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New LDS Apostles, SL Temple Announced LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley has announced two new LDS Apostles and two new temples to be built in Salt Lake County and in Idaho.
(Oct 2, 2004) --SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News) - LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced two new Apostles and two new temples in the opening session of the church's semi-annual general conference.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
New ApostlesElder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar become the newest Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Hinckley announced their new position in the first session of the church's October conference.
Elder Uchtdorf became a General Authority in the LDS Church in 1994. He has served in the presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He is a former executive and pilot for Lufthansa German Airlines. He also served in the German Air Force. Elder Uchtdorf was born Nov. 6, 1940 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia and is the father of two children.
Elder David A. Bednar
Elder David A. Bednar is the president of Brigham Young University-Idaho. He has been president of the University since 1997. He has been serving as an Area Authority Seventy. Before being at BYU-Idaho, Elder Bednar was a professor of management and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Elder Bednar was born June 15, 1952 in San Leandro, CA and is the father of three boys.
The two new Apostles will speak at the Sunday morning session of the church's General Conference.
New TemplesPresident Hinckley also announced plans to build a new temple in Salt Lake County and in Idaho. President Hinckley says the current temples in those areas are overflowing with people.
"The temples in the Salt Lake City area are extremely busy and at times are overloaded. For this reason we have determined to build a new temple in the Salt Lake Valley. The location of the site will be announced shortly," President Hinckley said.
President Hinckley continued, "It may appear we are unduly favoring this area but temple attendance is such that we must accomodate those who wish to come."
"If current growth trends continue we should probably need another," President Hinckley said.
The LDS Church president also addressed church growth in Idaho.
"We're also pleased to announce that we will construct another temple in Idaho. Plans are going forward for one in Rexburg. We are also planning to build another in the city of Twin Falls. This temple will serve thousand of our members who live between Idaho Falls and Boise."
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