Due to the Korean War and the one-missionary-per-ward policy that existed during the war, he did not go on a mission. He married Merlene Miner at age 19. Following four years in the Presiding Bishopric, he served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and president of the Texas San Antonio Mission of the LDS Church. After being released from the Seventy and named an emeritus General Authority, he was the president of the Logan Utah Temple from 2002 to 2005.
1. Emeritus general authorities are individuals who have been released from active duties as general authorities. However, they remain general authorities of the church until their death. Most living emeritus general authorities are former members of the First Quorum of the Seventy. 2. Former members of the Presiding Bishopric.