The First Presidency has announced changes to a approach Church areas in a United States and Canada are administered. Effective Aug. 1, areas in a United States and Canada — formerly overseen by members of a Presidency of Seventy — will be administered by area presidencies.
Beginning in 1984, a Church determined areas to approach a work in geographic locations. Since 2004, a Presidency of a Seventy has had approach shortcoming for Church areas in United States and Canada.
“The origination of area presidencies for a United States and Canada is an critical step forward,” pronounced President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of a Quorum of a Twelve Apostles. “It will concede these brethren to concentration on a specific needs of any domestic area, providing warn and instruction to informal and internal leaders in a U.S. and Canada. It also allows a Presidency of a Seventy larger ability to support a Quorum of a Twelve in their work and perform other assignments.”
The Church now has 15 areas outward in a United States and Canada and 10 inside for a sum of 25.
Six area presidencies have been combined for a Church’s 10 areas in North America. Three area presidencies will manage mixed areas.
The area presidencies for a United States and Canada will work from Church headquarters; area presidencies outward of a United States and Canada work from area offices in any reserved area. The Church’s Middle East/North Africa Area is administered from headquarters.
In further to announcing a origination of new area presidencies, a First Presidency has also announced new area care assignments enclosed in a following pages. All members of area presidencies are General Authority Seventies or Area Seventies.
Church members postulated new members of a Presidency of a Seventy during ubiquitous discussion on Mar 31. President Dallin H. Oaks, initial advisor in a First Presidency, announced additional members of a Presidency of a Seventy that will start their use Aug. 1.
Elder Carl B. Cook and Elder Robert C. Gay immediately reinstate Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares — who were postulated to a Quorum of a Twelve Apostles — in a Presidency of a Seventy.
Elder Terence M. Vinson, Elder José A. Teixeira and Elder Carlos A. Godoy will start use in a Presidency of a Seventy on Aug. 1.
“We are beholden to these brethren for their eagerness to offer in these new critical assignments.” pronounced President Ballard.
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