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Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 3:35 p.m. MDT

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Penny2001
Centerville, UT

So pleased to hear about Elder Echo Hawk. An outstanding leader who has accomplished so much. Just wondering why he has to resign from the BIA? I suppose it's a personal choice.(President Benson accepted his Cabinet post while an Apostle.)

A Scientist
Provo, UT

I think many of these men in Church leadership positions would do the world much more good if they participated in non-Mormon leadership and service.

JT4
Salt Lake City, UT

Given that "A Scientist" capitalized "Church" as many LDS will, I am going on the assumption that person is LDS. If so, I would say to "A Scientist" that it is up to all of us to take on the responsibility of doing much good in the world in whatever capacity we are in. We need to be the same quality of individual that we should be whether in a Church capacity or otherwise. The man who was my mission president is a recently-retired--I am guessing--dentist in the Salt Lake Valley. He is a man who has been a bishop more than once, a stake president, mission president (as I said), et cetera and someone I could very, very easily see being called as a General Authority. That he has not been called as one frankly inspires me to try to try to emulate the Savior as he does and indeed do the world as much good as I can regardless of what position I hold in the Church.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Thank Heavens – yet another LDS General Authority who is not only a Democrat, but and a former Obama administrator none the less!

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Penny2001,

I'm sure it was the personal choice of Elder Echo Hawk. Contrary to what you may think, doing both jobs (run the BIA and meeting the day-to-day responsibilities of being a member of the First Quorum of Seventy) would be impossible. Both are full-time jobs (and then some) that demands most of your day-time awake-hours meeting the responsibilities of just one of those jobs.

As for President Benson, he initially did not want to take the job of Secretary of Agriculture because he was committed to performing his Church responsibilities as an Apostle. It was President McKay that prevailed upon him that he should take the Cabinet Post and essentially relieved President Benson from almost all of his Church responsibilities as an Apostle.

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