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8 Names You Might Recognize on the List of New General Authorities and Church Officers

by | Apr. 04, 2020

In the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, President Dallin H. Oaks announced:

  • • 9 new General Authority Seventies
  • • A new Young Men general presidency
  • • 58 new Area Seventies

We celebrate and sustain each of these 70 brethren in their new important callings and are grateful for each of their service. Here are just eight of the names that may have rung a bell as you heard them announced over the pulpit.

General Authority Seventies

Elder Matthew S. Holland

Yes, there is another Elder Holland in Church leadership, and yes, they are related! Elder Matthew S. Holland is one of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s three children. He is currently the president of the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. Prior to his call to be a mission president, Elder Matthew Holland was the president of Utah Valley University. According to Newsroom, Elder Matthew Holland and his wife, Paige Anita Bateman, are the parents of four children.

Young Men General Presidency

Brother Steven J. Lund

Those in Utah business might recognize Brother Steven J. Lund’s name for his work with Nu Skin. He currently serves as the executive chairman of the board and is an early co-founder. He is also on the board of regents for the Utah System of Higher Education. According to Newsroom,  Brother Lund and his wife, Kalleen, are the parents of four children and nine grandchildren.

Brother Ahmad S. Corbitt

Latter-day Saints on the East Coast may recognize Brother Corbitt’s name. He currently works for the Church’s Missionary Department. Previous service includes director of the Church’s New York Office of Public and International Affairs and mission president in the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Mission. In 2014, he received the 2014 Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. In 2008, Brother Corbitt spoke at a Church event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the revelation of the priesthood. According to Newsroom, he and his wife, Jayne, have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.

Brother Bradley R. Wilcox

If you follow LDS Living, chances are you know Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, also known as Brother Brad Wilcox. Brother Wilcox’s 2011 BYU devotional address, “His Grace Is Sufficient,” has over 700,000 views on YouTube. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, Because of Christ on Calvary and is a popular Time Out for Women speaker. According to Newsroom, he and his wife, Deborah Gunnell, are parents of four children and eight grandchildren.

Area Seventies

Elder Clark G. Gilbert

Elder Clark G. Gilbert is known to many as President Gilbert due to his previous service as the president of BYU-Idaho and for his current service as the president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. According to Newsroom, he and his wife, Christine, have eight children.

Elder Richard I. Heaton

Elder Richard I. Heaton currently serves as the managing director of the Priesthood and Family Department of the Church. According to Newsroom, he and his wife, Valerie, have nine children.

Elder David H. Huntsman

The Huntsman name is familiar to many in Utah, and Elder David H. Huntsman is the president/chief operating officer of the Huntsman Foundation. According to Newsroom, he and his wife, Michelle, have eight children.

Elder Arthur Rascon

Those in Texas will likely recognize the face of Elder Arthur Rascon. He’s an Emmy-award winning reporter covering both local and international news for ABC. According to Newsroom, he and his wife, Patti, have seven children.

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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. 

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