SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency of the LDS Church announced the calling of 11 new General Authority Seventies and 62 Area Seventies, during the Saturday afternoon session of the faith's 186th Annual General Conference.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the new callings. A new Primary General Presidency was also announced and sustained (see separate story).
Those called as General Authority Seventies are Elders W. Mark Bassett, Mark A. Bragg, Weathford T. Clayton, Valeri V. Cordon, Joaquin E. Costa, Massimo De Feo, Peter F. Meurs, K. Brett Nattress, S. Mark Palmer, Gary B. Sabin and Evan A. Schmutz. These General Authority Seventies may be asked to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy, in area presidencies or other administrative functions, under the direction of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
Elder Bassett, 49, previously served as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area. He has made his living in the automobile industry. He served as a mission president in Mesa, Arizona, and in many leadership callings. He and his wife have five children.
Elder Bragg, 53, also served as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area. Most recently, Elder Bragg was a senior vice president of Bank of America. He has served as a stake president and in several other leadership callings. He and his wife have four children.
Elder Clayton, 64, has been serving as president of the Canada Toronto Mission. Before retiring in 2014, he operated his medical practice. Among many leadership callings, he has served as a stake president and mission president. The Claytons have five children.
Elder Cordon, 47, steps into his new calling after having served as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the Central America Area. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked in the information technology industry. Over the years he has held many church leadership callings. The Cordons are the parents of three children.
Elder Costa, 51, has been serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the South America Northwest Area. He has worked in business administration from Argentina to Eastern Europe. Most recently he was in Lima, Peru, working with a Danish investment firm. The Costas are the parents of four children.
Elder De Feo, 55, has been serving as a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy in the Europe Area. The Italian native recently served as the deputy regional federal benefits officer of the Social Security Administration for the Europe South, North Africa and Middle East Areas. He has served in numerous LDS callings. He and his wife have three children.
Elder Meurs, 59, comes from a career in engineering. Among many callings, he has served as bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, counselor in a mission presidency and Area Seventy. Elder Meurs is an Australian native. He and his wife are the parents of four children.
Elder Nattress, 51, from Pocatello, Idaho, has been serving as president of the Arizona Gilbert Mission. His career has been in health care administration. The Nattresses have seven children.
Elder Palmer, 60, born in New Zealand, was serving as a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America Southwest Area. He has made his living in real estate development. He and his wife have six children.
Elder Sabin, 61, has been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the North America West Area. While pursuing a career in finance, he has served in several church leadership positions, including stake president and Area Seventy. He and his wife have five children.
Elder Schmutz, 61, has been serving in the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area. The St. George native has made a living as an attorney and served as a mission president in the Philippines. He and his wife have five children.
Sixty-two new Area Seventies were called as part of Saturday's announcements. Area Seventies give part-time voluntary church service within their assigned geographic areas and support area presidencies in international areas.
