SALT LAKE CITY – The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced 10 new General Authorities at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 176th Annual General Conference being held here this weekend. Seventeen new Area Seventies were also named to serve as lay leaders in various parts of the world.

Called as General Authorities to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy are Elder David S. Baxter, Suffolk, England; Elder Shayne M. Bowen, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Elder Daniel L. Johnson, Colonia Juarez, Mexico; Elder Marcus B. Nash, Lynnwood, Washington; and Elder Anthony D. Perkins, Taipei, Taiwan.

New General Authorities called to serve in the Second Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Craig A. Cardon, Gilbert, Arizona; Elder Don R. Clarke, Buena Vista, Virginia; Elder Keith R. Edwards, Las Vegas, Nevada; Elder Stanley G. Ellis, Spring, Texas; and Elder Larry W. Gibbons, Dallas, Texas.

Additionally, Elder Keith K. Hilbig, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy since 2001, was named to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

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. Those called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy serve for a period of about six years.

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder David S. Baxter, 51, is currently serving as an Area Seventy and as the second counselor in the presidency of the Europe West Area. Elder Baxter graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in business and economics. He has held communications and marketing positions with several international companies and is currently employed in international trade development for the government of the United Kingdom. He has served the Church as a stake president, mission president’s counselor, stake institute director, stake public affairs director, bishop, teacher improvement coordinator, ward Young Men adviser and full-time missionary. Elder Baxter and his wife, Dianne Lewars Baxter, are parents of four children.

Elder Shayne M. Bowen, 51, has been serving as an Area Seventy in the Idaho Area. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English at Brigham Young University (BYU), he pursued a career in insurance, owning and operating his own agency. Elder Bowen has also served the

Church as a mission president, stake president, high councilor, bishop, high priests group instructor, elders quorum president, Varsity scout leader and full-time missionary. He and his wife, Lynette Mortensen Bowen, have seven children.

Elder Daniel L. Johnson, 59, was serving as an Area Seventy in the Mexico North Area prior to his call to serve as a General Authority. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics. He has owned his own business and has been employed as an executive by a number of international companies. Elder Johnson has also worked for the Church and for a Church-affiliated business in various financial management positions. His Church service includes experience as a mission president, counselor in mission presidencies, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, ward Young Men president, gospel doctrine teacher and full-time missionary. He and his wife, LeAnn Holman Johnson, are the parents of six children.

Elder Marcus B. Nash, 49, was an Area Seventy in the North America Northwest Area when he was called to be a General Authority. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. He is a partner in a major Seattle law firm. He has served the Church as a stake president, bishop, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, gospel doctrine teacher and full-time missionary. Elder Nash is married to Shelley Hatch Nash and they have five children.

 

 

Elder Anthony D. Perkins, 45, is currently serving as president of the Taiwan Taipei Mission.

He earned advanced degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania after completing undergraduate studies in finance at BYU. Prior to his call as a mission president, Elder Perkins was a senior partner in an international business consulting firm. He has served in a district presidency and branch presidency, as a ward clerk, elders quorum president, seminary teacher and full-time missionary. He and his wife, Christine Abbott Perkins, are the parents of six children.

 

Second Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Craig A. Cardon, 57, was serving in a special Young Single Adults assignment at the time of his call as a General Authority. He studied accounting and earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. Elder Cardon completed a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has been self-employed in real estate development. His Church experience includes service as a mission president, stake president, high councilor, bishop, counselor in stake presidency and bishopric, elders quorum president, institute instructor, gospel doctrine teacher and full-time missionary. He and his wife, Deborah Dana Cardon, have eight children.

Elder Don R. Clarke, 60, served as a member of the high council of the Buena Vista Virginia Stake prior to his call to the Seventy. He earned an associate degree from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree in business from BYU. Elder Clarke completed a master’s degree in business administration from Washington State University. His career included senior executive positions in several retailing companies. He has served the Church as a mission president, stake president, assistant director of Church Hosting, high councilor, bishop, stake Young Men president, elders quorum president and full-time missionary. He married the former Mary Anne Jackson, and they have six children.

Elder Keith R. Edwards, 64, was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area at the time of his call as a General Authority. He studied at the Church College of Hawaii and completed his undergraduate studies in political science at BYU. He earned a law degree from the University of Utah and practiced law with several large firms. Elder Edwards’ previous Church service includes mission president, area welfare director, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, assistant temple recorder, bishop, counselor in a bishopric and full-time missionary.  He and his wife, Judy Higgins Edwards, have seven children.

 

Elder Stanley G. Ellis, 59, was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area before his call as a General Authority. He graduated from Harvard University in governmental studies and received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. Elder Ellis is the chief executive officer of an insurance and financial services company. He has served the Church as mission president, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, counselor in a bishopric, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president and full-time missionary. Elder Ellis and his wife, Kathryn Kloepfer Ellis, have nine children.

 

Elder Larry W. Gibbons, 63, was serving as a gospel doctrine teacher in his ward when he was called as a General Authority.


He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Stanford University, his medical degree from the University of Utah and a master of public health degree from Harvard University. Elder Gibbons is a practicing physician and president of a medical clinic. His previous church service includes Area Seventy, Regional Representative, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, seminary teacher and full-time missionary. He and his wife, LaDawn Anderson Gibbons, are the parents of two children.

 

Area Seventies

Also announced today were the callings of 17 new Area Seventies. Area Seventies give part-time voluntary Church service within their assigned geographic areas and support area presidencies in international areas. Called as Area Seventies: José L. Alonso, 47, San Nicolas, México; Vladimiro J. Campero, 60, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Juan A. Etchegaray, 61, Montevideo, Uruguay; Hernan I. Herrera, 50, Santiago, Chile; David J. Hoare, 52, Sunbury, Australia; César H. Hooker, 47, Lima, Peru; Javier Ibañez, 51, San Cristobal, Venezuela; Daniel M. Jones, 53, Cedar City, Utah; Stephen C. Kerr, 45, Stirling, Scotland; Joni L. Koch, 44, Bal Camboriu, Brazil; Daniel A. Moreno, 53, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kent H. Murdock, 58, Salt Lake City, Utah; J. Michel Paya, 61, Mougins, France; Stephen D. Posey, 58, North Augusta, South Carolina; Carlos F. Rivas, 46, San Salvador, El Salvador; Juan M. Rodriguez, 54, México City, México; Carlos Villanova, 43, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Releases to be effective on 1 May 2006 were announced for the following 16 Area Seventies: Salvador Aguirre, Jose C. Aleson, Daniel P. Alvarez, David A. Baxter, Shayne M. Bowen, Yatyr M. Cesar, Robert M. Cowan, Keith R. Edwards, Stanley G. Ellis, Franz R. Gaag, Daniel L. Johnson, Joel H. McKinnon, Marcus B. Nash, Armando A. Sierra, Jeffrey C. Swinton, Remus G. Villarete.