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New Area Leadership Assignments

The First Presidency has announced changes in assignments for area leadership. The changes are effective beginning August 15, 2005.

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has completed an assignment as President of the Europe Central Area. Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Ronald A. Rasband have been called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy.

All members of Area Presidencies belong to the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy unless otherwise noted.

Presidency of the Seventy: Earl C. Tingey: 1. North America East, 2. North America Northeast; D. Todd Christofferson: 3. North America Southeast; Charles Didier: 4. North America Southwest; Merrill J. Bateman: 5. Utah North, 6. Utah Salt Lake City, 7. Utah South; Robert C. Oaks: 8. North America Central; Neil L. Andersen: 9. Idaho; Ronald A. Rasband: 10. North America Northwest, 11. North America West

12. Mexico North: Robert J. Whetten, President; C. Scott Grow, First Counselor; Jorge A. Rojas * , Second Counselor

13. Mexico South: Craig C. Christensen, President; Clate W. Mask, First Counselor; Marco A. Cardenas * , Second Counselor

14. Central America: Spencer V. Jones, President; W. Douglas Shumway, First Counselor; Jose E. Boza * , Second Counselor

15. South America North: Claudio R. M. Costa, President; Benjamin De Hoyos, First Counselor; César A. Dávila * , Second Counselor

16. South America West: Carlos H. Amado, President; James M. Dunn, First Counselor; Willy F. Zuzunaga * , Second Counselor

17. Brazil North: Robert R. Steuer, President; Walter F. González, First Counselor; Pedro J. Penha * , Second Counselor

18. Brazil South: Mervyn B. Arnold, President; Ulisses Soares, First Counselor; Paulo R. Grahl * , Second Counselor

19. Chile: Francisco J. Viñas, President; Carl B. Pratt, First Counselor; Oscar W. Chavez * , Second Counselor

20. South America South: L. Whitney Clayton, President; Lynn G. Robbins, First Counselor; Fernando D. Ortega * , Second Counselor

21. Europe West: Gerald N. Lund, President; Kenneth Johnson, First Counselor; David S. Baxter * , Second Counselor

22. Europe Central: Bruce C. Hafen, President; W. Craig Zwick, First Counselor; Wolfgang H. Paul, Second Counselor

23. Europe East: Dennis B. Neuenschwander, President; Wayne S. Peterson, First Counselor; Paul B. Pieper, Second Counselor

24. Africa West: Sheldon F. Child, President; Lowell M. Snow, First Counselor; Adesina J. Olukanni * , Second Counselor

25. Africa Southeast: Christoffel Golden Jr., President; William W. Parmley, First Counselor; Allen P. Young * , Second Counselor

26. Asia: Daryl H. Garn, President; Donald L. Hallstrom, First Counselor; D. Allen Andersen * , Second Counselor

27. Asia North: William R. Walker, President; David F. Evans, First Counselor; Won Yong Ko, Second Counselor

28. Philippines: Richard J. Maynes, President; D. Rex Gerratt, First Counselor; Remus G. Villarete * , Second Counselor

29. Australia: David R. Stone, President; Paul K. Sybrowsky, First Counselor; John R. Gibson * , Second Counselor

30. New Zealand/Pacific Islands: Spencer J. Condie, President; H. Bruce Stucki, First Counselor; Richard H. Winkel, Second Counselor

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Changes Made to the Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Ronald A. Rasband have been called to serve as members of the Presidency of the Seventy effective August 15, 2005. Elder Andersen and Elder Rasband will succeed Elder David E. Sorensen and Elder John H. Groberg. Elder Sorensen has been serving in the Presidency of the Seventy since October 1998; Elder Groberg has served in the Presidency since April 2004.

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the First Quorum of the Seventy has been called to serve as one of seven Presidents of the Seventy. Before beginning this new assignment, he was serving as the President of the Brazil South Area.

Elder Andersen recently spoke in general conference on discerning evil and choosing the good.

He said: “The choice between good and evil is at the very heart of our experience on earth. In the final review of our lives, it will not really matter if we were rich or poor, if we were athletic or not, if we had friends or were often forgotten.

