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Area leadership assignments announced for 2012

Published: Saturday, May 5, 2012

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The First Presidency has announced changes in the Church's area assignments effective Aug. 1. All members of area presidencies are members of the First or Second Quorums of the Seventy.

Members of the Presidency of the Seventy have responsibilities for the areas in North America.

The First Presidency announced last September that the South America South Area and the Chile Area would be combined into one area — the South America South Area, headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These changes will also be effective Aug. 1. The Church now has 15 areas outside North America and 10 areas inside North America for a total of 25.

Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, assists in all areas
Elder Walter F. Gonzalez, North America Southeast
Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Utah North, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah South

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, North America Northeast
Elder Tad R. Callister, North America Southwest
Elder Richard J. Maynes, North America Northwest, North America West

Elder Craig C. Christensen, Idaho, North America Central

Africa Southeast

Elder Dale G. Renlund, President
Elder Ulisses Soares, First counselor
Elder Carl B. Cook, Second counselor

Africa West

Elder John B. Dickson, President
Elder Joseph W. Sitati, First counselor
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., Second counselor


Elder Kent D. Watson, President
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, First counselor
Elder Larry Y. Wilson, Second counselor

Asia North

Elder Michael T. Ringwood, President
Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita, First counselor
Elder Koichi Aoyagi, Second counselor


Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, President
Elder Carlos A. Godoy, First counselor
Elder Jairo Mazzagardi, Second counselor


Elder Wilford W. Anderson, President
Elder J. Devin Cornish, First counselor
Elder Claudio D. Zivic, Second counselor

Central America

Elder James B. Martino, President
Elder Carlos H. Amado, First counselor
Elder Robert C. Gay, Second counselor


Elder Jose A. Teixeira, President
Elder Patrick Kearon, First counselor
Elder Kent F. Richards, Second counselor

Europe East

Elder Larry R. Lawrence, President
Elder Randall K. Bennett, First counselor
Elder Per G. Malm, Second counselor


Elder Daniel L. Johnson, President
Elder Benjamin De Hoyos, First counselor
Elder Jose L. Alonso, Second counselor


Elder James J. Hamula, President
Kevin W. Pearson, First counselor
Elder F. Michael Watson, Second counselor


Elder Michael John U. Teh, President
Elder Brent H. Nielson, First counselor
Elder Ian S. Ardern, Second counselor

South America Northwest

Rafael E. Pino, President
Elder Juan A. Uceda, First counselor
Elder W. Christopher Waddell, Second counselor

South America South

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, President
Elder Jorge F. Zeballos, First counselor
Elder Francisco J. Vinas, Second counselor

Middle East/Africa North

Elder Bruce D. Porter
Elder Bruce A. Carlson