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Church Announces Changes in Leadership at General Conference

In the 186th Semiannual General Conference on October 1, 2016, the First Presidency announced leadership changes in the Seventy and Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session.

The following General Authority Seventies were released and granted emeritus status: 

Elder Daniel L. Johnson

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Originally sustained as a General Authority on April 1, 2006, Elder Daniel L. Johnson previously served as an Area Seventy in the Mexico North Area and President of the Caribbean and Mexico Areas. He was serving at Church headquarters for his assignment as a Seventy. He was born in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and he and his wife have six children.

Read his last talk in general conference in October 2012, "Becoming a True Disciple."

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

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Sustained to the Seventy on April 3, 2010, Elder Jairo Mazzagardi served in the Brazil Area Presidency. Previous to his call as a General Authority Seventy, he was a temple sealer in the Campinas Brazil Temple. Born in Itú, Brazil, he is married with three children.

Read his last talk in general conference in April 2016, "The Sacred Place of Restoration."

Elder Kent F. Richards

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Called as a General Authority Seventy on April 4, 2009, Elder Kent F. Richards served in Area Presidencies for the Chile and Europe Areas, and also served in the Temple Department. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he and his wife have eight children.

Read his last talk in general conference in April 2016, "The Power of Godliness."

Elder Francisco J. Viñas

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Sustained on April 6, 1996, as a General Authority Seventy, Elder Francisco J. Viñas has served in the Area Presidencies for the South America North and South, Chile, Europe West, and Caribbean Areas of the Church. Elder Viñas has served as a General Authority for over 20 years. Born in Seville, Spain, he is married with three children.

Read his last talk in general conference in April 2016, "The Pleasing Word of God."

Additional Changes

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The First Presidency also recognized the service of Elder Per G. Malm, who was the first General Authority from Sweden, in the Saturday Session. He passed away in July from cancer. He was called as a General Authority Seventy on April 3, 2010, and served in Church headquarters.

The First Presidency also announced the following changes to Area Seventies: Bhanu K. Hiranandani was called as a new Area Seventy for the South America Northwest Area, Sandino Roman was called as a new Area Seventy for the Mexico Area, and Alan R. Walker was released as an Area Seventy for the Mexico Area.

While General Authority Seventies are given the authority to serve all over the world, Area Seventies are usually given authority to serve in the area in which they reside, according to Mormon Newsroom.

You can watch the 186th Semiannual General Conference, which took place on October 1–2, 2016, on lds.org.

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