President Kim B. Clark has served as the 15th president of BYU-Idaho for more than nine years.
For seven of those years he also served as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Members of the Seventy are called to proclaim the gospel and build up the Church. They work under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Presidency of the Seventy, according to www.lds.org.
President Clark said Area Seventies are called to serve in a specific region.
He said he was not called as an Area Seventy, but as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, which meant that he could serve anywhere in the world.
“Officially, I was ordained a Seventy, and I was set apart to serve in the Idaho area,” President Clark said.
President Clark said his time serving as a Seventy helped him in his role as the president of BYU-I and has uplifted him spiritually.
“Serving as a member of the Seventy was a wonderful spiritual experience, and it required a lot of spiritual growth,” President Clark said. “It was a tremendous spiritual experience, which I think spilled over into my work at the university. I think that was the biggest impact.”
President Clark’s wife, Sue, said she was surprised when he was called to be a Seventy.
“I wondered how he going to do that, too,” Sister Clark said. “Initially, it felt like a lot, but it was a wonderful experience, and it was a blessing in our home.”
Sister Clark said she loved to visit other stake conferences with President Clark, and she would join him as often as possible.
“All of my stake conferences were in Idaho,” President Clark said. “Sue was with me on quite a few of those. We did a lot of stake conferences together.”
Sister Clark said the times she did not go to stake conferences with President Clark was if another General Authority was attending without his wife or if she was away helping with their grandchildren.
President Clark said his calling as Seventy was rewarding, but it made Sundays difficult.
“I would get up around six in the morning or early on Sundays, and I wouldn’t get home until after five in the afternoon,” President Clark said.
President Clark said even though his schedule kept Sundays busy, he still loved serving.
“With stake conference assignments, I was anywhere in Idaho,” President Clark said. “I had an assignment in a coordinating council in Idaho Falls, and we met four times a year.”
President Clark said a coordinating council is a group of stake presidents who meet together to organize conferences among their stakes.
He said there were 19 stakes in his coordinating council in Idaho Falls.
“In between the group meetings, I would meet with the stake presidents individually two or three times a year,” President Clark said. “I would go to church with them, interview the stake president and we would go visit families.”
President Clark said he enjoyed serving as a Seventy despite the difficulties he faced.
“It was a great experience,” President Clark said. “The best was visiting families in the areas. I had a lot of amazing experiences.”