Leaders of the LDS Church announced the callings of six new general authorities to the Second Quorum of the Seventy during Saturday's opening session of conference.
Newly called to serve five-year assignments are Julio E. Davila, Bogota, Colombia; Graham W. Doxey, Salt Lake City; Cree L. Kofford, Arcadia, Calif.; Joseph C. Muren, Solihull, England; Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Centerville; and Jorge O. Rojas, Mexico City.Transferred from the Second Quorum of the Seventy to the First Quorum of the Seventy were Elders Monte J. Brough, second counselor in the church's Asia Area presidency; Harold G. Hillam, first counselor in the Brazil Area presidency; L. Lionel Kendrick, president of the Philippines/Micronesia Area; Alexander B. Morrison, first counselor in the North America Southeast Area presidency; and L. Aldin Porter, president of the Utah South Area.
Elder Brough, 51, has served as a general authority since October 1988. Elder Hillam, 55, was called to the Quorum of the Seventy in March 1990. Elder Kendrick, 59, was sustained in April 1988. Elder Morrison, 60, and Elder Porter, 59, were sustained in April 1987.
- Elder Davila, 58, was a long-time administrator in the Church Education System in Colombia at the time of his call. He is a native of Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has served the church as a branch president, district president, stake president, mission president and regional representative.
- Elder Doxey, 64, is president of Doxey-Layton Co., a real estate management firm. He is a native of Salt Lake City, attended the University of Louisville and graduated from the University of Utah. He has served the church as a bishop, stake president, sealer in the Salt Lake Temple and first counselor in theYoung Men General Presidency.
- Elder Kofford, 57, has served the past two years as president of the New York New York Mission. At the time of his mission assignment, he was managing partner in a Southern California law firm. He is a native of Santaquin, and earned his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Utah. He has served the church as a bishop, stake president, regional representative, stake missionary and Sunday School teacher.
- Elder Muren, 55, is the church's director of temporal affairs in the British Isles. He earlier had been an administrator in the Church Educational System in Utah and California. He is a native of Richmond, Calif., and has served the church as a bishop, stake mission president, stake high councilor and president of the Costa Rica San Jose Mission.
- Elder Neuenschwander, 51, has been serving as president of the church's Austria Vienna East Mission. Prior to that he was the manager of international acquisitions for the church's Family History Department. A native of Salt Lake City, he earned an associate degree from Weber State College, a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and master's and doctorate degrees from Syracuse University in New York. He has served the church as a missionary in Finland, stake high councilor, Sunday School teacher and counselor in a ward Young Men presidency.
- Elder Rojas, 50, is a native of Delicias, Mexico, and is a Mexico City-area businessman. He earlier was employed as an administrator in the Church Educational System in Mexico. He graduated from the University of Chihuahua and has served the church as a stake president, mission president and regional representative.
In other action, Elders H. Verlan Andersen and Rulon G. Craven of the Seventy were sustained as counselors in the Sunday School General Presidency.