In an ‘important step forward,’ LDS area presidencies created for United States and Canada

The First Presidency has announced changes to the way Church areas in the United States and Canada are administered. Effective Aug. 1, areas in the United States and Canada — previously overseen by members of the Presidency of Seventy — will be administered by area presidencies.

Beginning in 1984, the Church established areas to direct the work in geographic locations. Since 2004, the Presidency of the Seventy has had direct responsibility for Church areas in United States and Canada.

“The creation of area presidencies for the United States and Canada is an important step forward,” said President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “It will allow these brethren to focus on the specific needs of each domestic area, providing counsel and direction to regional and local leaders in the U.S. and Canada. It also allows the Presidency of the Seventy greater capacity to assist the Quorum of the Twelve in their work and fulfill other assignments.”

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The Church currently has 15 areas outside in the United States and Canada and 10 inside for a total of 25.

Six area presidencies have been created for the Church’s 10 areas in North America. Three area presidencies will oversee multiple areas.

The area presidencies for the United States and Canada will work from Church headquarters; area presidencies outside of the United States and Canada operate from area offices in each assigned area. The Church’s Middle East/North Africa Area is administered from headquarters.

In addition to announcing the creation of new area presidencies, the First Presidency has also announced new area leadership assignments included in the following pages. All members of area presidencies are General Authority Seventies or Area Seventies.

Church members sustained new members of the Presidency of the Seventy during general conference on March 31. President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, announced additional members of the Presidency of the Seventy that will begin their service Aug. 1.

Elder Carl B. Cook and Elder Robert C. Gay immediately replace Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares — who were sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — in the Presidency of the Seventy.

Elder Terence M. Vinson, Elder José A. Teixeira and Elder Carlos A. Godoy will begin service in the Presidency of the Seventy on Aug. 1.

“We are grateful to these brethren for their willingness to serve in these new important assignments.” said President Ballard.

The First Presidency of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.
The First Presidency of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares.
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The Presidency of the Seventy: Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Elder Patrick Kearon, Elder Carl B. Cook, Elder Robert C. Gay, Elder Terrence M. Vinson, Elder José A. Teixeira and Elder Carlos A Godoy.
The Presidency of the Seventy: Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Elder Patrick Kearon, Elder Carl B. Cook, Elder Robert C. Gay, Elder Terrence M. Vinson, Elder José A. Teixeira and Elder Carlos A Godoy. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Idaho/North America Central Area presidency: Elder Wilford W. Andersen, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen and Elder Brian K. Taylor.
Idaho/North America Central Area presidency: Elder Wilford W. Andersen, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen and Elder Brian K. Taylor. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
North America Northeast Area presidency: Elder Randall K. Bennett, Elder Kevin S. Hamilton and Elder Allen D. Haynie.
North America Northeast Area presidency: Elder Randall K. Bennett, Elder Kevin S. Hamilton and Elder Allen D. Haynie. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
North America Southeast Area presidency: Elder Claudio R.M. Costa, Elder Shayne M. Bowen and Elder Vern P. Stanfill.
North America Southeast Area presidency: Elder Claudio R.M. Costa, Elder Shayne M. Bowen and Elder Vern P. Stanfill. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
North America Southwest Area presidency: Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Elder Paul D. Pieper and Elder Adrián Ochoa.
North America Southwest Area presidency: Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Elder Paul D. Pieper and Elder Adrián Ochoa. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
North America Northwest/West Area presidency: Elder Kevin W. Pearson, Elder Scott D. Whiting and Elder Jörg Klebingat.
North America Northwest/West Area presidency: Elder Kevin W. Pearson, Elder Scott D. Whiting and Elder Jörg Klebingat. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Utah North/Utah Salt Lake City/Utah South Area presidency: Elder Craig C. Christensen, Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. and Elder Randy D. Funk.
Utah North/Utah Salt Lake City/Utah South Area presidency: Elder Craig C. Christensen, Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. and Elder Randy D. Funk. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Africa Southeast Area presidency: Elder S. Mark Palmer, Elder Joseph W. Sitati and Elder Joni L. Koch.
Africa Southeast Area presidency: Elder S. Mark Palmer, Elder Joseph W. Sitati and Elder Joni L. Koch. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Africa West Area presidency: Elder Marcus B. Nash, Elder Larry S. Kacher and Elder Edward Dube.
Africa West Area presidency: Elder Marcus B. Nash, Elder Larry S. Kacher and Elder Edward Dube. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Asia Area presidency: Elder David F. Evans, Elder Peter F. Meurs and Elder David P. Homer.
Asia Area presidency: Elder David F. Evans, Elder Peter F. Meurs and Elder David P. Homer. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
\*The assignments for the Asia North Area are effective immediately.
\*The assignments for the Asia North Area are effective immediately. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Brazil Area presidency: Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, Elder W. Mark Bassett and Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella.
Brazil Area presidency: Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, Elder W. Mark Bassett and Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Caribbean Area presidency: Elder Walter F. González, Elder José L. Alonso and Elder Eduardo Gavarret.
Caribbean Area presidency: Elder Walter F. González, Elder José L. Alonso and Elder Eduardo Gavarret. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Central America Area presidency: Elder Juan A. Uceda, Elder Jorge F. Zeballos and Elder Valeri V. Cordón.
Central America Area presidency: Elder Juan A. Uceda, Elder Jorge F. Zeballos and Elder Valeri V. Cordón. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Europe Area presidency: Elder Paul V. Johnson, Elder Gary B. Sabin and Elder Massimo De Feo.
Europe Area presidency: Elder Paul V. Johnson, Elder Gary B. Sabin and Elder Massimo De Feo. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Europe East Area presidency: Elder James B. Martino, Elder Christoffel Golden and Elder Alexey V. Samaykin, an Area Seventy.
Europe East Area presidency: Elder James B. Martino, Elder Christoffel Golden and Elder Alexey V. Samaykin, an Area Seventy. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Mexico Area presidency: Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Elder Rafael E. Pino and Elder John C. Pingree Jr.
Mexico Area presidency: Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Elder Rafael E. Pino and Elder John C. Pingree Jr. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Middle East/Africa North Area presidency: Elder Anthony D. Perkins and Elder Wilford W. Andersen.
Middle East/Africa North Area presidency: Elder Anthony D. Perkins and Elder Wilford W. Andersen. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Pacific Area presidency: Elder O. Vincent Haleck, Elder Ian S. Ardern and Elder K. Brett Nattress.
Pacific Area presidency: Elder O. Vincent Haleck, Elder Ian S. Ardern and Elder K. Brett Nattress. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Philippines Area presidency: Elder Evan A. Schmutz, Elder Michael John U. Teh and Elder Taniela B. Wakolo.
Philippines Area presidency: Elder Evan A. Schmutz, Elder Michael John U. Teh and Elder Taniela B. Wakolo. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
South America Northwest Area presidency: Elder Enrique R. Falabella, Elder Hugo Montoya and Elder Mathias Held.
South America Northwest Area presidency: Elder Enrique R. Falabella, Elder Hugo Montoya and Elder Mathias Held. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
South America South Area presidency: Elder Benjamín De Hoyos, Elder Mark A. Bragg and Elder Juan Pablo Villar.
South America South Area presidency: Elder Benjamín De Hoyos, Elder Mark A. Bragg and Elder Juan Pablo Villar. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.