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New Area Leaders Assigned
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“New Area Leaders Assigned,” Ensign, August 2016, 14–15

New Area Leaders Assigned

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Ensign Magazine, 2016/08 Aug

The First Presidency has announced changes in area leadership assignments, effective on August 1, 2016. All members of Area Presidencies are General Authority Seventies.

The Seventy are called by revelation, under the direction of the First Presidency, to assist the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in their ministry throughout the world.

During Christ’s mortal ministry, He called the Seventy, instructed them in a manner similar to the Twelve Apostles, and sent them out “before his face,” explaining that those who heard their voices would hear His voice (see Matthew 10:1, 16–17; Luke 10).

In a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1835, the Lord revealed, among other things, “the order of the Seventy, that they should have seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy” (D&C 107:93).

Presidency of the Seventy

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Clayton, L. Whitney

L. Whitney Clayton

Assists in all areas

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Hallstrom, Donald L.

Donald L. Hallstrom

North America Northwest

North America West

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Maynes, Richard J.

Richard J. Maynes

North America Southeast

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Christensen, Craig C.

Craig C. Christensen

Utah North

Utah Salt Lake City

Utah South

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Soares, Ulisses

Ulisses Soares

Idaho

North America Central

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Robbins, Lynn G.

Lynn G. Robbins

North America Southwest

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Gong, Gerrit W.

Gerrit W. Gong

North America Northeast

Africa Southeast

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Hamilton, Kevin S.

Kevin S. Hamilton

President

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Ellis, Stanley G.

Stanley G. Ellis

First Counselor

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Palmer, S. Mark

S. Mark Palmer

Second Counselor

Africa West

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Vinson, Terence M.

Terence M. Vinson

President

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Nash, Marcus B.

Marcus B. Nash

First Counselor

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Stanfill, Vern P.

Vern P. Stanfill

Second Counselor

Asia

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Funk, Randy D.

Randy D. Funk

President

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Wong, Chi Hong (Sam)

Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

First Counselor

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Evans, David F.

David F. Evans

Second Counselor

Asia North

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Whiting, Scott D.

Scott D. Whiting

President

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Yamashita, Kazuhiko

Kazuhiko Yamashita

First Counselor

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Choi, Yoon Hwan

Yoon Hwan Choi

Second Counselor

Brazil

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Costa, Claudio R. M.

Claudio R. M. Costa

President

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Aidukaitis, Marcos A.

Marcos A. Aidukaitis

First Counselor

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Bassett, W. Mark

W. Mark Bassett

Second Counselor

Caribbean

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Gonzalez, Walter F.

Walter F. González

President

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Zivic, Claudio D.

Claudio D. Zivic

First Counselor

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Martinez, Hugo E.

Hugo E. Martinez

Second Counselor

Central America

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Duncan, Kevin R.

Kevin R. Duncan

President

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Ochoa, Adrian

Adrián Ochoa

First Counselor

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Alonso, Jose L.

Jose L. Alonso

Second Counselor

Europe

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Kearon, Patrick

Patrick Kearon

President

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Paul V. Johnson

Paul V. Johnson

First Counselor

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Sabin, Gary B.

Gary B. Sabin

Second Counselor

Europe East

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Porter, Bruce D.

Bruce D. Porter

President

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Martino, James B.

James B. Martino

First Counselor

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Kacher, Larry S.

Larry S. Kacher

Second Counselor

Mexico

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Pieper, Paul B.

Paul B. Pieper

President

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Valenzuela, Arnulfo

Arnulfo Valenzuela

First Counselor

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Pino, Rafael E.

Rafael E. Pino

Second Counselor

Middle East/Africa North

Administered from Church headquarters

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Lawrence, Larry R.

Larry R. Lawrence

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Andersen, WIlford W.

Wilford W. Andersen

Pacific

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Haleck, O. Vincent

O. Vincent Haleck

President

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Nielsen, S. Gifford

S. Gifford Nielsen

First Counselor

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Cardon, Craig A.

Craig A. Cardon

Second Counselor

Philippines

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Bowen, Shayne M.

Shayne M. Bowen

President

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Haynie, Allen D.

Allen D. Haynie

First Counselor

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Schmutz, Evan A.

Evan A. Schmutz

Second Counselor

South America Northwest

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Godoy, Carlos A.

Carlos A. Godoy

President

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Corbridge, Lawrence E.

Lawrence E. Corbridge

First Counselor

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Montoya, Hugo

Hugo Montoya

Second Counselor

South America South

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Teixeira, Jose A.

José A. Teixeira

President

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Packer, Allan F.

Allan F. Packer

First Counselor

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Bragg, Mark A.

Mark A. Bragg

Second Counselor