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New apostle called to fill vacancy

Published: Saturday, Oct. 8, 1988

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A new member of the Council of the Twelve and a new member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy were sustained Oct. 1 at the Saturday afternoon session of the 158th Semiannual General Conference of the Church.

In addition, four new members of the First Quroum of the Seventy were also sustained, bringing the total number in the Seventies quorum to 66.Elder Richard G. Scott, who had been serving as a member of the Seventies presidency, was called as an apostle, filling a vacancy created by the death of President Marion G. Romney last May.

Named to the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy was Elder J. Richard Clarke. Sustained as new members of the quorum were elders Monte J. Brough of Kaysville, Utah; Albert Choules Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; Lloyd P. George of Orem, Utah; and Gerald E. Melchin of Calgary, Alberta.

President Ezra Taft Benson delivered the opening address on Saturday morning, in which he said he rejoiced in being "in another glorious general conference of the Church." (See page 5.)

President Benson's couselors, President gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas s. Monson, took turns coducting the conference sessions; President Hinckley led the congregation is sustaining the general authorities and general officers of the Church.

The spiritual uplift of conference was enhanced by unseasonable warm temperatures in the low 80s, which brought more members to Temple Square. The Tabernacle was filled during each session, but not all who came tried to get inside. they spread blankets and quilts or set up folding chairs brought from home, or staked out places to sit on concrete planters around flower beds. many came prepared to stay the whole day, bringing sack lunches or picnic baskets.

Each time President Benson stood at the Tabernacle podium, dozens of people crowded into each open doorway trying to get a glimpse of him in person.

An added bonus of the conference was being able to participate in sustaining the new General Authorities. Following is biographical information on each of them:

Elder Richard G. Scott

Elder Scott, 59, has been a General Authority since April 2, 1977, when he was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was called to the presidency of the quorum Oct. 1, 1983, and has been executive director of the Family History Department of the church since Sept. 1, 1984. he was Executive administrator of the Church for southern Mexico and Central America from 1978-1984.

He was a regional representative in the Washington D.C. area from 1972-1977, a counselor in the Washington D.C. Stake presidency, 1970-1971; and president of the Argentina North Mission, 1956-1969. as a young man, he served a mission to Uruguay from 1950-1953.

He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on Nov. 7, 1928, to Kenneth Leroy and Mary Eliza Scott. He marrie dJeanene Watkins June 16, 1953, in the Manti Temple. They are parents of three sons and two daughters, and have three grandchildren.

A 1950 graduate in mechanical engineering form George Washington University, he completed the equivalent of a doctorate in nuclear engineering at Oak Ridge, Tenn. As a private consultant in mechanical and nuclear engineering, he worked with utility and power companies in the possible use of nuclear reactors. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first peacetime nuclear power plant, and is co-editor of two books related to the construction and use of nuclear power plants. He worked 12 years in the development of nuclear submarines, form the Nautilus to the Polaris.

Elder J. Richard Clarke

Elder Clarke, 61, was a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from Oct. 1, 1976, until he was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 6, 1985. For the past year, he has been managing director of the Missionary Department. He presided over the South Africa Cape Town Mission from 1985-1987.

Before his call as a General Authority, Elder Clarke served as a regional representative form 1974-1976; president of the meridian idaho Stake, 1972-1974; bishop of the Boise (Idaho) 19th Ward, 1965-1970; and Boise Idaho West Stake mission president, 1962-1965.

He was born April 4, 1927, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Johyn R. and Nora Redofrd Clarke. He graduated from BYU in 1952, and did graduate work at Stanford University. He married Barbara Jean Reed in the Idaho Falls Temple June 7, 1950. they are parents of four sons and four daughters, including one daughter who is deceased. at the time he was called as a General Authority in 1976, he was general manager of a major insurance agency in Idaho.

Elder Monte J. Brough

Elder Brough, 49, has served since January 1987 as a rgional representative. He was bishop of the Kaysville Ward, kaysvill Utah Stake form 1983-1987, and executive secretary to the Utah North Area presidency, 1985-1986. he served on the Young Men General Board, 1982-1983, and was president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, 1978-1981. He served a mission to the British Isles form 1959-1961.

He was born in Randolph, Utah, June 11, 1939, to Lawrence and Gwen Kearl Randolph; he was 20 months old when his father died. He graduated from the Univeristy of Utah in 1965. At the time he was called as a regional representative, he was pursuing University of Utah in 1965. At the time he was called as a regional representative, he was pursuing a Ph.D. He is an assets manager.

He married Lanette Barker Aug. 30, 1962, in the idaho Falls Temple. They are parents of three sons and four daughters.

Elder Albert Choules Jr.

Elder Choules, 62, has served as a regional representative since November 1987. He was president of the New York New York City Mission from 1980-1983. He was president of the Scottsdale Arizona Stake, 1974-1980; and was a counselor in that stake presidency, 1968-1974; and on its high council, 1963-1968. He served in the Eastern States Mission, 1946-1948.

He was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Driggs, Idaho, to albert and Rula Wilson Choules. He graduated form BYU in 1951, and received a master of business administration degree form Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1953. He has been employed in personal investing.

He arried Rosemary Phillips, June 24, 1952, in the Idaho Falls Temple; she died in June 27, 1984. He married Marilyn Jeppson, June 8, 1987, in the Salt Lake Temple. He is father of two sons and a daughter and step-father of two sons and a daughter.

Elder Lloyd P. George

Elder George, 68, served as president of the Arizona Temple Mission from 1984-1987. He was a regional representative, 1981-1984; bishop of the Kanosh (Utah) Ward, 1961-1971; and president of the Fillmore Utah Stake, 1971-80.

He attended BYU a year before he was called to serve in the Southern States Mission from 1941-1942. As soon as he returned home from his mission, he was drafted into the military and became an Air Force pilot.

A retired racher and former owner of a general mercantile, he has been a real estate broker the past 15 years.

He was born in Kanosh, Utah, Sept. 17, 1920, to Preal and Artemisa Palmer George. He married Leola Stott in the Salt Lake Temple, jan. 8, 1943. They are parents of a son and two daughters.

Elder Gerald E. Melchin

Elder Melchin, 67, has been a regional representative since 1984. He served as president of the Claifornia Arcadia Mission from 1972-1975. He was Calgary Alberta welfare region agent, 1981-1984; president of the Calgary Alberta North Stake, 1969-1975; and bishop of the Calgary Ward, 1964-1969.

He was born in Kitchener, Ontario, May 24, 1921, to Arthur and Rosetta Wills Melchin. he attended Angus Business college for a year and a half before serving in the Eastern Canadian Mission. After his mission, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1944-45. He married Evelyn Knowles on July 12, 1945, in the Logan (Utah) Temple. They are parents of four sons and three daughters.

At the time of his call as a General Suthority he was a semi-retired businessman, having been in the automotive and auto transport business since 1949.