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New Area Leaders Assigned
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“New Area Leaders Assigned,” Liahona, August 2015, 12–13

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New Area Leaders Assigned

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The First Presidency has announced changes in area leadership assignments, effective on August 1, 2015. All members of Area Presidencies are members of the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy.

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.

“The history of the Seventies really goes back to the Old Testament,” said President Boyd K. Packer (1924–2015), President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.1 The first reference to the Seventy is found in Exodus 24:1, and they are later referred to in Numbers 11:16–17, 25, when they are gathered to assist Moses.

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).

“We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church,” President Packer said. “And it included Seventies.” (See Articles of Faith 1:6.) In today’s rapidly growing Church, the Seventy play an important role in assisting the Twelve. “Seventies by delegation can do anything the Twelve tell them to do,” President Packer said.2

Liahona Magazine, 2015/08 Aug

Presidency of the Seventy

Rasband, Ronald A.

Ronald A. Rasband

Assists in all areas

Clayton, L. Whitney

L. Whitney Clayton

Utah North

Utah Salt Lake City

Utah South

Hallstrom, Donald L.

Donald L. Hallstrom

North America Northeast

Maynes, Richard J.

Richard J. Maynes

North America Northwest

North America West

Christensen, Craig C.

Craig C. Christensen

Idaho

North America Central

Soares, Ulisses

Ulisses Soares

North America Southeast

Robbins, Lynn G.

Lynn G. Robbins

North America Southwest

Africa Southeast

Ellis, Stanley G.

Stanley G. Ellis

First Counselor

Cook, Carl B.

Carl B. Cook

President

Hamilton, Kevin S.

Kevin S. Hamilton

Second Counselor

Africa West

Vinson, Terence M.

Terence M. Vinson

First Counselor

Curtis, LeGrand R., Jr.

LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.

President

Evans, David F.

David F. Evans

Second Counselor

Asia

Funk, Randy D.

Randy D. Funk

First Counselor

Gong, Gerrit W.

Gerrit W. Gong

President

Wong, Chi Hong (Sam)

Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

Second Counselor

Asia North

Yamashita, Kazuhiko

Kazuhiko Yamashita

First Counselor

Whiting, Scott D.

Scott D. Whiting

President

Choi, Yoon Hwan

Yoon Hwan Choi

Second Counselor

Brazil

Mazzagardi, Jairo

Jairo Mazzagardi

First Counselor

Costa, Claudio R. M.

Claudio R. M. Costa

President

Aidukaitis, Marcos A.

Marcos A. Aidukaitis

Second Counselor

Caribbean

Zivic, Claudio D.

Claudio D. Zivic

First Counselor

Cornish, J. Devn

J. Devn Cornish

President

Martinez, Hugo E.

Hugo E. Martinez

Second Counselor

Central America

Ochoa, Adrian

Adrián Ochoa

First Counselor

Duncan, Kevin R.

Kevin R. Duncan

President

Alonso, Jose L.

Jose L. Alonso

Second Counselor

Europe

Johnson, Paul V.

Paul V. Johnson

First Counselor

Kearon, Patrick

Patrick Kearon

President

Dyches, Timothy J.

Timothy J. Dyches

Second Counselor

Europe East

Klebingat, Jorg

Jörg Klebingat

First Counselor

Porter, Bruce D.

Bruce D. Porter

President

Kacher, Larry S.

Larry S. Kacher

Second Counselor

Mexico

Pieper, Paul B.

Paul B. Pieper

First Counselor

De Hoyos, Benjamin

Benjamín De Hoyos

President

Valenzuela, Arnulfo

Arnulfo Valenzuela

Second Counselor

Middle East/Africa North

Lawrence, Larry R.

Larry R. Lawrence

Andersen, WIlford W.

Wilford W. Andersen

Administered from Church headquarters

Pacific

Haleck, O. Vincent

O. Vincent Haleck

First Counselor

Pearson, Kevin W.

Kevin W. Pearson

President

Nielsen, S. Gifford

S. Gifford Nielsen

Second Counselor

Philippines

Bowen, Shayne M.

Shayne M. Bowen

First Counselor

Ardern, Ian S.

Ian S. Ardern

President

Haynie, Allen D.

Allen D. Haynie

Second Counselor

South America Northwest

Waddell, W. Christopher

W. Christopher Waddell

First Counselor

Uceda, Juan A.

Juan A. Uceda

President

Godoy, Carlos A.

Carlos A. Godoy

Second Counselor

South America South

Vinas, Francisco J.

Francisco J. Viñas

First Counselor

Gonzalez, Walter F.

Walter F. González

President

Teixeira, Jose A.

José A. Teixeira

Second Counselor