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Brief biographies of new leaders called to LDS Church hierarchy

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 2:28 p.m. MDT

Fifteen new general authorities were called to serve in the LDS Church's Quorums of the Seventy during the opening session of the 178th Annual General Conference on Saturday, a new member of the Presidency of the Seventy was named, and a new presidency was called to lead the Young Women of the church.
In addition, the church named 38 new Area Seventies to serve the church part-time in the areas where they live.
Members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy serve full-time by assignment in various parts of the world to administer church affairs. Those called:
Presidency of the Seventy
Elder L. Whitney Clayton, 58, fills the vacancy left by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who was called as an apostle on Saturday. Elder Clayton has been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since March 2001, and was previously an Area Authority for the church. Previous to full-time church service, he was an attorney with a California law firm. Born Feb. 24, 1950, in Salt Lake City, he and his wife, Kathy Ann Kipp Clayton, are the parents of seven children.
First Quorum of the Seventy
Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, 48, was serving as the president of the Brazil Brasilia Mission. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and married Luisa Englert. They are the parents of five children.
Elder Gerald Causse, 44, had been serving as an Area Seventy the Europe West Area. He works in the food industry, and is involved with several supermarket chains and food distribution companies. He was born in Bordeaux, France, and is married to Valerie Lucienne Marie Claude Babin. They are the parents of five children.
Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge, 58, has served as a mission president and at the time of the call was teaching a gospel doctrine class. Elder Corbridge is a shareholder and senior attorney at a Salt Lake law firm. He was born in Moscow, Idaho, and has five children with his wife, Jacquelyn Gayle Shamo.
Elder Eduardo Gavarret, 51, has served as mission president in Paraguay and as an Area Seventy. He is general manager of a pharmaceutical company in Peru. Born in Minas, Lavalleja, Uruguay, he is to married Norma Beatriz Gorgoroso. They have three children.
Elder Carlos A. Godoy, 47, joined the church in 1977 and has served as a mission president in Brazil and as an Area Seventy. He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and spent his career as a human resources manager before starting his own company. He and his wife, Munica Soares Brandao, are the parents of four children.
Elder James J. Hamula, 50, was previously a mission president and had worked as an attorney in Arizona. At the time of his call, he was serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area. Born in Long Beach, Calif., he married Joyce Anderson, and they are the parents of six children.
Elder Allan F. Packer, 59, was serving as a member of the Young Men General Board and as an employee in the LDS Missionary Department. He has had a career in business and has served as a vice president of several companies. Born in Brigham City, Utah, he married Terri Anne Bennett. They are the parents of eight children. He is the son of President Boyd K. Packer.
Elder Kevin W. Pearson, 50, was serving as the president of the Washington Tacoma Mission, and had worked as CEO of a biomedical company. Born in Salt Lake City, he married June Langeland. They are the parents of six children.
Elder Rafael E. Pino, 52, joined the church in 1972 and was an Area Seventy in the South America North Area. He has been employed by the church as a regional manager for temporal affairs and served as a mission president. Born in Valencia, Venezuela, he married Patricia Monica Villa Dassler. They are the parents of three children.
Elder Gary E. Stevenson, 52, has been a mission president in Japan and was serving as a Sunday School teacher at the time of his call. He is the COO of a health and fitness equipment company. Born in Ogden, Utah, he married Lesa Jean Higley. They are the parents of four children.
