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Prince’s Research Excerpts: Priesthood & Mormonism – 1986

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1986:  4 Oct.:  Stake 70s quorums discontinued.

“Now, brethren, I would like to read to you a statement recently approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve:

In harmony with the needs of the growth of the Church across the world, the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles have given prayerful consideration to the role of the stake seventies quorums in the Church and have determined to take the following action relative thereto:

1. The seventies quorums in the stakes of the Church are to be discontinued, and the brethren now serving as seventies in these quorums will be asked to return to membership in the elders quorums of their wards.  Stake presidents, in an orderly fashion, may then determine who among such brethren should be ordained to the office of high priest.

This change does not affect the First Quorum of the Seventy, members of which are all General Authorities of the Church.

2. Particular emphasis is to be given in stake mission to cooperating with the full-time proselyting missionaries by finding, friendshipping, fellowshipping;, and fostering member participation in all missionary activities.  A missionary-minded elder or high priest will be called as the stake mission president with his counselors being selected from among the elders or high priests.

Additional detailed instructions regarding this announcement will be provided local priesthood leaders by letter from the First Presidency.

At this time, we commend all who have served both past and present as members of stake seventies quorums of the Church and who have so ably given of their time, talents, and resources in spreading forth the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

(Ezra Taft Benson, 4 Oct., 1986; CR Oct., 1986, pp. 63-64)