SALT LAKE CITY -- A Top of Utah man was called to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints First Quorum of Seventy at the 181st Annual General Conference.
Elder Carl B. Cook, 53, of Liberty, was sustained by members of the church Saturday as he was announced to his post.
Cook has a bachelor's degree in business from Weber State College and an MBA from Utah State University. He retired from a global document management and technology company.
He later was involved in real estate development.
Members of the Seventy have responsibility for administering the work of the church throughout the world under the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Some also have executive responsibilities in a number of church departments. Members of the First Quorum of the Seventy usually serve to age 70.
Cook was released as an area seventy to fulfill that calling. In service to the church, he has served as a mission president in New Zealand and was earlier a bishop and later a stake president in Riverdale.
Also released as an area seventy was Donald J. Keyes, of Uintah. His term will end May 1.
Keyes has accepted a calling to serve as a mission president. The presidents of missions serve for three years.
Two new area seventy announced in the Top of Utah are Gary B. Porter, 60, of Centerville, and Lynn L. Summerhays, 62, of Farmington.