When he was released from the presiding bishopric, Peterson became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the church. In this capacity, he was made the president of the Jordan River Utah Temple of the church, a position he held for three years. Peterson continued his activities as a general authority until he was given emeritus status in October 1993.
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. Patriarch emeritus and former Patriarch to the Church; Smith is the oldest living general authority and the only emeritus general authority who was not a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.