Called as Area Seventies: P. David Agazzani, 47, Córdoba, Argentina; Quilmer A. Agüero, 52, Lima, Peru; René R. Alba, 65, Marietta, Georgia; Victorino A. Babida, 63, Manila, Philippines; Steven R. Bangerter, 54, Washington, Utah; Richard Baquiran, 46, Quezon City, Philippines; Dong Chol Beh, 54, Obin-Ri, South Korea; Michael V. Beheshti, 58, Little Rock, Arkansas; Matthieu Bennasar, 42, Paris, France; Hubermann Bien-Aimé, 49, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti; Kevin E. Calderwood, 55, Reston, Virginia; Luis J. Camey, 49, Boca del Monte, Guatemala; Matthew L. Carpenter, 56, Aurora, Colorado; Douglas B. Carter, 62, Eustis, Florida; Aroldo B. Cavalcante, 45, Pernambuco, Brazil; Luis C. Chaverri, 42, Pococi, Costa Rica; Ulises Chávez, 45, Ciudad Juarez, México; Brent J. Christensen, 61, Salt Lake City; Douglas L. Dance, 59, Midway, Utah; Marc C. Davis, 50, Poway, California; Alessandro Dini Ciacci, 38, Rome, Italy; J. Scott Dorius, 64, Turlock, California; M. Dirk Driscoll, 61, American Falls, Idaho; Antonio F. Faúndez, 48, San Bernardo, Chile; Jose A. Fernández, 43, Tijuana, México; Matias D. Fernandez, 42, Santa Cruz, Argentina; Candido Fortuna, 47, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Bruce E. Ghent, 58, Manhattan Beach, California; Michael A. Gillenwater, 57, Sellersburg, Indiana; Daniel G. Hamilton, 58, Sydney, Australia; Mathias Held, 55, Chia, Colombia; Tom-Atle Herland, 52, Oslo, Norway; Raymond S. Heyman, 60, Chandler, Arizona; Christophe Kawaya, 55, Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo; Todd S. Larkin, 57, Las Vegas, Nevada; Pedro X. Larreal, 39, México City, México; Juan J. Levrino, 46, Santa Fe, Argentina; Felix A. Martinez, 59, Madero, México; Kevin K. Miskin, 55, Yucaipa, California; Mark L. Pace, 59, Holladay, Utah; Ryan V. Pagaduan, 42, Quezon City, Philippines; A. Moroni Pérez, 46, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Carlos E. Perrotti, 53, São Paulo, Brazil; Mark P. Peteru, 57, Bidwill, Australia; Alan T. Phillips, 45, London, England; Thomas T. Priday, 61, Centennial, Colorado; Brian L. Rawson, 56, Wichita, Kansas; Rene Romay, 55, Jaltipan, México; Blake M. Roney, 58, Provo, Utah; Luis G. Ruiz, 47, Colonia Juarez, México; Maximo A. Saavedra Jr., 47, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines; Pedro A. Sanhueza, 53, Santiago, Chile; Eric J. Schmutz, 56, Cedar City, Utah; Benjamin Tai, 43, Hong Kong, China; Heber D. Texeira, 38, Asuncion, Paraguay; Maxsimo C. Torres, 56, Portales, New México; Jesús Velez, 59, San Miguel de Allende, México; Carlos Villarreal, 55, Fair Oaks, Texas; Paul H. Watkins, 59, Cameron Park, California; C. Dale Willis Jr., 57, Mesa, Arizona; William B. Woahn, 59, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and Luis G. Zapata, 49, Antofagasta, Chile.
Releases also were announced for 51 Area Seventies, effective May 1: Manuel M. Agustin, Kent J. Allen, Stephen B. Allen, W. Mark Bassett, Patrick M. Boutoille, Mark A. Bragg, Marcelo F. Chappe, Eleazer S. Collado, Valeri V. Cordón, Joaquin E. Costa, Jeffrey D. Cummings, Massimo De Feo, Donald D. Deshler, Nicolas L. Di Giovanni, Jorge S. Dominguez, Gary B. Doxey, David G. Fernandes, Hernán D. Ferreira, Moroni Gaona, Jack N. Gerard, Ricardo P. Giménez, Douglas F. Higham, Brent J. Hillier, Robert W. Hymas, Lester F. Johnson, Matti T. Jouttenus, Chang Ho Kim, Alfred Kyungu, Dane O. Leavitt, Remegio E. Meim Jr., Ismael Mendoza, Cesar A. Morales, Rulon D. Munns, Ramon C. Nobleza, S. Mark Palmer, Fouchard Pierre-Nau, Gary B. Porter, José L. Reina, Esteban G. Resek, George F. Rhodes Jr., Gary B. Sabin, Evan A. Schmutz, D. Zackary Smith , Lynn L. Summerhays, Wenceslao H. Svec, Craig B. Terry, Ernesto R. Toris, Fabian I. Vallejo, Emer Villalobos, J. Romeo Villarreal and Terry L. Wade.