Meet the new Area Seventies sustained during April 2019 general conference

The First Presidency announced the calling of 10 new General Authority Seventies; a new Sunday School general presidency and 55 Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 6.

Following are a brief sketches of the newly called leaders.

Elder Solomon I. Aliche, Area Seventy

Solomon I. Aliche, 53, Owerri, Nigeria; currently serving as president of the Nigeria Owerri Mission; former bishop and high councilor; wife: Victoria; six children.

Elder Guillermo A. Alvarez, Area Seventy

Guillermo A. Alvarez, 55, Guatemala City, Guatemala; head of quality, health, security and environment, Bayer, Guatemala; currently serving as branch president in the Guatemala Missionary Training Center; former bishop and stake president; wife: Pati; four children.

Elder Daren R. Barney, Area Seventy

Daren R. Barney, 54, Ivins, Utah; attorney, partner, Barney McKenna & Olmstead, P.C.; currently serving as a ward Young Men presidency counselor; former bishopric member, high councilor and stake president; wife: RaeBeth; five children.

Elder Julius F. Barrientos, Area Seventy

Julius F. Barrientos, 56, Caloocan City, Philippines; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as a high councilor in the Novaliches Philippines Stake; former bishop, bishopric member, mission presidency member, mission president, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Malou; no children.

Elder James H. Bekker, Area Seventy

James H. Bekker, 63; currently serving as president of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission; former bishop, bishopric member and stake president; wife: Delsie; five children.

Elder Kevin G. Brown

Kevin G. Brown, 42, Kingston, Jamaica; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as bishop of the Boulevard Ward; former branch presidency counselor, district presidency member, district president, mission presidency counselor and mission president; wife: Nadine; five children.

Elder Mark S. Bryce

Mark S. Bryce, 63, Central, Arizona; retired; currently serving as missionary in the California Carlsbad Seminaries and Institutes; former high councilor, stake presidency member and stake president; wife: Cindy; seven children.

Elder A. Marcos Cabral

Marcos Cabral, 60, Fortaleza, Brazil; Portuguese professor, Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú; currently serving as a Brazil Fortaleza East Mission presidency counselor; former bishop, branch presidency counselor, branch president, mission presidency counselor, mission president and stake president; wife: Rita; two children.

Elder Dunstan G. B. T. Chadambuka

Dunstan G. B. T. Chadambuka, 48, Pretoria, South Africa; currently serving as president of the Botswana/Namibia Mission; former branch president, district president and mission presidency counselor; wife: Pertunia; four children.

Elder Alan C. K. Cheung

Alan C. K. Cheung, 54, Shatin, Hong Kong; professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; currently serving as president of the Hong Kong China Tolo Harbour Stake; former bishop and bishopric counselor; wife: Tracy; four children.

Elder Christian C. Chigbundu

Christian C. Chigbundu, 48, Ifako, Nigeria; board member, Afro-Lease (Africa Leasing); currently serving as president of the Lagos Nigeria Ikeja Stake; former bishop, bishopric member and stake president; wife: Felicia; eight children.

Elder Paul N. Clayton

Paul N. Clayton, 64, Sandy, Utah; anesthesiologist; currently serving as a Sandy Utah Crescent Stake presidency counselor; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor and mission president; wife: Holly; six children.

Elder Karim Del Valle

Karim Del Valle, 51, Querétaro, Mexico; Self-Reliance operations manager, Mexico Area; currently serving as high councilor in the Querétaro México Los Arcos Stake; former bishop, high councilor, mission president and stake president; wife: Rebeca; four children.

Elder Hiroyuki Domon

Hiroyuki Domon, 51, Sapporo, Japan; president, Zennoa Japan LLC; recently released as president of the Sapporo Japan West Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor and stake president; wife: Etsuko; three children.

Elder Mernard P. Donato

Mernard P. Donato, 55, Cagayan, Philippines; facilities manager, Tuguegarao Philippines FM Group; currently serving as elders quorum president; former bishop, high councilor, mission presidency counselor, mission president, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Gemma; five children.

Elder Mark D. Eddy

Mark D. Eddy, 46; currently serving as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor and stake presidency counselor; wife: Annie; six children.

Elder Zachary F. Evans

Zachary F. Evans, 52; region director, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as president of the New York Rochester Mission; former bishop, bishopric member and stake president; wife: Melanie; five children.

Elder Henry J. Eyring

Henry J. Eyring, 55, Rexburg, Idaho; president, Brigham Young University–Idaho; currently serving as ward Sunday School teacher; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, mission president and stake president; wife: Kelly; five children.

