When millionaire Mormon mining executive Peter Meurs stepped down from his job Monday as he transitions from business to full-time ministry as an LDS general authority, the move sparked headlines in Australia.
Sydney Herald: "Fortescue Metals Group loses Peter Meurs to the Mormons"
Sky News Australia: "Meurs quits Fortescue for Mormon church"
Australian Mining: "Peter Meurs quits FMG to join the Mormons"
Elder Peter F. Meurs, as he'll be known in his new role, actually is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served previously as a branch president, bishop, stake president and Area Seventy, and on April 2 he was called as a General Authority Seventy by the faith's leaders at the church's worldwide general conference.
"It is completely different, and I see it as a chance to give back after receiving many blessings and having many great opportunities," Elder Meurs told the Sydney Herald. "It's a chance to be a teacher and a leader and to try and help other people with their lives."