General Authorities

Elder Claudio R. M. Costa

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Claudio Roberto Mendes Costa was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2001. He currently serves as president of the Brazil Area. He served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from April 1994 through March 2001.

He has served in the Presidency of the Seventy and as president of the South America North Area, president of the Brazil North Area, and as a counselor in the Brazil and South America South Areas.

He studied marketing in São Paulo as a young man and later served for 13 years in various positions in the Church Educational System. At the time of his calling as a General Authority, he was the director of the Church’s Institute of Religion in São Paulo.

He has served the Church as an institute and seminary teacher, bishop’s counselor, bishop, stake high councilor, stake president’s counselor, mission president, and regional representative.

Claudio Roberto Mendes Costa was born in Santos, Brazil on March 25, 1949. He married Margareth Fernandes Morgado in 1978. They are parents of four children and grandparents of seven.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

Obedience to the ProphetsOctober 2010 General Conference

Priesthood ResponsibilitiesApril 2009 General Conference

Don’t Leave for Tomorrow What You Can Do TodayOctober 2007 General Conference

Fun and HappinessOctober 2002 General Conference

Priceless Principles for SuccessOctober 1994 General Conference

All General Conference talks by Claudio R. M. Costa

Full Name Claudio R. M. Costa

Born March 25, 1949

Place of Birth Santos, Brazil