New Area Leaders Assigned

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

    New Area Leaders Assigned

    area leadership assignments

    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

    Elder L. Whitney Clayton

    L. Whitney Clayton

    Assists in all areas

    Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

    Donald L. Hallstrom

    North America Northwest

    North America West

    Elder Richard J. Maynes

    Richard J. Maynes

    North America Southeast

    Elder Craig C. Christensen

    Craig C. Christensen

    Utah North

    Utah Salt Lake City

    Utah South

    Elder Ulisses Soares

    Ulisses Soares


    North America Central

    Elder Lynn G. Robbins

    Lynn G. Robbins

    North America Southwest

    Elder Gerrit W. Gong

    Gerrit W. Gong

    North America Northeast

    Africa Southeast

    Elder Kevin S. Hamilton

    Kevin S. Hamilton


    Elder Stanley G. Ellis

    Stanley G. Ellis

    First Counselor

    Elder S. Mark Palmer

    S. Mark Palmer

    Second Counselor

    Africa West

    Elder Terence M. Vinson

    Terence M. Vinson


    Elder Marcus B. Nash

    Marcus B. Nash

    First Counselor

    Elder Vern P. Stanfill

    Vern P. Stanfill

    Second Counselor


    Elder Randy D. Funk

    Randy D. Funk


    Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

    Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

    First Counselor

    Elder David F. Evans

    David F. Evans

    Second Counselor

    Asia North

    Elder Scott D. Whiting

    Scott D. Whiting


    Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

    Kazuhiko Yamashita

    First Counselor

    Elder Yoon Hwan Choi

    Yoon Hwan Choi

    Second Counselor


    Elder Claudio R. M. Costa

    Claudio R. M. Costa


    Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis

    Marcos A. Aidukaitis

    First Counselor

    Elder W. Mark Bassett

    W. Mark Bassett

    Second Counselor


    Elder Walter F. González

    Walter F. González


    Elder Claudio D. Zivic

    Claudio D. Zivic

    First Counselor

    Elder Hugo E. Martinez

    Hugo E. Martinez

    Second Counselor

    Central America

    Elder Kevin R. Duncan

    Kevin R. Duncan


    Elder Adrián Ochoa

    Adrián Ochoa

    First Counselor

    Elder Jose L. Alonso

    Jose L. Alonso

    Second Counselor


    Elder Patrick Kearon

    Patrick Kearon


    Elder Paul V. Johnson

    Paul V. Johnson

    First Counselor

    Elder Gary B. Sabin

    Gary B. Sabin

    Second Counselor

    Europe East

    Elder Bruce D. Porter

    Bruce D. Porter


    Elder James B. Martino

    James B. Martino

    First Counselor

    Elder Larry S. Kacher

    Larry S. Kacher

    Second Counselor


    Elder Paul B. Pieper

    Paul B. Pieper


    Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela

    Arnulfo Valenzuela

    First Counselor

    Elder Rafael E. Pino

    Rafael E. Pino

    Second Counselor

    Middle East/Africa North

    Administered from Church headquarters

    Elder Larry R. Lawrence

    Larry R. Lawrence

    Elder Wilford W. Andersen

    Wilford W. Andersen


    Elder O. Vincent Haleck

    O. Vincent Haleck


    Elder S. Gifford Nielsen

    S. Gifford Nielsen

    First Counselor

    Elder Craig A. Cardon

    Craig A. Cardon

    Second Counselor


    Elder Shayne M. Bowen

    Shayne M. Bowen


    Elder Allen D. Haynie

    Allen D. Haynie

    First Counselor

    Elder Evan A. Schmutz

    Evan A. Schmutz

    Second Counselor

    South America Northwest

    Elder Carlos A. Godoy

    Carlos A. Godoy


    Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge

    Lawrence E. Corbridge

    First Counselor

    Elder Hugo Montoya

    Hugo Montoya

    Second Counselor

    South America South

    Elder José A. Teixeira

    José A. Teixeira


    Elder Allan F. Packer

    Allan F. Packer

    First Counselor

    Elder Mark A. Bragg

    Mark A. Bragg

    Second Counselor