“We can work, study, laugh and have fun, dance, sing, and enjoy many different experiences. These are a wonderful part of life, but they are not central to why we are here. The opportunity to choose good over evil is precisely why we are here” (“Beware of the Evil behind the Smiling Eyes,” Liahona, May 2005, 46–47).

Elder Andersen was called to serve as a Seventy in April 1993. He has since served as executive director of the Church’s Audiovisual Department and assistant executive director of the Priesthood Department; a counselor in the Utah North, Utah South, North America Southwest, North America Northeast, and Europe West Area Presidencies; and first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Andersen served as president of the France Bordeaux Mission and as president of the Tampa Florida Stake. As a young man he served a full-time mission in France.

Elder Andersen graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a master’s of business administration from Harvard University. After completing his education, he settled in Tampa, Florida, where he held partnership and senior management positions in advertising, real estate, and health care businesses.

Elder Andersen and his wife, Kathy Williams Andersen, are the parents of four children and have nine grandchildren.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the First Quorum of the Seventy has been called to serve as one of seven Presidents of the Seventy. Prior to this call, Elder Rasband was serving as executive director of the Temple Department.

He was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 2000. Elder Rasband has served as First Counselor in the Europe Central Area Presidency and President of the Utah Salt Lake City Area.

Elder Rasband attended the University of Utah. In 1995, Utah Valley State College awarded him an honorary doctorate of business and commerce. His early career included executive sales positions with ZCMI. In 1976, he joined Huntsman Container Company as a sales representative, and in 1987, he was appointed president and chief operating officer of Huntsman Chemical Corporation.

When he left Huntsman Corporation in 1996 to serve as president of the New York New York North mission, he was also serving as a member of the board of directors.

As a young man, he served as a full-time missionary in the Eastern States Mission.

During his first conference address after being called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Rasband testified of the one-on-one ministry of the Savior.

He said: “Throughout my life, I have come to know through my own experiences that Heavenly Father hears and answers our personal prayers. I know that Jesus is the living Christ and that He knows each of us individually, or as the scriptures express it, ‘one by one’” (“One by One,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 36).

Elder Rasband was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1951. He married Melanie Twitchell in 1973. They are the parents of five children and have nine grandchildren.

Dedications Bring Operating Temples Worldwide to 122

With the recent dedications of the San Antonio Texas, Aba Nigeria, and Newport Beach California Temples, the total number of operating temples around the world has now reached 122.

Since President Gordon B. Hinckley was called to lead the Church in 1995, the Lord has directed temple construction in a way few expected. In the last 10 years, 84 temples have been announced or dedicated—nearly double the 47 temples dedicated in the previous 118 years.

President Hinckley has said that the temple is a place where we can learn more about life after death and the purpose of this life.

“Every temple that this Church has built has in effect stood as a monument to our belief in the immortality of the human soul, that this phase of mortal life through which we pass is part of a continuous upward climb, so to speak, and that as certain as there is life here, there will be life there,” he said. “That is our firm belief. It comes about through the Atonement of the Savior, and the temple becomes, as I have indicated, the bridge from this life to the next” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, May 2001, 16).

The 122 operating temples include the Apia Samoa Temple, which was rededicated on September 4, 2005, after the original structure was destroyed by fire in 2003. An additional nine temples are under construction or have been announced.

