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Changes are made in Presidency of Seventy

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2005

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Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Ronald A. Rasband have been called as presidents of the Quorums of the Seventy by the First Presidency, effective Aug. 15.

Released from the Presidency are Elder David E. Sorensen and Elder John H. Groberg.

Elder Andersen, 53, was called to the Seventy in April 1993 at age 41. He is president of the Brazil South Area, and has served as executive director in the Audiovisual Department, and first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency.

He has served in area presidencies in the Utah North, Utah South, North America Southwest, North America Northeast, and Europe West areas. He presided over the France Bordeaux Mission and was president of the Tampa Florida Stake.

Born in Logan, Utah, he graduated from BYU and earned a master's of business administration degree from Harvard University. He and his wife, Kathy Sue Williams Andersen, are parents of four children and have nine grandchildren.

Elder Rasband, 54, was called to the Seventy on April 1, 2000, and is the executive director of the Temple Department. He previously served as first counselor in the Europe Central Area and president of the Utah Salt Lake City Area.

He presided over the New York New York North Mission from 1996-1999. He served on the Member Missionary Advisory Committee and on the Church's Sesquicentennial Committee.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he attended the University of Utah and was awarded an honorary doctorate of business and commerce from Utah Valley State College. He was president and Chief Operating Officer of Huntsman Chemical Corp.

He and his wife, Melanie Twitchell Rasband, are parents of five children and have nine grandchildren.

Elder Sorensen, 71, has served in the Presidency of the Seventy since August 1998. He was called to the First Quorum in April 1995, and to the Second Quorum in June 1993. He was executive director of the Temple Department, president of the North America West Area and Asia North Area and second counselor in the Asia and Utah South areas.

He was president of the Canada Halifax Mission, stake president and bishop. He was born in Aurora, Utah, to Alma and Metta Aamelia Helquist Sorensen. He and his wife, Verla Anderson Sorensen, are parents of seven children and have 32 grandchildren.

Elder Groberg, 70, has served in the Presidency of the Seventy since April 2004, and in the First Quorum since April 1976. He served as first and second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency, president of the Utah South Area, Asia Area, North America West Area, and counselor in five area presidencies. He was assistant executive director of the Priesthood and Curriculum departments. He was executive administrator of areas in the Pacific and the United States.

He served as regional representative, president of the Tonga Mission and bishop. A graduate from BYU, he received a master's of business administration degree from Indiana University, where he also taught. He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Delbert V. and Jennie Holbrook Groberg. He and his wife, Jean Sabin Groberg, are parents of 11 children and have 38 grandchildren.

Elder Neil L. Andersen
Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Elder David E. Sorensen
Elder John H. Groberg