New Area Leaders Assigned
    Footnotes

    “New Area Leaders Assigned,” Ensign, August 2015, 12–13

    New Area Leaders Assigned

    The First Presidency has announced changes in area leadership assignments, effective on August 1, 2015. All members of Area Presidencies are members of the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy.

    The Seventy are called by revelation, under the direction of the First Presidency, to assist the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in their ministry throughout the world.

    “The history of the Seventies really goes back to the Old Testament,” said President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.1 The first reference to the Seventy is found in Exodus 24:1, and they are later referred to in Numbers 11:16–17, 25, when they are gathered to assist Moses.

    During Christ’s mortal ministry, He called the Seventy, instructed them in a manner similar to the Twelve Apostles, and sent them out “before his face,” explaining that those who heard their voices would hear His voice (see Matthew 10:1, 16–17; Luke 10).

    “We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church,” President Packer said. “And it included Seventies.” (See Articles of Faith 1:6.) In today’s rapidly growing Church, the Seventy play an important role in assisting the Twelve. “Seventies by delegation can do anything the Twelve tell them to do,” President Packer said.2

    Notes

    1. Boyd K. Packer, in “The Twelve and the Seventy, Part One: Revelation and the Role of the Seventy” (video), LDS.org.

    2. Boyd K. Packer, in “The Twelve and the Seventy.”

    area leaders

    Presidency of the Seventy

    Ronald A. Rasband

    Assists in all areas

    L. Whitney Clayton

    Utah North

    Utah Salt Lake City

    Utah South

    Donald L. Hallstrom

    North America Northeast

    Richard J. Maynes

    North America Northwest

    North America West

    Craig C. Christensen

    Idaho

    North America Central

    Ulisses Soares

    North America Southeast

    Lynn G. Robbins

    North America Southwest

    Africa Southeast

    Stanley G. Ellis

    First Counselor

    Carl B. Cook

    President

    Kevin S. Hamilton

    Second Counselor

    Africa West

    Terence M. Vinson

    First Counselor

    LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.

    President

    David F. Evans

    Second Counselor

    Asia

    Randy D. Funk

    First Counselor

    Gerrit W. Gong

    President

    Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

    Second Counselor

    Asia North

    Kazuhiko Yamashita

    First Counselor

    Scott D. Whiting

    President

    Yoon Hwan Choi

    Second Counselor

    Brazil

    Jairo Mazzagardi

    First Counselor

    Claudio R. M. Costa

    President

    Marcos A. Aidukaitis

    Second Counselor

    Caribbean

    Claudio D. Zivic

    First Counselor

    J. Devn Cornish

    President

    Hugo E. Martinez

    Second Counselor

    Central America

    Adrián Ochoa

    First Counselor

    Kevin R. Duncan

    President

    Jose L. Alonso

    Second Counselor

    Europe

    Paul V. Johnson

    First Counselor

    Patrick Kearon

    President

    Timothy J. Dyches

    Second Counselor

    Europe East

    Jörg Klebingat

    First Counselor

    Bruce D. Porter

    President

    Larry S. Kacher

    Second Counselor

    Mexico

    Paul B. Pieper

    First Counselor

    Benjamín De Hoyos

    President

    Arnulfo Valenzuela

    Second Counselor

    Middle East/Africa North

    Larry R. Lawrence

    Wilford W. Andersen

    Administered from Church headquarters

    Pacific

    O. Vincent Haleck

    First Counselor

    Kevin W. Pearson

    President

    S. Gifford Nielsen

    Second Counselor

    Philippines

    Shayne M. Bowen

    First Counselor

    Ian S. Ardern

    President

    Allen D. Haynie

    Second Counselor

    South America Northwest

    W. Christopher Waddell

    First Counselor

    Juan A. Uceda

    President

    Carlos A. Godoy

    Second Counselor

    South America South

    Francisco J. Viñas

    First Counselor

    Walter F. González

    President

    José A. Teixeira

    Second Counselor