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Church announces 9 new General Authority Seventies, new Young Men general presidency

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The Church Office Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Office is pictured during the 190th Annual General Conference on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the calling of nine new General Authority Seventies, a new Young Men general presidency and 58 Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the 190th Annual General Conference.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, announced the names of the new General Authority Seventies and the new Young Men general presidency.

The new General Authority Seventies include: Elder Jorge T. Becerra, Elder Matthew S. Holland, Elder William K. Jackson, Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi, Elder Kelly R. Johnson, Elder Thierry K. Mutombo, Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran, Elder Ciro Schmeil and Elder Moisés Villanueva.

The members of the new Young Men general presidency include Brother Steven J. Lund, president; Brother Ahmad Corbitt, first counselor; and Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, second counselor.

Of the nine new General Authority Seventies, one is from Washington D.C., four are from Utah and four are from international countries.

Elder Becerra, 57, was born and educated Utah. His call to full-time church service comes after a career in finance. He served as a missionary in Arcadia, California, and later returned there as a mission president. He has been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah Area.

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Elder Jorge T. Becerra

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Elder Matthew S. Holland, 53, is the former president of Utah Valley University. He left that position to serve as a mission president North Carolina in 2017. Elder Holland has an extensive background in education and he served a missionary in Scotland. He is the son of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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Elder Matthew S. Holland

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Elder Jackson, 64, was born in Washington D.C. He earned a medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and later became a certified family physician, a regional medical officer for the U.S. State Department and director of Valley Family Health Care. He served as a missionary in La Paz, Bolivia, and as president of the India New Delhi Mission before he served as an Area Seventy and a member of the Third and Eighth Quorums of the Seventy in the Asia and Australia/Pacific Areas.

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Elder William K. Jackson

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Elder Jaggi, 47, is a native of Salt Lake City. His professional background includes work as a biotechnology marketing and sales executive at Amgen Inc. He was over the west sales region of Alkermes Inc. and managing commercial real estate at HCA Investments LLC at the time of his call as a General Authority Seventy. He has served as a missionary in Cleveland, Ohio, a seminary teacher and president of the Utah Ogden Mission. Recently he’s served as an Area Seventy and member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah Area.

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Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi

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Elder Johnson, 57, has worked as a forensic accountant and partner for Norman, Townsend & Johnson, LLC. He served as a missionary in Thailand, a bishop and stake president before serving as president of the Thailand Bangkok Mission. More recently, Elder Johnson has served as Area Seventy a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah Area.

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Elder Kelly R. Johnson

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Elder Mutombo, 44, is from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. His professional background includes owning a travel business and working for the church in various departments. His church service includes being a missionary in the Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan Mission and serving as a stake president, among other church callings. At the time of his call, Elder Mutombo was serving as president of the Maryland Baltimore Mission.

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Elder Thierry K. Mutombo

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Elder Ojediran, 52, is from Ibadan, Nigeria. Before his call as a general authority, he worked as a business finance manager in Nigeria. His church leadership experience includes serving as bishop, a stake president and a counselor in a mission presidency. He was serving as an Area Seventy and a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy in the Africa West Area when called to full-time church service.

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Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran

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Elder Schmeil, 48, is from Ponta Grossa, Brazil. During his business career, he’s worked in Walmart’s corporate office as vice president and the director of real estate, as well as CEO of Scopel and other companies. As a young man, he served in the Utah Ogden Mission. His church leadership experience includes being a bishop, a stake president and at the time of his call, he was a branch president. Elder Schmeil has also served as an Area Seventy in Brazil and in the North America Central Area.

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Elder Ciro Schmeil

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Elder Villanueva, 53, is from Oaxaca, Mexico. After receiving an education in business, he went on to become the chief executive officer of SERTEXA. He’s served as a missionary in Mexico, a bishop and president of the California Arcadia Mission, among other callings. At the time of this call, Elder Villanueva was serving as an Area Seventy and a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the Mexico Area.

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Elder Moisés Villanueva

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Young Men general presidency

Brother Lund, 66, is a native of California. Brother Lund worked as an attorney before becoming the president and CEO of Nu Skin International, a large Utah-based company. He has also served as a regent of the Utah System of Higher Education. Brother Lund served as a full-time missionary in the Netherlands and later as president in the Georgia Atlanta Mission. He also served as a member of the Young Men general board and as an Area Seventy.

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Brother Steven J. Lund

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Brother Corbitt, 57, has an extensive background in law and public relations. He served as the director of the church’s public affairs office in New York City and currently works in the Missionary Department. Brother Corbitt served a full-time mission in Puerto Rico and later as a mission president in the Dominican Republic.

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Brother Ahmad Corbitt

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Brother Wilcox, 60, is a professor in BYU’s Department of Ancient Scripture. He has published several books and is a popular youth speaker. He served as a full-time missionary in Santiago Chile and later returned as president of the Chile Santiago East Mission. Brother Wilcox has also served as a member of the Sunday School general board.

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Bradley R. Wilcox

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The previous Young Men’s general presidency of Stephen W. Owen, president; Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor; and M. Joseph Brough, second counselor, was released after five years of service.

58 New Area Seventies

The following were called as Area Seventies: Jay D. Andersen, Faapito Auapaau, Frederick K. Balli Jr., Kevin W. Birch, John W. Boswell III, J. Francisco Bührer, Suchat Chaichana, Matthew R. Clarke, L. Guido Cristobal, Edmarc R. Dumas, Carlos A. Gabaldón, M. Andrew Galt IV, Clark G. Gilbert, Leonard D. Greer, Vladislav Y. Gornostaev, D. Martin Goury, Richard I. Heaton, Broc C. Hiatt, David H. Huntsman, Norman C. Insong, Daniel Kabason, Federico M. Kähnlein, Jeffrey J. Kerr, Youngjoon Kwon, David G. LaFrance, Ricardo C. Leite, Marcelo Louza, Jose G. Manarin, Jeremiah J. Morgan, Mark A. Mortensen, Eduardo F. Ortega, Nathan D. Pace, Michael M. Packer, Omar I. Palacios, Jorge W. Pérez, Kyrylo Pokhylko, Sergio A. Poncio, Arthur Rascon, Miguel A. Reynoso, Gustavo G. Rezende, Robert G. Rivarola, Tonga J. Sai, Luciano Sankari, Rosendo Santos, Henry Savstrom, J. Matthew Scott, James E. Slaughter, Robert T. Smith, Ricardo A. Spencer, Colin C. Stauffer, David C. Stewart, Jared W. Stone, Arlen M. Tumaliuan, Martin J. Turvey, Yan C. Vega, Paul B. Whippy, Chad R. Wilkinson and Dow R. Wilson,

Gilbert, 49, has been serving as the president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. He served as the 16th president of BYU-Idaho and is a former president and CEO of the Deseret News.

Rascon, 57, has spent his career as a television reporter and international correspondent based out of Houston. He is currently serving as president of the Houston Texas Summerwood Stake.