Two new general authorities and a new General Presidency of the Primary were named Saturday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during its 158th General Conference.
New members of the First Quorum of the Seventy are Robert E. Sackley, 65, of Bow Island, Alberta, now president of the church's Nigeria Lagos Mission; and L. Lionel Kendrick, 56, of Greenville, N.C., who is president of the Florida Tampa Mission.The new Primary president is Michaelene Packer Grassli. Her counselors are Betty Jo Nelson Jepsen and Ruth Broadbent Wright.
President Grassli had been second counselor to former General Primary President Dwan J. Young, who was released Saturday with her first counselor, Virginia B. Cannon. Both had served since 1980. President Young's husband was called to lead the Canada Calgary Mission, and she will move there with him in July.
Elder Sackley was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Lismore, Australia. He served six years during World War
II in the Australian Commando Forces. He married Marjorie Ethel Orth in 1947. They have five children and 15 grandchildren.
He received a bachelor of science degree from Utah State University and a certificate of municipal administration from University of Alberta. He retired in 1979 as president of Medicine Hat College in Alberta.
Since then, Elder Sackley and his wife have served extensively as volunteers for the church. He was president of the Philippines Quezon City Mission from 1979 to 1982; executive administrator of the Salt Lake Temple from 1982 to 1983; they were directors of the Washington, D.C., Temple Visitors Center from 1983 to 1985; and they served a year as missionaries in Sydney Australia before their call to Nigeria.
Elder Kendrick was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Baton Rouge, La. He married Myrtis Lee Noble in 1952. They have four children and six grandchildren. He received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University.
He was a football and basketball coach in Louisiana for 10 years and was a professor of health education and director of the regional training center of East Carolina University from 1966 until he became a mission president in 1985.
Elder Kendrick was a regional representative for two years, president of the Kinston, N.C., Stake for nine years, a branch president and counselor, a high priest group leader, a bishop's counselor and a stake Sunday School president.
President Grassli was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. She served in numerous Primary, Young Women and Relief Society positions on ward and stake levels before she was called to the Primary General Board in 1975. She was called as a counselor in the Primary General Presidency in 1980.
President Grassli and her husband, Leonard, live in Pleasant View, Weber County. They have three daughters and one granddaughter.
President Jepsen was born in Boise. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from Utah State University and has taught at elementary, high school and university levels.
She served as a ward and stake Primary president and a Relief Society president and teacher before being called to the Primary General Board in 1985.
President Wright was born in Bingham. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and taught in Utah and California.
She has held positions including ward and stake Primary president, ward and stake Young Women president and ward and stake Laurel adviser. She was called to the Primary General Board in 1985.