He will be given Emeritus status at the October General Conference and Elder Steven E. Snow will become the new Church Historian.
I don’t know a lot about Elder Snow, but I do know that Elder Jensen will be sorely missed. He has been a tremendous advocate for Church History and those who have had even the most passing personal contact with him know him to be a genuine gem of a person.
Back when I was an undergraduate and still very unsure about the course my life would take (I’m a little more sure now, but only a little), through an interesting series of events I was given the opportunity to have lunch with Elder Jensen and Rick Turley in Elder Jensen’s office. Their candor and compassion as well as the wisdom they shared on that occasion gave me some much needed encouragement and helped me move forward. Somewhere in there Elder Jensen made the remark that Rick Turley would be there for a while but he “was just passing through.” Now, that reality is at hand.
Please join me in expressing a heartfelt thank you to Elder Jensen for all of his labors and a hearty welcome to Elder Snow.