The 1989 Announcement of the organization of the
Second Quorum of the Seventy
President Thomas S. Monson
Saturday afternoon session of General Conference
April 1, 1989
"With the continued growth of the Church,
the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have determined that the time
has come to take additional steps to provide for the expansion and regulation
of the Church. We announce, therefore, the organization of the Second Quorum of
the Seventy, to become effective immediately.
“The initial membership of the Second Quorum of the Seventy will be those General Authorities currently serving under a five-year call. Additional Brethren will be added to the Second Quorum of the Seventy from time to time and will serve as Seventies and as General Authorities also under a five-year call.
“The First Quorum of the Seventy will continue much as at present, with its members called from the Second Quorum of the seventy or from the priesthood at large."
-- The Ensign, May 1989, page 17
This action resulted in 38 members
from the First Quorum of the Seventy being retained in that quorum - including
the current Presidency of the Seventy and Elder John Carmack
and Elder Hans Ringger, two brethren who had
previously been called to five-year service. In addition, four new Brethren
were added to the First Quorum of the Seventy (Elders Christensen, Hansen,
The formation of the Second Quorum of the Seventy resulted in 28 Brethren who were serving under a five-year call being assigned to the new Quorum. In addition, eight new brethren were added to the Second Quorum. This brought the total membership of the Second Quorum to 36.
Both quorums of the Seventy will be presided over by the Presidency of the Seventy, making a total of 78 Seventies and a total of 101 General Authorities on April 1, 1989.