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New area leadership

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Changes in assignments for area leadership have been announced by the First Presidency. The changes are effective Aug. 15, 2004.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve have completed assignments as presidents of the Philippines Area and Chile Area, respectively. Each began service in August 2002. It was the first time in nearly half a century that a member of the Quorum of the Twelve had been assigned to live abroad.

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve will serve as president of the Europe Central Area.

A First Presidency letter to priesthood leaders June 4, stated that "Area Presidencies in the United States and Canada will be discontinued, and those areas supervised directly by the Presidency of the Seventy, under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve." While the entire presidency is responsible for overseeing the work in the 11 affected areas, each member of the presidency has been assigned to a specific area.

Responsibility for the U.S. and Canada areas is as follows:

Elder Earl C. Tingey, North America Northeast, North America East; Elder D. Todd Christofferson, North America Southeast; Elder David E. Sorensen, North America West, North America Northwest; Elder Charles Didier, North America Southwest; Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, North America Central; Elder Merrill J. Bateman, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah North, Utah South; and Elder John H. Groberg, Idaho.

Except for Elder Perry, all members of the area presidencies belong to the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy unless otherwise noted.

Mexico North

South America North

Brazil South

Europe West

Africa West

Philippines

Asia North

Mexico South

South America West

Chile

Europe Central

Africa Southeast

Australia/New Zealand

Central America

Brazil North

South America South

Europe East

Asia

Pacific Islands

Presidency of the Seventy

Ned B. Roueche

First counselor

Robert J. Whetten

President

*Jorge A. Rojas

Second counselor

Walter F. Gonzalez

First counselor

Claudio R.M. Costa

President

*Roberto Garcia

Second counselor

Adhemar Damiani

First counselor

Neil L. Andersen

President

*Paulo R. Grahl

Second counselor

Gerald N. Lund

First counselor

Harold G. Hillam

President

*David S. Baxter

Second counselor

H. Ross Workman

First counselor

Sheldon F. Child

President

R. Conrad Schultz

Second counselor

D. Rex Gerratt

First counselor

Richard J. Maynes

President

David R. Stone

Second counselor

William R. Walker

First counselor

Yoshihiko Kikuchi

President

*Won Yong Ko

Second counselor

Clate W. Mask Jr.

First counselor

Craig C. Christensen

President

*Benjamin De Hoyos

Second counselor

James M. Dunn

First counselor

Carlos H. Amado

President

*Willy F. Zuzunaga

Second counselor

Carl B. Pratt

First counselor

Francisco J. Vi┬Łas

President

*Oscar W. Chavez

Second counselor

Bruce C. Hafen

First counselor

L. Tom Perry

President

W. Craig Zwick

Second counselor

Christoffel Golden Jr.

First counselor

Steven E. Snow

President

William W. Parmley

Second counselor

John M. Madsen

First counselor

Kenneth Johnson

President

*Lindsay T. Dil

Second counselor

W. Douglas Shumway

First counselor

Spencer V. Jones

President

*E. Israel Perez

Second counselor

Mervyn B. Arnold

First counselor

Robert R. Steuer

President

*Pedro J. Penha

Second counselor

Lynn G. Robbins

First counselor

L. Whitney Clayton

President

*Carlos E. Aguero

Second counselor

Robert F. Orton

First counselor

Dennis B. Neuenschwander

President

Wayne S. Peterson

Second counselor

Daryl H. Garn

First counselor

John B. Dickson

President

*D. Allen Andersen

Second counselor

Dennis E. Simmons

First counselor

Robert K. Dellenbach

President

Spencer J. Condie

Second counselor

D. Todd Christofferson

North America Southeast

Earl C. Tingey

area

area

area

Earl C. Tingey

North America East

North America

Northeast

David E. Sorensen

North America Northwest

North America West

Charles Didier

North America Southwest

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

North America

Central

Merrill J. Bateman

Utah North

Utah Salt Lake City

Utah South

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    John H. Groberg

    Idaho

    *Area Authority Seventy

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