Looking Forward; Looking Back

The call will be announced at October's General Conference, and may be coupled with the calling of a new Apostle as well. This additional calling is due to the traditional calling of existing Apostles to fill vacancies in the First Presidency--this pattern is only the norm, however, and not necessarily the rule. In Church history, there are several cases in the 20th century where counselors have been called from outside of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. These calls occurred under Presidents Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant and David O. McKay. President Smith called second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, John R. Winder, to serve as his first counselor. This call was extended in 1901. President Grant called Charles W. Nibley who was also second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric to be his second counselor in 1925. President Grant also later called J. Reuben Clark from outside the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Clark served as a counselor while still a High Priest for a year and a half before being ordained as an Apostle and sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Thirty-three years later, President McKay called High Priest Alvin R. Dyer and Thorpe B. Isaacson, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, to be assistants to the Twelve. As assistants they helped oversee stakes and missions. Both men were later ordained as Apostles, though never as a part of the Quorum of the Twelve, and then called to serve as counselors in the First Presidency. Whatever the case may be, these past callings all demonstrate the inspiration necessary to select a new counselor in the First Presidency, and how President Hinckley will make the necessary changes. In addition to the changes anticipated in the First Presidency, there have been recent changes within the church's First Quorum of the Seventy. On Aug. 1, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa and Elder Steven E. Snow were called to succeed Elder Charles Didier, Elder Merrill J. Bateman and Elder Robert C. Oaks.
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