New Area Leaders Assigned

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

    New Area Leaders Assigned

    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

    Clayton, L. Whitney

    L. Whitney Clayton

    Assists in all areas

    Hallstrom, Donald L.

    Donald L. Hallstrom

    North America Northwest

    North America West

    Maynes, Richard J.

    Richard J. Maynes

    North America Southeast

    Christensen, Craig C.

    Craig C. Christensen

    Utah North

    Utah Salt Lake City

    Utah South

    Soares, Ulisses

    Ulisses Soares


    North America Central

    Robbins, Lynn G.

    Lynn G. Robbins

    North America Southwest

    Gong, Gerrit W.

    Gerrit W. Gong

    North America Northeast

    Africa Southeast

    Hamilton, Kevin S.

    Kevin S. Hamilton


    Ellis, Stanley G.

    Stanley G. Ellis

    First Counselor

    Palmer, S. Mark

    S. Mark Palmer

    Second Counselor

    Africa West

    Vinson, Terence M.

    Terence M. Vinson


    Nash, Marcus B.

    Marcus B. Nash

    First Counselor

    Stanfill, Vern P.

    Vern P. Stanfill

    Second Counselor


    Funk, Randy D.

    Randy D. Funk


    Wong, Chi Hong (Sam)

    Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

    First Counselor

    Evans, David F.

    David F. Evans

    Second Counselor

    Asia North

    Whiting, Scott D.

    Scott D. Whiting


    Yamashita, Kazuhiko

    Kazuhiko Yamashita

    First Counselor

    Choi, Yoon Hwan

    Yoon Hwan Choi

    Second Counselor


    Costa, Claudio R. M.

    Claudio R. M. Costa


    Aidukaitis, Marcos A.

    Marcos A. Aidukaitis

    First Counselor

    Bassett, W. Mark

    W. Mark Bassett

    Second Counselor


    Gonzalez, Walter F.

    Walter F. González


    Zivic, Claudio D.

    Claudio D. Zivic

    First Counselor

    Martinez, Hugo E.

    Hugo E. Martinez

    Second Counselor

    Central America

    Duncan, Kevin R.

    Kevin R. Duncan


    Ochoa, Adrian

    Adrián Ochoa

    First Counselor

    Alonso, Jose L.

    Jose L. Alonso

    Second Counselor


    Kearon, Patrick

    Patrick Kearon


    Johnson, Paul V.

    Paul V. Johnson

    First Counselor

    Sabin, Gary B.

    Gary B. Sabin

    Second Counselor

    Europe East

    Porter, Bruce D.

    Bruce D. Porter


    Martino, James B.

    James B. Martino

    First Counselor

    Kacher, Larry S.

    Larry S. Kacher

    Second Counselor


    Pieper, Paul B.

    Paul B. Pieper


    Valenzuela, Arnulfo

    Arnulfo Valenzuela

    First Counselor

    Pino, Rafael E.

    Rafael E. Pino

    Second Counselor

    Middle East/Africa North

    Administered from Church headquarters

    Lawrence, Larry R.

    Larry R. Lawrence

    Andersen, WIlford W.

    Wilford W. Andersen


    Haleck, O. Vincent

    O. Vincent Haleck


    Nielsen, S. Gifford

    S. Gifford Nielsen

    First Counselor

    Cardon, Craig A.

    Craig A. Cardon

    Second Counselor


    Bowen, Shayne M.

    Shayne M. Bowen


    Haynie, Allen D.

    Allen D. Haynie

    First Counselor

    Schmutz, Evan A.

    Evan A. Schmutz

    Second Counselor

    South America Northwest

    Godoy, Carlos A.

    Carlos A. Godoy


    Corbridge, Lawrence E.

    Lawrence E. Corbridge

    First Counselor

    Montoya, Hugo

    Hugo Montoya

    Second Counselor

    South America South

    Teixeira, Jose A.

    José A. Teixeira


    Packer, Allan F.

    Allan F. Packer

    First Counselor

    Bragg, Mark A.

    Mark A. Bragg

    Second Counselor