Temples around the World

Operating Temples

Dedication Date

1 St. George Utah

April 6, 1877

2 Logan Utah

May 17, 1884

3 Manti Utah

May 21, 1888

4 Salt Lake

April 6, 1893

5 Laie Hawaii

November 27, 1919

6 Cardston Alberta

August 26, 1923

7 Mesa Arizona

October 23, 1927

8 Idaho Falls Idaho

September 23, 1945

9 Bern Switzerland

September 11, 1955

10 Los Angeles California

March 11, 1956

11 Hamilton New Zealand

April 20, 1958

12 London England

September 7, 1958

13 Oakland California

November 19, 1964

14 Ogden Utah

January 18, 1972

15 Provo Utah

February 9, 1972

16 Washington D.C.

November 19, 1974

17 São Paulo Brazil

October 30, 1978

18 Tokyo Japan

October 27, 1980

19 Seattle Washington

November 17, 1980

20 Jordan River Utah

November 16, 1981

21 Atlanta Georgia

June 1, 1983

22 Apia Samoa

August 5, 1983

23 Nuku‘alofa Tonga

August 9, 1983

24 Santiago Chile

September 15, 1983

25 Papeete Tahiti

October 27, 1983

26 Mexico City Mexico

December 2, 1983

27 Boise Idaho

May 25, 1984

28 Sydney Australia

September 20, 1984

29 Manila Philippines

September 25, 1984

30 Dallas Texas

October 19, 1984

31 Taipei Taiwan

November 17, 1984

32 Guatemala City Guatemala

December 14, 1984

33 Freiberg Germany

June 29, 1985

34 Stockholm Sweden

July 2, 1985

35 Chicago Illinois

August 9, 1985

36 Johannesburg South Africa

August 24, 1985

37 Seoul Korea

December 14, 1985

38 Lima Peru

January 10, 1986

39 Buenos Aires Argentina

January 17, 1986

40 Denver Colorado

October 24, 1986

41 Frankfurt Germany

August 28, 1987

42 Portland Oregon

August 19, 1989

43 Las Vegas Nevada

December 16, 1989

44 Toronto Ontario

August 25, 1990

45 San Diego California

April 25, 1993

46 Orlando Florida

October 9, 1994

47 Bountiful Utah

January 8, 1995

48 Hong Kong China

May 26, 1996

49 Mount Timpanogos Utah

October 13, 1996

50 St. Louis Missouri

June 1, 1997

51 Vernal Utah

November 2, 1997

52 Preston England

June 7, 1998

53 Monticello Utah

July 26, 1998

54 Anchorage Alaska

January 9, 1999

55 Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico

March 6, 1999

56 Madrid Spain

March 19, 1999

57 Bogotá Colombia

April 24, 1999

58 Guayaquil Ecuador

August 1, 1999

59 Spokane Washington

August 21, 1999

60 Columbus Ohio

September 4, 1999

61 Bismarck North Dakota

September 19, 1999

62 Columbia South Carolina

October 16, 1999

63 Detroit Michigan

October 23, 1999

64 Halifax Nova Scotia

November 14, 1999

65 Regina Saskatchewan

November 14, 1999

66 Billings Montana

November 20, 1999

67 Edmonton Alberta

December 11, 1999

68 Raleigh North Carolina

December 18, 1999

69 St. Paul Minnesota

January 9, 2000

70 Kona Hawaii

January 23, 2000

71 Ciudad Juárez Mexico

February 26, 2000

72 Hermosillo Sonora Mexico

February 27, 2000

73 Albuquerque New Mexico

March 5, 2000

74 Oaxaca Mexico

March 11, 2000

75 Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico

March 12, 2000

76 Louisville Kentucky

March 19, 2000

77 Palmyra New York

April 6, 2000

78 Fresno California

April 9, 2000

79 Medford Oregon

April 16, 2000

80 Memphis Tennessee

April 23, 2000

81 Reno Nevada

April 23, 2000

82 Cochabamba Bolivia

April 30, 2000

83 Tampico Mexico

May 20, 2000

84 Nashville Tennessee

May 21, 2000

85 Villahermosa Mexico

May 21, 2000

86 Montréal Québec

June 4, 2000

87 San José Costa Rica

June 4, 2000

88 Fukuoka Japan

June 11, 2000

89 Adelaide Australia

June 15, 2000

90 Melbourne Australia

June 16, 2000

91 Suva Fiji

June 18, 2000

92 Mérida Mexico

July 8, 2000

93 Veracruz Mexico

July 9, 2000

94 Baton Rouge Louisiana

July 16, 2000

95 Oklahoma City Oklahoma

July 30, 2000

96 Caracas Venezuela

August 20, 2000

97 Houston Texas

August 26, 2000

98 Birmingham Alabama

September 3, 2000

99 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

September 17, 2000

100 Boston Massachusetts

October 1, 2000

101 Recife Brazil

December 15, 2000

102 Porto Alegre Brazil

December 17, 2000

103 Montevideo Uruguay

March 18, 2001

104 Winter Quarters Nebraska

April 22, 2001

105 Guadalajara Mexico

April 29, 2001

106 Perth Australia

May 20, 2001

