- How stake president is chosen
Joseph Anderson was chosen by two men in the hierarchy of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — Richard John Maynes,
a member of what is known as the First Quorum of the Seventy at the
church's Salt Lake City headquarters, and Philip K. Bussey, a
member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventies. Bussey is CEO of the
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
The Seventies — so called because they serve until they are 70
years old — carry out duties as assigned by the church's Twelve
Maynes and Bussey interviewed 25 to 30 men for possible
appointment as the new Lodi Stake president on Oct. 16. Then they
prayed over their selection.
"We go to the Lord for confirmation, who's the right person at
this time," Maynes said. "Every (Lodi) leader is qualified worthy
Only men are considered for the stake presidency, according to
outgoing Stake President Jim Cook.
"Scriptures say that men hold the priesthood," Cook said. "The
Savior (God) called 12 apostles, and they were all men."
Stake presidents generally serve for eight to 10 years.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 7:03 am, Sat Oct 23, 2010.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a changing
of the guard last weekend as Jim Cook stepped down as president of
the Lodi Stake after almost 10 years overseeing congregations in
Lodi, Galt, Amador County and Calaveras County.
One of Cook's top lieutenants, Joseph G. Anderson, bishop of
Lodi's Second Ward, was named to succeed him as stake
Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 7:03 am.