Elder Sapele Fa'alogo Jr.

Sapele Fa’alogo Jr., 57, Apia, Samoa; translation and consulting services contractor, self-employed; currently serving as bishop; former high councilor, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Fiona; five children.

Elder David L. Frischknecht

David L. Frischknecht, 63, Fruit Heights, Utah; currently serving as ward Sunday School teacher; former bishop, high councilor, mission president and stake president; wife: Nancy; five children.

Elder John J. Gallego

John J. Gallego, 46, Barranquilla, Colombia; currently serving as president of the Colombia Barranquilla Mission; former bishopric counselor, stake presidency member and stake president; wife: Patricia; two children.

Elder Efraín R. García

Efraín R. García, 51, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela; manager, Physical Facilities Department, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop; currently serving as ward temple and family history consultant; former bishopric counselor, branch president, district president, high councilor, mission presidency counselor and mission president; wife: Lilia; no children.

Elder Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon, 62, Bahrs Scrub, Australia; semi-retired; currently serving as an Area Seventy executive secretary; former bishop, district presidency counselor, mission presidency counselor, stake mission president and stake president; wife: Rose; four children.

Elder Mark A. Gottfredson

Mark A. Gottfredson, 61, Colleyville, Texas; partner, Bain & Company, Inc.; currently serving as president of the Colleyville Texas Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, mission president and stake mission president; wife: Christine; five children.

Elder Thomas Hänni

Thomas Hänni, 45, Málaga, Spain; head of sales and business development, NTest Inc.; currently serving as president of the Granada Spain Stake; former bishopric counselor, mission presidency clerk and stake presidency counselor; wife: Eva María; five children.

Elder Michael J. Hess

Michael J. Hess, 60, Malad, Idaho; president/chief operating officer, Hess Pumice Products; currently serving as a stake missionary preparation instructor; former bishop, high councilor, mission president and stake president; wife: Danece; five children.

Elder Glenn M. Holmes

Glenn M. Holmes, 58, Benoni, South Africa; group general manager and founder, Technology Access Group (Pty) Ltd.; currently serving as president of the Benoni South Africa Stake; former bishop, branch president, high councilor, stake mission presidency counselor and stake presidency counselor; wife: Mandy; four children.

Elder Richard S. Hutchins

Richard S. Hutchins, 52, Gales Ferry, Connecticut; executive director, Research and Development, Pfizer Inc.; currently serving as president of the New London Connecticut Stake; former bishop, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Kelly; 10 children.

Elder Tito Ibañez

Tito Ibañez, 54, Cochabamba, Bolivia; owner, glassware business; currently serving as an elders quorum presidency counselor; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Elsa; four children.

Elder Akinori Ito

Akinori Ito, 52, Yokohama, Japan; manager, Japan Federation of Bar Associations; currently serving as national public affairs director; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake mission president and stake president; wife: Emi; five children.

Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi

Jeremy R. Jaggi, 46, Mountain Green, Utah; managing director, HCA Investments LLC; currently serving as a stake missionary preparation instructor; former bishop, bishopric counselor and mission president; wife: Amy; four children.

Elder Kelly R. Johnson

Kelly R. Johnson, 56, Kaysville, Utah; forensic accountant/partner, Norman Townsend & Johnson; currently serving as a stake missionary preparation instructor; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Terri; five children.

Elder Christopher Hyunsu Kim

Christopher Hyunsu Kim, 53, Seoul, South Korea; president, Global Market, Unicity Inc.; currently serving as president of the Seoul Korea East Stake; former high councilor, stake mission president, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Seongmi (Sue); four children.

Elder H. Moroni Klein

H. Moroni Klein, 58, Porto Alegre, Brazil; institute director, Church Educational System; currently serving as stake Young Men president; former bishop, bishopric member, high councilor, mission presidency counselor, mission president, stake mission president, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Ana; five children.

Elder 'Inoke F. Kupu

‘Inoke F. Kupu, 60; currently serving as president of the Zambia Lusaka Mission; former bishop, high councilor, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Moana; four children.

Elder Stephen Chee Kong Lai

Stephen Chee Kong Lai, 61, Singapore, Singapore; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as a Singapore Mission presidency counselor; former district mission president, high councilor, stake mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Valoy; three children.

Elder Victor D. Lattaro

Victor D. Lattaro, 46, Montevideo, Uruguay; director, LABON SRL Químicos (self-employed); currently serving as president of the Montevideo Uruguay North Stake; former bishop; wife: Ana; three children.

