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LDS General Conference: New leadership changes

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 8:51 p.m. MDT

Besides the calling of Elder Neil L. Andersen to the Quorum of the Twelve, leadership changes announced and sustained at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Saturday afternoon session of general conference included a new member of the Presidency of the Seventy, 12 called to the Quorums of the Seventy, the reorganization of the Sunday School and Young Men general presidencies and 40 new Area Seventies.

Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, 59, was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 1, 2000, at age 50. A former Area Seventy, regional representative, stake president and bishop, he is the former president and owner of a real estate economics company, having received a bachelor's degree in economics from BYU. Born July 27, 1949, in Honolulu to James E. and Betty Jo Lambert Hallstrom, he and his wife, Diane, have four children.

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, of Seoul, Korea, was serving as an Area Seventy and as a counselor in the Asia North Area presidency, With a Utah State University master's degree in business information systems and education, he is currently a regional manager for church temporal affairs. He is married to Bon Kyung Koo; they have three children.

Elder Brent H. Nielson, of Twin Falls, Idaho, was serving as an Area Seventy. He received a law degree from the University of Utah and has been an attorney/partner at a law firm since 1985. He and his wife, Marcia Ann, are the parents of six children.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, of Salt Lake City, was serving as an Area Seventy. With an M.D. degree from the University of Utah and medical and research training from Johns Hopkins Hospital, he has been the medical director of a cardiac transplant program since 1991. He and his wife, Ruth, have one daughter.

Elder Michael T. Ringwood, of Salt Lake City, is a former stake president and president of the Korea Seoul West Mission. With a bachelor's degree in accounting from BYU, his work has been most recently as president and chief financial officer of two different business entities. He and his wife, Rosalie, have five children.

Elder Joseph W. Sitati, of Nairobi, Kenya, has been serving as president of the Nigeria Calabar Mission and is a former Area Seventy. He has worked as an executive for a nongovernmental organization and in several positions with a large oil and gas company and more recently has served as the Church's international director of public affairs in Africa. He and his wife, Gladys, are the parents of five children.

Elder Mervyn L. Arnold, 60, was also called to the First Quorum, having serving as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy since 2003.

Second Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Wilford W. Andersen, of Mesa, Ariz., was serving as an Area Seventy and is a former president of the Mexico Guadalajara Mission. With a juris doctor degree from BYU, he has been managing partner of an investment firm since 1969. He and his wife, Kathleen, have nine children.

Elder Koichi Aoyagi, of Chiba-ken, Japan, was serving as an Area Seventy and is a former president of the Tokyo Japan Missionary Training Center. He is a retired church real estate manager and construction manager and was an assistant recorder in the Tokyo Japan Temple. He and his wife, Shiroko Momose, are parents of four children.

Elder Bruce A. Carlson, of San Antonio, Texas, has been serving as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Military Advisory Committee. A retired general in the United States Air Force after more than 37 years of service, he and his wife, Vicki Lynn, are the parents of three children.

Elder Bradley D. Foster, of Rigby, Idaho, is a former president of the California Arcadia Mission. An agricultural business owner, he has served on a number of agricultural and educational-related boards of directors. He and his wife, Sharol Lyn, have four children.

Elder James B. Martino, of Aubrey, Texas, was serving as an Area Seventy. With a BYU degree in business, he has worked for a family apparel company, formerly president and CEO and currently company chairman. He and his wife, Jennie Marie, are the parents of five children.

Elder Kent F. Richards, of North Salt Lake, is a former president of the Texas San Antonio Mission. A surgeon since 1977 with a medical degree from the University of Utah, he has served as senior vice president of a nonprofit system of hospitals, surgery centers, doctors and clinics and as a member of its board and executive committee. He and his wife, Marsha, have eight children.

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, of Salt Lake City, is a former stake president. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Utah, working as an associate professor there and later a physican of emergency medicine. After 13 years as vice president of clinical programs at a nonprofit system of hospitals, surgery centers, doctors and clinics, he currently he works part-time as a physician at a health clinic. He and his wife, Jo Ann Elizabeth, are the parents of five children.

