Glenn L. Pace

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Glenn L. Pace
Emeritus General Authority
October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03) – October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Second Counselor in the General Young Men's Presidency
2001 – 2004
Called by F. Melvin Hammond
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) – October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
Called by Robert D. Hales
End reason Honorably released
Personal details
Born Glenn Leroy Pace
Provo, Utah, United States

Glenn Leroy Pace has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1985. He served as a member of the presiding bishopric and the First Quorum of Seventy and in 2010 was designated an emeritus general authority.


Pace holds bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University.[1]


Prior to becoming a general authority, Pace worked for several years as the managing director of the LDS Church Welfare program. Earlier in his career he spent several years working in major financial positions in many for-profit companies.

Pace worked for two "big eight" financial firms and as a CFO of a land development firm. Pace began working as a welfare services manager in 1980.[2] Among other assignments while in this position Pace accompanied M. Russell Ballard on a trip to Ethiopia in early 1985 to determine what assistance the church could provide in providing famine relief.[3]

Church service[edit]

Born in Provo, Utah, to Latter-day Saint parents, Pace has been affiliated with the LDS Church all his life. He was baptized at the age of eight years and served as a missionary church in the church's New England States Mission from 1960 to 1962.[4]

Pace worked full-time as the managing director of the church's welfare services for several years prior to his call as a general authority.[4]

Pace has served in the LDS Church as an elders quorum president, counselor in a bishopric, and stake clerk early in his adulthood. He also served as the first president of the Australia Sydney North Mission of the church in 1992, while serving in the First Quorum of Seventy.[4]

Pace became the second counselor to Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales in 1985. In 1992, Pace was released from this position and became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.[5] In 1997 and 1998, he was a member of the general presidency of the church's Sunday School and from 2001[6] to 2003[7] he was in the general presidency of the Young Men organization.

Pace was released and designated an emeritus general authority at the LDS Church's October 2010 general conference.[8]

Ritualistic child abuse investigation[edit]

Main article: Pace memorandum

In July 1990, when he was a member of the LDS Church's presiding bishopric, Pace wrote an internal memorandum to the church's Strengthening Church Members Committee about his investigations into sixty alleged incidents of ritualized child abuse among Latter-day Saints in Utah, Idaho, California, Mexico, and elsewhere. Pace concluded that he believed the allegations and that he suspected parents and other members were participating in ritualized child abuse.[9][10][11][12]

In 1991, the Utah State Legislature appropriated $250,000 for the Attorney General's office to investigate these allegations. The investigators interviewed hundreds of alleged victims, but they were "unable to substantiate with physical evidence the incidents reported". The 1995 report added that the specific accusations against church leaders were "absurd", and the head of psychiatry at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City said he "has never been able to independently verify memories of satanic ritual abuse".[13][14][15]


Pace has written three books:

  • Spiritual Plateaus (Deseret Book, 1991), about three plateaus Latter-day Saints face: testimony, sanctification, and spiritual graduate school.
  • Spiritual Revival (Deseret Book, 1993).
  • Safe Journey: An African Adventure (Shadow Mountain, 2003), about his various journeys in Africa, many of which were connected with the operations of the LDS Humanitarian Services.


Pace is married to Jolene Clayson and they are the parents of six children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2008 Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 49.
  2. ^ "Glenn L. Pace, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric," Ensign, May 1985, p. 95.
  3. ^ M. Russell Ballard, "Prepare to Serve," Ensign, May 1985, p. 41.
  4. ^ a b c "New mission president". Church News (Deseret News). November 28, 1992. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  5. ^ "New callings and releases: First Quorum of the Seventy". Church News (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News). October 10, 1992. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Changes in leadership made". Church News (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News). October 6, 2001. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  7. ^ "6 full-time general authorities released". Church News (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News). October 4, 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  8. ^ Scott Taylor (October 3, 2010). "Five Mormon Church leaders given emeritus status". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  9. ^ Glenn L. Pace, "Ritualistic Child Abuse" Archived December 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., memorandum to Strengthening Church Members Committee, 1990-07-19. A photoreproduction of the memo is in Jerald and Sandra Tanner (1992). Satanic Ritual Abuse and Mormonism (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Lighthouse Ministry) and is available at
  10. ^ James Coates, "Mormons Study Satanism Claims: Members Report Abuse As Kids By Renegade Cliques", Arizona Republic, 1990-11-03, p. A7.
  11. ^ Salt Lake Tribune, 1991-10-25, p. A1.[full citation needed]
  12. ^ Deseret News, 1991-10-25, p. A1.[full citation needed]
  13. ^ Michael R. King and Matt Jacobson (1995). Ritual Crime in the State of Utah: Investigation, Analysis & A Look Forward (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Attorney General's Office).
  14. ^ "Report Finds Little Proof of Ritual Abuse", Deseret News, 1995-04-25, p. B2.
  15. ^ "Satanism Probe Comes Up Empty," Salt Lake Tribune, 1995-02-28, p. D3.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
F. Melvin Hammond
Second Counselor in the General Young Men's Presidency
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Lynn G. Robbins
Preceded by
J. Richard Clarke
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1985 – October 3, 1992
Succeeded by
Richard C. Edgley