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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Changes Made to Church Magazine Advisers 2019

Hello again, everyone! Over the last several months, the Church has made several subtle changes to the Church magazine advisers. This post will provide a look at how those changes have come about, and what things look like in that respect as of now, along with some additional analysis. So let's get into all of that. Here are the changes that have been made over the last several months, concluding with the assignments effective as of the publication of the September 2019 Ensign.

May 2019:
Editor: Randy D. Funk
Advisers: Brian K. Ashton, Randall K. Bennett, Becky Craven, Sharon Eubank, Cristina B. Franco, Donald L. Hallstrom, Larry S. Kacher, Erich W. Kopischke, Lynn G. Robbins

Advisers for whom a release is likely: Brian K. Ashton (released from the Sunday School General Presidency), Donald L. Hallstrom (will likely be granted emeritus status in October), Erich W. Kopischke (will serve in the Europe Area Presidency beginning in August).\

June 2019:
No change.

July 2019:
Editor: Randy D. Funk
Advisers: Randall K. Bennett, Becky Craven, Sharon Eubank, Cristina B. Franco, Donald L. Hallstrom, Larry S. Kacher, Erich W. Kopischke, Lynn G. Robbins

Released as adviser: Brian K. Ashton
No new advisers called.

August 2019:
No change

September 2019:
Editor: Randy D. Funk
Advisers: Becky Craven, Sharon Eubank, Cristina B. Franco, Walter F. Gonzalez, Larry S. Kacher, Adrian Ochoa, Michael T. Ringwood, Vern P. Stanfill

Released as advisers: Randall K. Bennett, Donald L. Hallstrom, Erich W. Kopischke, Lynn G. Robbins
Called as advisers: Walter F. Gonzalez, Adrian Ochoa, Michael T. Ringwood, Vern P. Stanfill

A few observations about these changes: Apparently, a decision has been made to not have any members of the Young Men or Sunday School General Presidencies assigned to serve as advisers to the Church magazines.  As I anticipated, Elders Hallstrom and Kopischke were released, in view of the reasons I noted under the entry for May. But I was surprised by the releases of Elders Bennett and Robbins from their roles as advisers,. As far as I can tell, neither of them are anywhere close to the time where they would be released and granted emeritus status. 

I do know that Elder Robbins was released from his previous area assignment, as of the first of this month, and that Elder Bennett has retained his area assignment. I also know that, according to information released by the Church, Elder Robbins is serving on the Priesthood and Family Executive Council, and on the Scriptures Committee. Additionally, if the 9 General Authority Seventies who have turned or will soon turn 70 are granted emeritus status in October, then that will leave Elder Robbins as the longest-tenured actively-serving General Authority Seventy (in other words, the most senior who has not been granted emeritus status). I don't know if that has any bearing on this, but I thought it was worth noting. 

Four new advisers for the Church magazines have also been called. Elder Gonzales' assignment to serve as an adviser to the Church magazines makes him the second member of the current Utah Area Presidency to be involved in the publication process for the Church magazines. He started serving as Second Counselor in that Area Presidency earlier this month, following his release as President of the Caribbean Area. The other current Utah Area Presidency member overseeing the Church magazines is Elder Randy D. Funk, the current First Counselor in the Area Presidency, who has been serving as the editor of the Church magazines since October of last year, when the previous editor, Elder Hugo E. Martinez, was given an assignment to serve in the Africa West Area Presidency. 

Meanwhile, Elder Adrian Ochoa takes on the assignment as an adviser to the Church magazines while continuing to serve in the North America Southwest Area Presidency, although he has changed assignments in that Presidency from being the Second Counselor to now serving as the First Counselor thereof. As for Elder Michael T. Ringwood (who, as some of you may be aware, is onee of President Nelson's 9 sons-in-law), he has been serving at Church headquarters since August of 2015. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Self-Reliance Services/PEF Committee, Assistant Executive Director of the Missionary Department, and a member of the Welfare and Self-Reliance Executive Committee.

And Elder Vern P.  Stanfill, who has been serving as Second Counselor in the North America Southeast Area, became the First Counselor in that same Area Presidency earlier this month, in addition to serving in several committee assignments at Church headquarters. Having noted this, at some point, I need to look into what new information might be available on the assignments for all current General Authorities, and perhaps cover that in a new blog post, likely within the next few weeks. But regardless of the reasoning behind the latest changes in the advisers to the Church magazines, I have no doubt that these changes are inspired. I continue to monitor all Church news and temple updates and will be sure to bring word of those to you all as I become aware of such developments. 

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