Young Men General Presidency

David L. Beck was serving as a ward mission leader, and is a former president of the Brazil Rio de Janeiro North Mission. An executive with a manufacturing and distribution company who serves on the board of a technology college, he received a master's degree in engineering administration from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Robyn, are the parents of four children.

Larry M. Gibson was serving as a stake president. His professional career has been in technology, including as as vice president and chief information officer of a Fortune 500 company. He received a master's degree in computer science and information science from BYU. He and his wife, Shirley, have six children.

Adrian Ochoa, serving as high priests group leader and formerly was president of the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission. With master's degrees in business and marketing from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon respectively, he has worked in advertising and film production in the United States and Mexico. He and his wife, Nancy, oversee humanitarian work in Latin America and are the parents of five children.

Released were Charles W. Dahlquist II, Dean R. Burgess and Michael A. Neider.

Sunday School

Russell T. Osguthorpe was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy and had previously served as president of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. With a doctorate in instructional psychology from BYU, he is director of the university's Center for Teaching and Learning and professor in the department of instruction psychology and technology. He and his wife, Lola, are the parents of five children.

David M. McConkie was serving as a stake president when called to the Sunday School general presidency. He is an attorney practicing law with a Salt Lake City-based firm, having received his law degree from the University of Utah. He is married to JoAnne Albrecht McConkie.

Matthew Ottesen Richardson has worked as a seminary instructor and instructor and professor at BYU, where he also served as associate dean of religious education. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of four children.

Released were A. Roger Merrill, Daniel K. Judd and William D. Oswald.

Area Seventies

Manuel M. Agustin, 51, Quezon City, Philippines; Victor A. Asconavieta, 53, Pelotas, Brazil; Juan C. Avila, 48, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Duck Soo Bae, 54, Daegu, South Korea; Dennis C. Brimhall, 60, Englewood, Colo.; Thomas M. Cherrington, 57, Providence, Utah; Samuel W. Clark, 58, Salt Lake City, Utah; Carl B. Cook, 51, Ogden, Utah; Kevin R. Duncan, 48, Washington, Utah; Rodolfo C. Franco, 49, Draper, Utah; Gerrit W. Gong, 55, Provo, Utah; Mauro Junot De Maria, 47, Recife, Brazil; Larry S. Kacher, 57, Midway, Utah; Von G. Keetch, 49, Highland, Utah; Katsumi Kusume, 47, Tokyo, Japan; German Laboriel, 51, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; J. Christopher Lansing, 58, Richmond, Va.; David Ellsworth LeSueur, 60, Gilbert, Ariz.; Paulo C. Loureiro, 44, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Steven J. Lund, 55, Provo, Utah; Dmitry V. Marchenko, 45, Moscow, Russia; Abraham Martinez, 52, Mexico City, Mexico; Hugo E. Martinez, 52, Hatillo, Puerto Rico; Freebody A. Mensah, 60, Takoradi, Ghana; Christopher B. Munday, 44, Pleasant Grove, Utah; Hirofumi Nakatsuka, 51, Okayama, Japan; Hee Keun Oh, 52, Seoul, South Korea ; Chikao Oishi, 58, Saitama, Japan; Alejandro S. Patania, 48, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Renato M. Petla, 58, Curitiba, Brazil; Marcos A. Prieto, 57, Jardim Simus, Brazil; Jonathan C. Roberts, 48, Frisco, Texas; J. Craig Rowe, 56, Nampa, Idaho; Manfred Sch?tze, 68, Bernburg, Germany; Walter C. Selden, 63, Hudson, Ohio; T. Marama Tarati, 57, Papeete, Tahiti; Warren G. Tate, 65, Holladay, Utah; Hesbon O. Usi, 46, Nairobi, Kenya; Jack D. Ward, 56, Poplar Grove, Ill.; Randy W. Wilkinson, 64, St. George, Utah.

SOURCE: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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