Seventy to Kick Off “Pioneers in Every Land” Lecture Series

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
Date
Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
Location
Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple, Salt Lake City

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has spread from Tahiti to Taiwan. Latter-day Saint men and women are building the kingdom of God all over the world.

Article Highlights

  • Elder Hamula will be the first to speak in a series of lectures focusing on pioneers in their respective countries.
  • This event is free and open to the public.
  • Limited free parking is available at the Conference Center for those attending; however, it is advised to use the UTA transit system.

The Church History Library’s 2015 lecture series will be centered on the theme “Pioneers in Every Land.” No longer an organization made up mostly of U.S. members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has spread from Tahiti to Taiwan. Latter-day Saint men and women are building the kingdom of God all over the world. All are invited to come hear their stories, feel their challenges, and be inspired by their faith.

Elder James J. Hamula of the First Quorum of the Seventy will be the kickoff speaker for the series. His presentation is entitled “‘To Every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and People’: Pioneers in Every Land.” The lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. This event is free and open to the public.

Elder James J. Hamula is currently Assistant Executive Director of the Church History Department. He recently returned from serving as Area President of the Pacific Area headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. “There is no place in the Pacific that is beyond the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ,” he said. “There is no place He doesn’t know.”

Elder Hamula practiced law before his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy, receiving his juris doctorate from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Joyce, served together in the Washington D.C. South Mission, where he presided as mission president. He was also called as an Area Seventy presiding over the North America Southwest Area. Elder and Sister Hamula now enjoy being the parents of six children, two of whom are currently serving full-time missions. Their twin boys are serving in Taiwan and Mexico, and their daughter just returned home from Japan.

This free lecture is part of the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land Lecture Series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple Street. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending this event. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, please use the UTA transit system.

For those who cannot attend, this lecture will be available on history.lds.org a few weeks after the lecture. All previous lectures from past years are also available on this site. For more information, or to download a brochure listing all this year’s lectures, please go to the website history.lds.org or call 1-801-240-2272.

Elder James J. Hamula