Elder James J. Hamula
August 8, 2017: This morning James J. Hamula was released as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following Church disciplinary action by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder James J. Hamula was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008. At the time of his call, he had been serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area.
From 2009 to 2014, Elder Hamula was a member of the Pacific Area Presidency, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. During three of these five years, Elder Hamula served as Area President. Upon his return to Church headquarters, Elder Hamula served as Assistant Executive Director of the Church History Department from 2014 to 2016. He also served as Executive Director of the Correlation Department.
Elder Hamula received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and philosophy from Brigham Young University in 1981. He graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. In 1985, he received both a master of arts degree in political philosophy and a juris doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. From 1985 until his call to be a General Authority, Elder Hamula practiced law.
Elder Hamula served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Germany Munich Mission, bishop, Young Men president, stake president, president of the Washington D.C. South Mission (1994–1997), and Area Seventy (2000–2008).
James Joseph Hamula was born in Long Beach, California, on November 20, 1957. He married Joyce Anderson in April 1984. They are the parents of six children.
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Full Name James J. Hamula
November 20, 1957
Place of Birth Long Beach, California, United States