SALT LAKE CITY – At the Saturday afternoon session of the 171st Annual General Conference, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the callings of twelve General Authorities to serve in the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy. Those called to the First Quorum of the Seventy serve in various assignments until age 70. Those called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy serve for a period of about six years.

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.

Two members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, already serving as General Authorities, were called to the First Quorum of the Seventy: Elder Cláudio R. M. Costa, São Paulo, Brazil, and Elder Richard J. Maynes, Oakley, Utah. New General Authorities called as members of the First Quorum of the Seventy are Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Irvine, California; Elder Christoffel Golden, Jr., Krugersdorp, South Africa; Elder Walter F. González, Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, and Elder Steven E. Snow, Washington, Utah. Those called as new members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Keith K. Hilbig, Frankfurt, Germany; Elder Robert F. Orton, Salt Lake City, Utah; Elder Wayne S. Peterson, Salt Lake City, Utah; Elder R. Conrad Schultz, Eugene, Oregon; Elder H. Ross Workman, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Elder Robert R. Steuer, Pleasant View, Utah.

First Quorum of the Seventy Elder Cláudio R. M. Costa, 52, has served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy since 2 April 1994. He is currently serving as president of the Brazil North Area. Prior to his calling as a General Authority, he served in various positions in the Church Educational System. Elder Costa studied marketing at ESPM in São Paulo. He has served the Church as an institute and seminary teacher, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, bishop’s counselor, bishop, stake high councilor, stake president’s counselor, mission president and regional representative. Elder Costa and his wife, Margareth, are parents of four children.

Elder Richard J. Maynes, 50, was sustained as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy on 5 April 1997. He is currently serving as first counselor of the North America Southwest Area and as assistant executive director of the Priesthood Department. He was president of the South America West Area and previously served as first counselor in the South America North Area Presidency. He has been chief executive officer and chairman of both private and public corporations. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and a master’s degree from American Graduate School of International Management. He has served as a full-time missionary, elders quorum president, bishop’s counselor, stake high councilor, stake mission president and mission president. He is married to Nancy Jane Purrington and they are the parents of four children.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, 51, a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Clayton served as an Area Authority for the North America West Area since August 1995. He is an attorney with Call, Clayton and Jensen. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah (U. of U.) and a law degree at the University of the Pacific. Elder Clayton has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary, elders quorum presidency, gospel doctrine teacher, ward mission leader, stake mission president, high priests group leader, branch president, bishop, stake executive secretary, stake high councilor, mission president’s counselor and regional representative. He is married to Kathy Ann Kipp, and they are the parents of seven children.

Elder Christoffel Golden, Jr., 48, a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy, served as an Area Authority for the Africa Southeast Area since August 1995. An area director for the Church Educational System, Elder Golden is a graduate of the University of South Africa in Pretoria, where he earned two bachelor’s degrees. He has a varied business background including banking, pharmaceuticals, and optical marketing. Elder Golden has served in numerous callings, including full-time missionary, stake missionary, ward and stake Young Men president, ward and stake young single adult leader, institute teacher, ward mission leader, elders quorum president, bishop, stake president’s counselor and stake president. He and his wife, Diane Norma Hulbert, are the parents of four children.

Elder Walter F. González, 48, a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy since April 1997, is serving as second counselor in the South America North Area Presidency. He has served as CES director for the South America North Area. Elder González received a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and a technician’s certificate at CEMLAD Institute. He has served the Church as a stake president, mission president, area public affairs director and regional representative. He and his wife, Zulma Anahir, have four children. Elder Steven E. Snow, 51, a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, served as an Area Authority Seventy in the Utah South Area since April 1999. He is a senior partner with Snow Nuffer and has worked as deputy county attorney for Washington County, Utah. Elder Snow received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Utah State University (USU) and a law degree from BYU. He has previously served as a full-time missionary, Sunday School teacher, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, stake high councilor, Boy Scout leader, bishop, stake president and mission president. He is married to Phyllis Squire, they are the parents of four sons.

