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Saturday, April 27, 2019

My Compiled List of Changes in Area Leadership Which Were Announced For 2019

Hello again, everyone! While I am still working on my analysis of the area leadership assignments which were announced yesterday by the First Presidency (which I hope to be able to publish here within the next two days or so), and while I am also hard at work on the apostoic statistical update which will be posted in two parts at soe point within the next 27 hours (but hopefully less than that if all goes well), for now, I wanted to post my compiled list of what has changed (which includes for the first time the names of those for whom there is not change in assignment this go-round).

Some of you may be wondering why I am posting the list now and am planning on posting my analysis of those changes later. I am doing so because I hope that will enable some thoughtful discussion here about those changes while I put togethe more thorough analysis of them. And I have also felt that the nature of some of these changes warranted some additional analysis due to their nature. When that analysis is posted, I hope it will be evident why I felt a need to do both separately.

In the meantime, the list of changes, which speaks for itself for now, follows below. In order to not disturb the flow thereof, I will end here and now as I always do: That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such comments are made in accordance with the established guidelines.

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Changes in Area Leadership (effective August 1, 2019)

North American Areas merged: Idaho and North America Central (into the North America Central Area); North America Northwest and North America West (into the North America West Area); Utah North, Utah Salt Lake City, and Utah South (into the Utah Area)

Note: For the first time this go-round, a 3-man area presidency was called to have oversight of the Middle East/Africa North Area (where previously, there were just 2, a Senior and Junior Administrator).

Marcos A. Aidukaitis continues to serve as President of the Brazil Area.
Jose L. Alonso released as First Counselor and called as President of the Caribbean Area.
Jorge M. Alvarado called as Second Counselor in the Caribbean Area.
Wilford W. Andersen released as President of the Idaho/North America Central Area and as Junior Administrator of the Middle East/Africa North Area.
Ian S. Ardern released as First Counselor and called as President of the Pacific Area.
Steven R. Bangerter called as Second Counselor in the Philippines Area.
W. Mark Bassett released as First Counselor in the Brazil Area.
Randall K. Bennett continues to serve as President of the North America Northeast Area.
Hans T. Boom called as First Counselor in the Europe East Area Presidency.
Shayne M. Bowen released as First Counselor in the North America Southeast area.
Mark A. Bragg continues to serve as First Counselor in the South America South Area,
L. Todd Budge called as Second Counselor in the Asia North Area.
Matthew L. Carpenter called as Second Counselor in the North America Central Area.
Yoon Hwan Choi continues to serve as President of the Asia North Area.
Craig C. Christensen continues to serve as President of the Utah Area.
Valeri V. Cordon released as Second Counselor in the Central America Area.
Claudio R. M. Costa released as President of the North America Southeast Area.
Joaquin E. Costa called as Second Counselor in the Brazil Area.
LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. released as First Counselor in the Utah Area.
Massimo De Feo released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Europe Area.
Benjamin De Hoyos continues to serve as President of the South America South Area.
Edward Dube continues to serve as First Counselor in the Africa West Area (as announced in mid-October 2018).
David F. Evans continues to serve as President of the Asia Area.
Enrique R. Falabella continues to serve as President of the South America Northwest Area. Randy D. Funk released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Utah Area.
Eduardo Gavarret released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Caribbean Area.
Christoffel Golden Jr. released as First Counselor and called as President of the Europe East Area.
Walter F. Gonzalez released as President of the Caribbean Area and called as Second Counselor in the Utah Area.
O. Vincent Haleck released as President of the Pacific Area.
Kevin S. Hamilton released as First Counselor in the North America Northeast Area.
Allen D. Haynie released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the North America Northeast Area.
Mathias Held continues to serve as Second Counselor in the South America Northwest Area.
David P. Homer continues to serve as Second Counselor in the Asia Area.
Paul V. Johnson released as President of the Europe Area.
Larry S. Kacher called as First Counselor in the Middle East/Africa North Area.
Jörg Klebingat continues to serve as Second Counselor in the North America West Area (formerly the North America Northwest/West Area).
Joni L. Koch continues to serve as Second Counselor in the Africa Southeast Area.
Erich W. Kopischke called as Second Counselor in the Europe Area.
Hugo E. Martinez continues to serve as Second Counselor in the Africa West Area (as announced in mid-October 2018).
James B. Martino released as President of the Europe East Area and called as President of the North America Southeast Area.
Kyle S. McKay called as Second Counselor in the North America Southwest Area.
Peter F. Meurs continues to serve as First Counselor in the Asia Area.
Hugo Montoya released as First Counselor in the South America Northwest Area and called as Second Counselor in the North America Southeast Area.
Marcus B. Nash continues to serve as President of the Africa West Area.
K. Brett Nattress released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Pacific Area.
S. Gifford Nielsen released as the First Counselor in the Idaho/North America Central Area and called as President of the North America Central Area.
Adrian Ochoa released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the North America Southwest Area.
S. Mark Palmer continues to serve as President of the Africa Southeast Area.
Adilson de Paula Parrella released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Brazil Area.
Kevin W. Pearson continues to serve as President of the North America West Area (formerly the North America Northwest/West Area).
Anthony D. Perkins released as Senior Administrator and called as President of the Middle East/Africa North Area.
Paul B. Pieper released as First Counselor and called as President of the North America Southwest Area.
John C. Pingree Jr. continues to serve as Second Counselor in the Mexico Area.
Rafael E. Pino continues to serve as First Counselor in the Mexico Area.
Lynn G. Robbins released as President of the North America Southwest Area.
Evan A. Schmutz continues to serve as President of the Philippines Area.
Gary B. Sabin released as First Counselor and called as President of the Europe Area.
Joseph W. Sitati continues to serve as First Counselor in the Africa Southeast Area.
Vern P. Stanfill released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the North America Southeast Area.
Brian K. Taylor released as Second Counselor in the Idaho/North America Central Area and called as First Counselor in the Central America Area.
Michael John U. Teh released as First Counselor in the Philippines Area.
Juan A. Uceda continues to serve as President of the Central America Area.
Arnulfo Valenzuela continues to serve as President of the Mexico Area.
Juan Pablo Villar continues to serve as Second Counselor in the South America South Area.
Takashi Wada released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Asia North Area.
Taniela B. Wakolo released as Second Counselor and called as First Counselor in the Philippines Area.
Alan R. Walker called as Second Counselor in the Central America Area.
Scott D Whiting continues to serve as First Counselor in the North America West Area (formerly the North America Northwest/West Area).
Chi Hong (Sam) Wong called as First Counselor in the North America Central Area.
Kazuhiko Yamashita released as First Counselor in the Asia North Area and called as Second Counselor in the Pacific Area.
Jorge F. Zeballos released as First Counselor in the Central America Area and called as First Counselor in the South America Northwest Area.

Note: Two area seventies will serve in area presidencies. Alexey V. Samaykin continues to serve as Second Counselor in the Europe East Area, and Jeffrey H. Singer will serve as Second Counselor in the Middle East/Africa North Area