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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced two changes to the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Carl B. Cook (a member of the presidency since 2018) is now Senior President, and Elder Marcus B. Nash has been appointed to the presidency.

These new assignments fill the vacancy created by Elder Patrick Kearon’s call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in December 2023. Elder Kearon had served as Senior President of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2020.

Elder Carl B. Cook

Elder Cook, a native of Ogden, Utah, has served as a General Authority Seventy since 2011. His assignments prior to the Presidency of the Seventy included time in the Africa Southeast Area Presidency. Elder Cook graduated with degrees from Weber State College and Utah State University. Prior to his call to the Seventy, he worked in commercial real estate development. He and his wife, Lynette, are the parents of five children.

Elder Cook has spoken four times in general conference. In his most recent address, delivered in April 2023, he taught that God can help individuals overcome discouragement and keep going — with faith.

“The God of heaven and earth will help us overcome discouragement and whatever obstacles we encounter if we look to Him, follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and just keep going — with faith,” Elder Cook said. “Regardless of the size, scope, and seriousness of the challenges we face in life, we all have times when we feel like stopping, leaving, escaping, or possibly giving up. But exercising faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, helps us overcome discouragement no matter what obstacles we encounter.”

Elder Marcus B. Nash

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