107 Columbia River Washington

November 18, 2001

108 Snowflake Arizona

March 3, 2002

109 Lubbock Texas

April 21, 2002

110 Monterrey Mexico

April 28, 2002

111 Campinas Brazil

May 17, 2002

112 Asunción Paraguay

May 19, 2002

113 Nauvoo Illinois

June 27, 2002

114 The Hague Netherlands

September 8, 2002

115 Brisbane Australia

June 15, 2003

116 Redlands California

September 14, 2003

117 Accra Ghana

January 11, 2004

118 Copenhagen Denmark

May 23, 2004

119 Manhattan New York

June 13, 2004

120 San Antonio Texas

May 22, 2005

121 Aba Nigeria

August 7, 2005

122 Newport Beach California

August 28, 2005

Announced or under Construction


Announcement Date

A1 Harrison New York

September 30, 1995

A2 Kiev Ukraine

July 20, 1998

A3 Helsinki Finland

April 2, 2000

A4 Sacramento California

April 21, 2001

A5 Curitiba Brazil

August 23, 2002

A6 Panamá City Panamá

August 23, 2002

A7 Rexburg Idaho

December 20, 2003

A8 Draper Utah

October 2, 2004

A9 Twin Falls Idaho

October 2, 2004

Temples by the Numbers


Year the St. George Utah Temple was dedicated, the oldest currently operating temple.


Temples dedicated in the following 100 years, ending with the São Paulo Brazil Temple in 1978.


Temples dedicated during the 1980s, the most in any decade until 2000—including the 25 dedicated in the 1990s.


Temples dedicated in 2000, the most in any year.


Temples dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in an eight-day period from June 11–18, 2000, the most ever in that time span.


Countries with at least one dedicated temple in 1978.


Countries with at least one dedicated or announced temple in 2005.


Years the Salt Lake Temple was under construction.


Calendar years since 1980 during which no temple was dedicated: 1982, 1988, 1991, and 1992.


Years between the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple and the Laie Hawaii Temple, the longest span between dedications among currently operating temples.


Times two temples have been dedicated on the same day since the small temple building program was announced.


Square footage (23,500 m2) of the Salt Lake Temple (including annex), the largest temple in the Church.


Height, in feet (85 m), of the Washington D.C. Temple, the tallest in the Church.

Museum Accepting Entries for Seventh International Art Competition

The Museum of Church History and Art is accepting artwork from professional and amateur Latter-day Saint artists for its Seventh International Art Competition. The theme for this competition is “Our Heritage of Faith.”

Artists can begin submitting entry forms and photographs of their original artwork to the competition immediately. To be eligible for competition, entries must have been created after January 1, 2003. All entry forms must be submitted online or postmarked on or before October 21, 2005. Entries may be submitted through an online entry form. Go to, click “Church History,” then “Museum of Church History and Art.” Entry forms are available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Artwork will be judged in two rounds. In the first round, artists will submit photographs or digital images of their original artwork to be judged. First-round winners will be notified by mail on or before December 31, 2005. First-round winners will be asked to submit their original artwork to the Museum of Church History and Art for further judging.

The criteria for artwork submissions are the following:

“A concept, idea, or story related to (1) Latter-day Saint doctrines, beliefs, and teachings, including messages or stories from the scriptures and teachings of the prophets; (2) events, places, and people in the history of the Church; (3) the application of gospel teachings and values in Latter-day Saint life.”

Competition organizers said this year’s theme was crafted to be all-encompassing.

“We wanted the topic to be broad and general to include what it means to be a Latter-day Saint,” said Robert Davis, senior museum curator. “We want to make the competition as open as possible to artists around the world.”

Brother Davis said the competition has proven to be an excellent way to identify up-and-coming artists.

