Church members sustained 11 new General Authority Seventies and a new Primary general presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church's 186th Annual General Conference on April 2.
Called as new General Authority Seventies were Elder W. Mark Bassett, Elder Mark A. Bragg, Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, Elder Valeri V. Cordón, Elder Joaquin E. Costa, Elder Massimo De Feo, Elder Peter F. Meurs, Elder K. Brett Nattress, Elder S. Mark Palmer, Elder Gary B. Sabin and Elder Evan A. Schmutz.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Sister Jean B. Bingham and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon will serve in the new Primary general presidency.
"I have never taken lightly or casually the opportunity of sustaining and being guided by the Lords servants," said Elder Ronald A Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, after the sustainings.
He continued, "We have sustained leaders today who have, by divine inspiration, been called to teach and guide us and who are calling out to us to beware of the dangers we face each day — from casual Sabbath-day observance, to threats to the family, to assaults on religious freedom, and even to disputing latter-day revelation. Brothers and sisters, are we listening to their counsel?"
These changes to Church leadership are reflected in a new chart of General Authorities and General Officers, dated April 2016.
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