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First Presidency Announces 2024 Area Leadership Assignments

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the 2024–2025 area leadership assignments. The changes affect area presidencies and will become effective on August 1, 2024.

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve preside over all affairs of the Church. Members of area presidencies are General Authority Seventies or Area Seventies. Area presidencies consist of a president and two counselors who operate from area offices in each assigned area.

There are 23 areas in the Church of Jesus Christ – six that span the United States and Canada and 17 additional areas outside of those two countries.

Beginning in 1984, areas were established to direct the work in geographic locations of the global Church. The area presidencies for the U.S. and Canada work from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Church’s Middle East/Africa North Area is also administered from headquarters.

“The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve … in building up the Church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations” (see Doctrine and Covenants 107:34).

Presidency of the Seventy

Area Presidencies — US and Canada

 

NORTH AMERICA CENTRAL

The North America Central Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Steven R. Bangerter, First Counselor; Elder Randall K. Bennett, President; and Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, Second Counselor.

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NORTH AMERICA SOUTHEAST

The North America Southeast Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Mathias Held, First Counselor; Elder Allen D. Haynie, President; and Elder Robert M. Daines, Second Counselor.

NORTH AMERICA SOUTHEAST

The North America Southeast Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Ahmad S. Corbitt, First Counselor; Elder Craig C. Christensen, President; and Elder Massimo De Feo, Second Counselor.

NORTH AMERICA SOUTHWEST

The North America Southwest Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Michael A. Dunn, First Counselor; Elder Jose L. Alonso, President; and Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt, Second Counselor.

NORTH AMERICA WEST

The North America West Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Takashi Wada, First Counselor; Elder Mark A. Bragg, President; and Elder Peter M. Johnson, Second Counselor.

UTAH

The Utah Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Hugo E. Martinez, First Counselor; Elder Kevin W. Pearson, President; and Elder Brian K. Taylor, Second Counselor.

Area Presidencies — Outside US and Canada

 

AFRICA CENTRAL

The Africa Central Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Paul B. Pieiper, First Counselor; Elder Thierry K. Mutombo, President; and Elder Christophe G. Giraud-Carrier, Second Counselor.

AFRICA SOUTH

The Africa South Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Denelson Silva, First Counselor; Elder Carlos A. Godoy, President; and Elder Vaiangina Sikahema, Second Counselor.

AFRICA WEST

The Africa West Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran, First Counselor; Elder Elder Alfred Kyungu, President; and Elder Isaac K. Morrison, Second Counselor.

ASIA

The Asia Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Kelly R. Johnson, First Counselor; Elder Benjamin M. Z. Tai, President; and Elder Michael John U. Teh, Second Counselor.

 

ASIA NORTH

The Asia North Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder J. Kimo Esplin, First Counselor; Elder John A. McCune, President; and Elder Christopher H. Kim, Second Counselor.

BRAZIL

The Brazil Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Ciro Schmeil, First Counselor; Elder Joni L. Koch, President; and Elder Mark D. Eddy, Second Counselor.

 

CARIBBEAN

The Caribbean Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Valeri V. Cordón, First Counselor; Elder Jorge F. Zeballos, President; and Elder Vern P. Stanfill, Second Counselor.

CENTRAL AMERICA

The Central America Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Patricio M. Guiffra, First Counselor; Elder Taylor G. Godoy, President; and Elder Ryan K. Olsen, Second Counselor.

EUROPE CENTRAL

The Europe Central Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Jack N. Gerard, First Counselor; Elder Rubén V. Alliaud, President; and Elder James W. McConkie III, Second Counselor.

EURASIAN

The Eurasian Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Nikolai Ustyuzahaninov, First Counselor; Elder Alexey V. Samaykin, President; and Elder Aleksandr A. Drachyov, Second Counselor. All are Area Seventies.

EUROPE NORTH

The Europe North Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, First Counselor; Scott D. Whiting, President; and Elder Alan T. Phillips, Second Counselor.

At this time, Ukraine and Moldova are overseen by Elder Kyrylo Pokhylko, an Area Seventy, in his role as an assistant to the Europe North Area Presidency.

MEXICO

The Mexico Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Sean Douglas, First Counselor; Elder Hugo Montoya, President; and Elder Moisés Villanueva, Second Counselor.

MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA NORTH

The Middle East / Africa North Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, First Counselor; Elder Anthony D. Perkins, President; and Elder Roland J. Bäck, Second Counselor. Elder Bäck is an Area Seventy.

PACIFIC

The Pacific Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, First Counselor; Elder Peter F. Meurs, President; and Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi, Second Counselor.

PHILIPPINES

The Philippines Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, First Counselor; Elder Carlos G. Revillo Jr., President; and Elder Michael B. Strong, Second Counselor.

SOUTH AMERICA NORTHWEST

The South America Northwest Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Elder Rafael E. Pino, First Counselor; Elder Jorge T. Becerra, President; and Elder Juan Pablo Villar, Second Counselor.

SOUTH AMERICA SOUTH

The South America South Area Presidency for 2024-2025, from left to right: Alan R. Walker, First Counselor; Elder Joaaquin E. Costa, President; and Elder Eduardo Gavarret, Second Counselor.

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