarian work in Latin America and are the parents of five children.

Sunday School

Russell T. Osguthorpe was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy when he received the call to serve as the general president of the Sunday School. He’s also served as a stake and ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, counselor in a bishopric, branch president at the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center and president of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. He has also been a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Brother Osguthorpe holds multiple degrees from Brigham Young University including a PhD in instructional psychology. He currently serves as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and as a professor in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University.

David M. McConkie was serving as a Stake President when he was called as the first counselor of the Sunday School general presidency. Previous church service includes serving as a counselor in a stake presidency, on a high council, and as a bishop.  

Brother McConkie is an attorney practicing law at a Salt Lake City-based law firm. He received his law degree from the University of Utah. Brother McConkie’s wife’s name is JoAnne.

Matthew Ottesen Richardson is the second counselor of the Sunday School general presidency. He also served as a Sunday School teacher, in a Young Men presidency including time as a Young Men president, as a bishop and as a member of a Young Men/Young Women curriculum writing committee.

Brother Richardson has completed both undergraduate and graduate work at Brigham Young University with degrees in communication and educational leadership. He worked as a seminary instructor and as an instructor and professor at BYU where he also served as the Associate Dean of Religious Education. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of four children.

Area Seventies