Second Quorum of the Seventy Elder Keith K. Hilbig, 59, a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, has previously served in the Third Quorum of the Seventy and as an Area Authority for the North America West Area. Elder Hilbig received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Duke University. After some years as a trial attorney, he founded his own firm. In April 1998, he became an international legal counsel for the Church, working with the Europe West and Europe Central Areas. Elder Hilbig has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary, seminary teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, Young Men president, elders quorum president, temple ordinance worker, bishop, stake president, mission president and regional representative. He is married to Susan Rae Logie, and they are the parents of six children.

Elder Robert F. Orton, 64, is an attorney for Fabian & Clendenin and has served as a director for the Foreign Language League and as an assistant to former Senator Wallace F. Bennett. He earned a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a law degree at the U. of U. Elder Orton has served the church in various callings such as full-time missionary, bishop’s counselor, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, scoutmaster, stake Young Men president, high priests group leader, ward mission leader, bishop, stake president’s counselor, and mission president. He and his wife, Joy Eveline Dahlberg, have six children. Elder Wayne S. Peterson, 61, a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, served as an Area Authority for the Utah North Area since August 1995. Elder Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA degree at USU. He is presently self-employed, working as a real estate developer.


Elder Peterson has served in numerous Church callings over the years, including full-time missionary, gospel doctrine teacher, Scoutmaster, bishop’s counselor, bishop, stake high councilor, stake president and mission president. He is married to Joan Jensen and they are the parents of six children.

Elder R. Conrad Schultz, 63, is serving as president of the Colorado Denver South Mission. Prior to his call as mission president, he was a self-employed attorney for twenty years. Elder Schultz received his law degree at the University of Oregon. He has served the Church in various callings including full-time missionary, stake Sunday School president, stake athletic director, stake Young Men president, bishop’s counselor, bishop, stake high councilor, stake president’s counselor, mission president’s counselor and stake president. He and his wife, Carolyn Lake, have five children.

Elder Robert R. Steuer, 57, a diagnostic physician, is founder and chairman of Inline Diagnostics. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees at the University of Minnesota. He has served the Church as a full-time missionary, elders quorum counselor, young adult advisor, ward mission leader, bishop, stake mission president, stake high councilor and mission president. He and his wife, Margaret, have five children.

Elder H. Ross Workman, 60, is serving as president of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. He is a retired attorney with Workman, Nydegger & Seeley. Elder Workman received a bachelor’s and law degree from the U. of U. His previous Church callings include full-time missionary, stake mission president’s counselor, bishop’s counselor, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, Young Men president, stake high councilor and bishop. He is married to Katherine Evelyn Meyers and they are the parents of four children.

Also announced today were the callings of twenty-two new Area Authority Seventies. Area Authorities give voluntary Church service in support of Area Presidencies within their assigned geographic areas. Called as Area Authority Seventies: Salvador Aguirre, 47, Zapopan, México; Daniel P. Alvarez, 52, Buenos Aires, Argentina; David J. Barnett, 60, Johannesburg, South Africa; Oscar W. Chavez, 44, Peñalolen, Chile; Craig C. Christensen, 44, Provo, Utah; Carl B. Cook, 42, Riverdale, Utah; R. Michael Duffin, 51, Hemet, California; Timothy J. Dyches, 49, Reno, Nevada; Michael H. Holmes, 59, Sandy, Utah; Richard D. May, 48, Birmingham, Alabama; Joel H. McKinnon, 55, Winter Park, Florida; Jorge Mendez, 62, Tijuana, México; Marcus B. Nash, 43, Lynnwood, Washington; Timothy M. Olsen, 53, McAllen, Texas; Richard G. Peterson, 61, Sandy, Utah; Gary L. Pocock, 56, Provo, Utah; Armando A. Sierra, 44, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Gary M. Stewart, 65, Eugene, Oregon; G. Perrin Walker, 60, Tacoma, Washington; Robert B. White, 56, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Larry Y. Wilson, 50, Alamo, California; Kazuhiko Yamashita, 46, Fukuoka, Japan.

The only Area Authorities released today were those called to new responsibilities as General Authorities.

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