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When millionaire Mormon mining executive Peter Meurs stepped down from his job Monday as he transitions from business to full-time ministry as an LDS general authority, the move sparked headlines in Australia.

Sydney Herald: “Fortescue Metals Group loses Peter Meurs to the Mormons

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Sky News Australia: “Meurs quits Fortescue for Mormon church

Australian Mining: “Peter Meurs quits FMG to join the Mormons

Elder Peter F. Meurs, as he’ll be known in his new role, actually is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served previously as a branch president, bishop, stake president and Area Seventy, and on April 2 he was called as a General Authority Seventy by the faith’s leaders at the church’s worldwide general conference.

“It is completely different, and I see it as a chance to give back after receiving many blessings and having many great opportunities,” Elder Meurs told the Sydney Herald. “It’s a chance to be a teacher and a leader and to try and help other people with their lives.”

The Herald asked the 59-year-old if the move was a sign that his corporate career in Australia was over.

“It does feel a bit like that.”

That a high-profile oil, gas and mineral executive would set aside his career for full-time church service was a striking bit of news, especially since he will remain the 12th biggest Fortescue shareholder with more than $30 million in shares.

To read the full article on the Deseret News, click here