Elder Jose A. Teixeira, 47, was serving as the president of the Brazil Sao Paulo South Mission, and had been an Area Seventy. Before his call as a mission president, he was an international controller for the church. Born in Vila Real, Portugal, he married Maria Filomena Lopes Teles Grilo. They are the parents of three children.
Elder F. Michael Watson, 65, has served as secretary to the First Presidency of the church since 1986, and previously worked as secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve. A former stake president and temple sealer, he was born in Spring City, Utah. He married Jolene Mann and they are the parents of 12 children.
Elder Jorge F. Zeballos, 52, was serving as president of the Chile Concepcion South Mission and had been an Area Seventy. He worked as the manager of corporate affairs for a mining company in Chile until 2005. Born in Ovalle, Chile, he married Carmen Gloria Valenzuela. They are the parents of five children.
Second Quorum of the Seventy
Elder Tad R. Callister, 62, was serving as president of the Canada Toronto East Mission and had been an Area Seventy. Professionally, he had been a practicing attorney with a firm in California. Born in Glendale, Calif., he married Kathryn Louise Saporiti and they are the parents of six children.
Elder Kent D. Watson, 64, has served as a mission president and at the time of his call, was the membership clerk in his ward. He spent his career as a CPA and became CEO of an international accounting firm. Born in Cedar City, Utah, he married Connie Lingmann and they are the parents of five children.
Young Women General Presidency
Elaine S. Dalton, former first counselor in the Young Women, is now president, with Mary N. Cook (former second counselor) as first counselor and Ann M. Dibb as second counselor. Sister Dibb, a former Young Women General Board member, is President Thomas S. Monson's daughter.
Sister Dalton was born and raised in Ogden and received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. She has six children with her husband, Stephen E. Dalton.
Sister Cook was a special education teacher and administrator as well as an elementary school principal. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in speech pathology and audiology as well as an education degree from BYU. She is a step-mother to four children and step-grandmother to 17 grandchildren.
Sister Dibb was born and raised in Salt Lake City and is a full-time homemaker. The daughter of President and Sister Thomas S. Monson, she has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU and is married to Roger Dibb. They are the parents of one daughter and three sons.
Area Seventies
Pedro E. Abularach, 50, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Koichi Aoyagi, 63, Chiba-ken, Japan; Juan C. Barros, 50, Santiago, Chile; Colin H. Bricknell, 62, Krugersdorp, South Africa; Victor Kah Keng Chen, 53, Singapore; Kuo Chiang Chung, 53, Taipei, Taiwan; J. Devn Cornish, 56, Atlanta, Ga.; Wynn R. Dewsnup, 58, Ogden, Utah; Matthew J. Eyring, 38, Ashland, Mass.; G. Guillermo Garcia, 53, Santiago, Chile; Robert C. Gay, 56, Palm Beach, Fla.; Alfredo L. Gessati, 60, Merate, Italy; James B. Gibson, 59, Henderson, Nev.; Julio C. Gonzalez, 45, Monterrey, Mexico; Paulo H. Itinose, 41, Santana Aracatuba, Brazil; Douglas W. Jessop, 62, Pago Pago, American Samoa; Faustino Lopez, 57, Madrid, Spain.
Declan O. Madu, 45, Owerri, Nigeria; Per G. Malm, 59, Goteborg, Sweden; Fernando Maluenda, 45, Penalolen, Chile; James B. Martino, 57, Aubrey, Texas; Sergiy N. Mikulin, 55, Kharkov, Ukraine; Abelardo Morales, 45, Monterrey, Mexico; W. T. David Murray, 49, Newmarket, Canada; Satoshi Nishihara, 56, Ushiku-shi, Japan; Norbert K. Ounleu, 38, Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Michael D. Pickerd, 49, Katy, Texas; Anatoly K. Reshetnikov, 55, Saratov, Russia; William F. Reynolds, 64, La Canada, Calif.; Michael A. Roberts, 57, Auckland, New Zealand; Fernando A. R. Da Rocha, 42, Seixal, Portugal; A. Ricardo Sant'Ana, 44, Santo Andre, Brazil; Robert B. Smith, 59, Downingtown, Pa.; Ysrael A. Tolentino, 43, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Ruben D. Torres, 47, Bogota, Colombia; J. Romeo Villarreal, 51, San Juan, Texas; Louis Weidmann, 54, Recherswil, Switzerland; Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, 45, Shatin, Hong Kong.

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