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New leaders called to serve in growing LDS Church

Published: Saturday, April 5 2014 2:55 p.m. MDT

Brother Callister was called as the Sunday School general president. John S. Tanner and Devin G. Durrant will serve as first and second counselors respectively. Brother Tanner is serving as president of the Brazil São Paulo South Mission. Brother Durrant is president of the Texas Dallas Mission. Both men will complete their mission assignments on July 1 and join the general Sunday School presidency.

The previous Sunday School general presidency, Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe, Brother David M. McConkie and Brother Matthew O. Richardson, were released.

The 2013 year-end statistical report included information on church membership.

The number of children of record, or born to church members, was 115,486. The number of converts baptized was 282,945.

Church units grew to 3,050 stakes, 405 missions, 571 districts and 29,253 wards and branches.

At the end of 2013, the church had 83,035 full-time missionaries and 24,032 church-service missionaries. On Friday, church spokesman Cody Craynor said the number of full-time missionaries has grown to more than 85,000 since the beginning of the year.

One temple was dedicated in 2013, the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple, giving the church 141 operating temples. A 142nd temple was dedicated last month.

Area Seventies

Saturday's announcements included callings for 42 new Area Seventies. Area Seventies give part-time voluntary church service within their assigned geographic areas and support area presidencies in international areas.

Called as Area Seventies: Julio C. Acosta, 44, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Blake R. Alder, 54, Boise, Idaho; Alain L. Allard, 62, Terrebonne, Canada; Taiichi Aoba, 59, Ehime, Japan; Carlos F. Arredondo, 56, Villas del Bosque, Guatemala; Vladimir N. Astashov, 34, Moscow, Russia; Jorge T. Becerra, 51, Sandy, Utah; Michael H. Bourne, 57, Salt Lake City; Rómulo V. Cabrera, 60, Montevideo, Uruguay; José C. F. Campos, 49, Recife, Brazil; Nicolás Castañeda, 46, Gómez Palacio, Mexico; Walter Chatora, 48, Johannesburg, South Africa; Zeno Chow, 55, Hong Kong; J. Kevin Ence, 58, St. George, Utah; K. Mark Frost, 55, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Maurício G. Gonzaga, 50, Maringá, Brazil; Leonard D. Greer, 59, Gilbert, Ariz.; Jose L. Isaguirre, 39, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico; Michael R. Jensen, 65, Price, Utah; A. Johan Johansson, 44, Auckland, New Zealand; Tae Gul Jung, 52, Sejong-Si, South Korea; Wisit Khanakham, 62, Bangkok, Thailand; Serhii A. Kovalov, 45, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine; Sergio L. Krasnoselsky, 54, La Plata, Argentina; Milan F. Kunz, 59, Philadelphia; Bryan R. Larsen, 58, Logan, Utah; Geraldo Lima, 47, Manaus, Brazil; W. Jean-Pierre Lono, 54, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Tasara Makasi, 40, Johannesburg, South Africa; Khumbulani Mdletshe, 49, Johannesburg, South Africa; Dale H. Munk, 63, Mapleton, Utah; Eduardo A. Norambuena, 54, Copiapo, Chile; Yutaka Onda, 61, Yokohama, Japan; Raimundo Pacheco De Pinho, 49, São Paulo, Brazil; Marco A. Rais, 53, São Paulo, Brazil; Steven K. Randall, 64, Layton, Utah; R. Scott Runia, 56, Provo, Utah; Alexey V. Samaykin, 37, Moscow, Russia; Edwin A. Sexton, 54, Rexburg, Idaho; Raúl H. Spitale, 53, Cordoba, Argentina; C. Walter Treviño, 50, Veracruz, Mexico; Juan A. Urra, 56, Concepción, Chile.

Releases also were announced for 35 Area Seventies, effective May 1:

Pedro E. Abularach, Julio A. Angulo, Victor A. Asconavieta, Duck Soo Bae, Juan C. Barros, Colin H. Bricknell, Dennis C. Brimhall, Thomas M. Cherrington, Kim B. Clark, Wynn R. Dewsnup, Rodolfo C. Franco, G. Guillermo Garcia, Julio C. González, Mauro Junot De Maria, Larry S. Kacher, David E. LeSueur, Paulo C. Loureiro, Steven J. Lund, Abraham Martinez, Hugo E. Martinez, Sergey N. Mikulin, Christopher B. Munday, Hirofumi Nakatsuka, Chikao Oishi, Alejandro S. Patanía, Renato M. Petla, Anatoly K. Reshetnikov, Jonathan C. Roberts, J. Craig Rowe, Robert B. Smith, Warren G. Tate, Hesbon O. Usi, Taniela B. Wakolo, Randy W. Wilkinson, Chi Hong (Sam) Wong.

The church issued a press release with additional information about the leadership changes:

Second Quorum of the Seventy

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