Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé is currently visiting New Zealand to help oversee the transition of the director of temporal affairs for the Pacific Area of the Church.
Mormon Newsroom announced in April that Brent Buckner, who has served as director of temporal affairs for the area since 2014, would be succeded by Steven Peterson in August. Brother Buckner and his wife, Debbie, will return home to the United States in August.
During a devotional on Monday, June 11, at the Church's Pacific Area administration office in Auckland, Bishop Caussé welcomed the new director for temporal affairs, Steven Peterson, and his wife, LuAnn. The couple will begin their service Aug. 1.
Brother Peterson has previously served as the managing director of Welfare Services and Humanitarian Services of the Church and has also served as president of Latter-day Saint Charities and as chairman of the board of trustees of LDS Family Services.
In his remarks on June 11, Bishop Caussé thanked both the Buckners and the Petersons for their willingness to serve in the Pacific Area and noted that "the more we sacrifice, the more we are blessed."
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