Elder Tarmo Lepp

Tarmo Lepp, 50, Saue, Estonia; project manager, Eltel Networks; currently serving as president of the Tallinn Estonia District; former branch president, district president and mission presidency counselor; wife: Reeli; two children.

Elder Itzcoatl Lozano

Itzcoatl Lozano, 54, Mixquiahuala, Mexico; owner, Pasteles Clara and Franchise of Santa Clara Ice Cream Shop; currently serving as president of the Tezontepec México Stake; former bishop, branch president and stake presidency counselor; wife: Clara; five children.

Elder Kevin J. Lythgoe

Kevin Lythgoe, 57, Phoenix, Arizona; physician, Dignity Health; currently serving as bishop of the Paradise Foothills YSA Ward; former bishopric counselor, high councilor and stake president; wife: Stacie; five children.

Elder Edgar P. Montes

Edgar P. Montes, 44, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Mexico; owner, auto repair business; currently serving as audit committee chairman of the Guadalajara México Bugambilias Stake; former bishop, mission presidency counselor and stake presidency counselor; wife: Minerva; three children.

Elder S. Ephraim Msane

S. Ephraim Msane, 56, Sandton, South Africa; retired; currently serving as president of the Kenya Nairobi Mission; former bishopric member, branch presidency counselor, district presidency counselor, high councilor, mission presidency counselor and stake presidency counselor; wife: Nomthi; three children.

Elder Luiz C. D. Queiroz

Luiz C. D. Queiroz, 51, Manaus, Brazil; owner, Super Popular; currently serving as a counselor in the Brazil Manaus Mission presidency; former branch president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Andrea; four children.

Elder Ifanomezana Rasolondraibe

Ifanomezana Rasolondraibe, 47, Ambohipo, Madagascar; physician, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Budget; currently serving as president of the Antananarivo Madagascar Manakambahiny Stake; former bishopric counselor, high councilor and stake presidency counselor; wife: Keithy; three children.

Elder Eduardo D. Resek

Eduardo D. Resek, 54, Santa Fe, Argentina; dentist, self-employed; currently serving as bishop of the Mayoraz Ward; former bishopric counselor, high councilor and stake presidency counselor; wife: María Alicia; one child.

Elder Tomás G. Román

Tomás G. Román, 48, Gurabo, Puerto Rico; human resources department manager, Veterans Hospital of Puerto Rico; currently serving as high councilor in the Caguas Puerto Rico Stake; former bishop; wife: Yaritza; four children.

Elder Ramon E. Sarmiento

Ramon E. Sarmiento, 58; retired; currently serving as president of the Venezuela Valencia Mission; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor and stake president; wife: Mery; no children.

Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt

Jonathan S. Schmitt, 46, Gilbert, Arizona; assistant vice president, Arizona State University; currently serving as a stake Missionary Preparation instructor; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Alexis; four children.

Elder Vai Sikahema

Vai Sikahema, 56, Mt Laurel, New Jersey; News anchor, NBC 10 Philadelphia; currently serving as president of the Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, mission presidency counselor and stake presidency counselor; wife: Keala; four children.

Elder Denelson Silva

Denelson Silva, 53; currently serving as president of the Angola Luanda Mission; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Regina Maria; two children.

Elder Luis Spina

Luis Spina, 55, Mar del Plata, Argentina; manager, MDQ Química Garbey; currently serving as elders quorum president; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake presidency counselor and stake president; wife: Laura; two children.

Elder Carlos G. Süffert

Carlos G. Süffert, 54, Porto Alegre, Brazil; managing partner, SPM Engenharia; currently serving as president of the Porto Alegre Brazil Partenon Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor and high councilor; wife: Rosângela; three children.

Elder Voi R. Taeoalii

Voi R. Taeoalii, 56, Kapolei, Hawaii; software integration consultant, self-employed; currently serving as an institute teacher in the Makakilo Hawaii Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, mission president and stake president; wife: Ronette; four children.

Elder Sergio R. Vargas

Sergio R. Vargas, 42, Frutillar, Chile; operations and infrastructure manager, Ventisqueros; currently serving as president of the Puerto Montt Chile Stake; former branch president and high councilor; wife: Andrea; three children.

Elder Markus Zarse

Markus Zarse, 54, Lüdenscheid, Germany; director of medical clinic cardiology and angiology, Lüdenscheid; currently serving as a stake Young Men presidency counselor; former bishop, branch president and stake president; wife: Andrea; four children.