Previous competition entries have included paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, textiles, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, wood carvings, photography, and metal work.

Second-round winners’ artwork will be displayed at the Museum of Church History and Art from March 24 to September 4, 2006.

The museum will offer Purchase Awards and up to 20 Merit Awards of U.S. $500 each to top second-round winners. Three Visitors’ Choice Awards of $500 each will also be given at the conclusion of the exhibit in September.

The museum sponsors the International Art Competition every three years. During the competition in 2003, the museum displayed more than 171 pieces of artwork. A gallery of this artwork can be viewed at Since the competition began in 1988, members have submitted more than 4,500 pieces of art to be judged.

Alma Arise was part of the Sixth International Art Competition. (Alma Arise, by Walter Rane, © IRI—may not be copied.)

Additional Sharing Time Ideas, October 2005

The following are additional ideas Primary leaders may use with the Sharing Time printed in the October 2005 Liahona. For the lesson, instructions, and activity that correspond with these ideas, see “I Will Always Choose the Right” on pages F4 and F5 of the children’s section in this issue.

1. From the Primary 1 picture packet, enlarge and copy picture 1-38 (Children Playing Ball). Cut it into eight to ten puzzle pieces. Write questions that review the principle of modesty and the principles taught in the Word of Wisdom, such as “What are two things that are good for us as revealed in the Word of Wisdom?” “What are three things we can do to be well groomed?” Attach one question to the back of each puzzle piece. Read the questions one at a time, and invite the child who answers the question correctly to help put the puzzle together. Point out the health and dress of the children in the puzzle’s picture. Read the promise made to those who obey the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89:18–21), and bear testimony of the importance of obedience to these principles. Sing an appropriate song or hymn.

2. Help the children read and discuss Ex. 20:8–11. What does Heavenly Father teach us about the Sabbath day? When was the Sabbath day blessed and hallowed? What does that mean? Ask the children to help you think of ways to keep the Sabbath day holy. With the help of the music leader, pick songs or hymns that suggest activities appropriate for the Sabbath day. As you sing each song, ask the children to listen for things they could do on the Sabbath day. Help them develop their ideas into activities such as filling out a family group sheet, asking Mom or Dad to tell a story about his or her childhood, going to church with the family and singing all the songs, thinking about Jesus during the sacrament, going on a walk to increase gratitude for nature, writing a letter, calling or visiting grandparents, or telling a scripture story with puppets or flannel board figures. Give each child a piece of paper to fold into 16 squares. Invite the children to write or draw Sabbath activities suggested by the group in three or four of the squares. Distribute crayons, markers, and paper, and invite each child to decorate a small container or envelope for their “Sabbath Day Activities.” Cut the paper into 16 squares, and put them into the container. Suggest that the children take the container home and fill in the rest of the squares with the help of their families. Each week they can honor the Sabbath day by drawing a square out of the container and doing that activity with their family.

3. Two of My Gospel Standards counsel about doing things that are “pleasing to Heavenly Father.” How do we know what is “pleasing to Heavenly Father”? Write on wordstrips the following four words and phrases from A of F 1:13: VIRTUOUS, LOVELY, GOOD REPORT, PRAISEWORTHY. Cut each word into letters, and put each word in an envelope. (Or cut each word into puzzle pieces.) Divide the children and teachers into four groups. Invite the groups to unscramble the word(s) (or put the puzzle pieces together) and glue the completed word on the envelope. Tell the children that the following activities will help them learn the meaning of the words and what is “pleasing to Heavenly Father.” Divide the room into four stations, post one of the words at each station, and rotate the four groups through each of the following activities: (1) Read a story from the Friend. Ask the children to share titles of their favorite books or stories. (2) Play a game or do an activity from the Friend. (3) Sing appropriate Primary songs. You may want to add simple rhythm instruments or actions. (4) Play a short video segment appropriate for children from the meetinghouse library, such as Sharing Time with President Hinckley (item no. 53331). Gather the children, and discuss the activities and how they felt while participating in them. Emphasize that we want to be able to feel the Spirit when we are reading, singing, or watching anything. Repeat the thirteenth article of faith.