SALT LAKE CITY – President Barack Obama nominated various individuals to key posts within his administration Thursday. Among the nominees was Elder Steven E. Snow, a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Snow, a member of the Seventy, a body that makes up a part of the LDS Church leadership, was nominated for an appointment to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. According to its website, the council’s purpose is “to form partnerships between the Federal Government and faith-based and neighborhood organizations to more effectively serve Americans in need.”
Policy goals of the advisory council include:
- Reducing unintended pregnancies, supporting maternal and child health, and reducing the need for abortion
Sen. Orrin Hatch congratulated Snow on the nomination.
“The faith-based office is made up of leaders of religions from across our great country, and Elder Snow’s appointment ensures that the LDS faith will have a seat at the table,” Hatch said. “Elder Snow has provided dedicated service to the Church and I know he will serve as a valuable member of the president’s advisory council.”
Snow is the first member of the LDS Church to serve on the council.
Snow, a St. George native, currently serves as church historian, recorder, and Church History Department executive director for the LDS Church. Prior to his work with the Church, Elder Snow was a senior partner at the Utah law firm of Snow & Nuffer from 1979 to 2001 and a county prosecutor in Washington County, from 1977 to 1979.
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