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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    Area Seventy

  • 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.