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David S. Baxter

Ten men were sustained to the Quorums of the Seventy during Saturday's afternoon session of the 176th Annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and another was moved from the Second to the First Quorum. Also named were 17 new Area Seventies, while 16 were released from their positions as Area Seventies.

President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, read the names of those newly called and asked church members assembled for their sustaining vote.

Members of the First and Second Quorums are full-time general authorities who help administer the church throughout the world, while Area Seventies usually retain their own full-time employment and serve the church on a part-time basis, presiding over specified geographic areas of the church. There are now eight Quorums of the Seventy.

Newly appointed to the First Quorum of the Seventy were:

Elder David S. Baxter was serving as an Area Seventy and second counselor in the presidency of the Europe West Area. He holds a degree in business and economics from the University of Wales and is employed by the British government in international trade development. He has been a stake president, mission president's counselor and held many other church positions. He and his wife, Dianne Lewars Baxter, are parents of four children.

Elder Shayne M. Bowen was an Area Seventy in the Idaho Area. He has been a mission and stake president, high councilor, bishop, high priest group leader, elders quorum president and Scout leader. With his wife, Lynette Mortensen Bowen, he is the father of seven children. A graduate of Brigham Young University, he owns and operates an insurance agency.

Elder Daniel L. Johnson was serving as an Area Seventy in the Mexico North Area. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics from BYU and has owned a business and been employed as an executive in a number of international companies as well as working with a church-affiliated business. His church experience includes service as a mission president, counselor to mission presidents and to a stake president, youth leader, teacher and missionary. He and his wife, LeAnn Holman Johnson, have six children.

Elder Marcus B. Nash was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Northwest Area. He holds a degree in international relations and a law degree from BYU and is affiliated with a major Seattle law firm. He has served the church as a stake president, bishop, Young Men president, elders quorum president, teacher and full-time missionary. He is married to Shelley Hatch Nash and is the father of five children.

Elder Anthony D. Perkins was president of the Taiwan Taipei Mission. He earned an undergraduate degree from BYU in finance and has advanced degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a senior partner in an international business consulting firm. He has served in district and branch presidencies, as a ward clerk, elders quorum president, seminary teacher and missionary. With his wife, Christine Abbott Perkins, he is the father of six children.

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

Named to the Second Quorum of the Seventy were:

Elder Craig A. Cardon was serving in a special Young Single Adults assignment. He earned a bachelor's degree at Arizona State University before completing a master's degree in public administration at Harvard. He has been involved in real estate development. Church callings have included mission and stake president, high councilor, bishop, counselor in stake presidency and bishopric, and institute director. He and his wife, Deborah Dana Cardon, are parents of eight children.

Elder Don R. Clarke was serving on the high council of the Buena Vista Virginia stake. He earned an associate degree from Ricks College, a degree in business from BYU, and a master's degree in business administration from Washington State University. He held senior executive positions in several retailing companies. He has served as a mission and stake president, assistant director of church hosting and other local callings. He and his wife, Mary Anne Jackson, have six children.

Elder Keith R. Edwards was an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area. He studied at the Church College of Hawaii, completed a degree in political science at BYU and earned a law degree from the University of Utah. He has been associated with several large law firms. His church assignments have included a mission presidency, area welfare director, stake president and counselor, assistant temple recorder, bishop and bishop's counselor. He is married to Judy Higgins Edwards and is the father of seven children.

Elder Stanley G. Ellis was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area. He graduated from Harvard in government studies and earned a law degree at BYU. He is the chief executive officer of an insurance and financial services company. He has been a mission president, stake president and counselor to a stake president, high councilor, bishop's counselor, elders quorum president and Young Men president. He and his wife, Kathryn Kloepfer Ellis, are parents of nine children.

Elder Larry W. Gibbons was serving as a gospel doctrine teacher in his ward. He previously had been an Area Seventy, regional representative, stake president and counselor to a stake president and seminary teacher. He earned a degree in history from Stanford and a medical degree from the University of Utah, as well as a master of public health degree from Harvard. He is a practicing physician and president of a medical clinic. Two children were born of his marriage to LaDawn Anderson Gibbons.

Called as Area Seventies were Jose L. Alonso, San Nicolas, Mexico; Vladimiro J. Campero, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Juan A. Etchegaray, Montevideo, Uruguay; Hernan I. Herrera, Santiago, Chile; David J. Hoare, Sunbury, Australia; Cesar H. Hooker, Lima, Peru; Javier Ibanez, San Cristobal, Venezuela; Daniel M. Jones, Cedar City; Stephen C. Kerr, Stirling, Scotland; Joni L. Koch, Bal Camboriu, Brazil; Daniel A. Moreno, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kent H. Murdock, Salt Lake City; J. Michel Paya, Mougins, France; Stephen D. Posey, North Augusta, S.C.; Carlos F. Rivas, San Salvador, El Salvador; Juan M. Rodriguez, Mexico City; and Carlos Villanova, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The release of 16 Area Seventies, effective May 1, was also announced. They are 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 and Remus G. Villarete.