October 2022 General Conference

Leadership Changes Announced During October 2022 General Conference

Eight General Authority Seventies released and granted emeritus status; six new Area Seventies called

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced various leadership changes at the October 2022 general conference.

At the Saturday afternoon session, eight General Authority Seventies were released. And during the first session of the general conference leadership meetings on Thursday, six new Area Seventies were sustained.

General Authority Seventies

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Elders Weatherford T. Clayton, LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., Randy D. Funk, Christoffel Golden, Walter F. González, Larry S. Kacher, Lynn G. Robbins and Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy were released and granted emeritus status.

Area Seventies

6 Area Seventies
6 Area Seventies
From left to right, top: Area Seventies Elder Willy Binene, Elder Bernhard Cziesla, Elder Yves S. Weidmann; bottom: Elder Sione Tuione, Elder Ricardo J. Battista, and Elder Nathan R. Emery.© 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
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From the Third Quorum (Africa Central, Africa South and Africa West Areas):

Willy Binene, 53, Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; recently released as Church History regional director; former district president, stake president and mission president; wife: Lilly; four children.

From the Seventh Quorum (Europe Central, Europe East, Europe North and the Middle East/Africa North Areas):

Bernhard Cziesla, 57, Jakobwüllesheim, Germany; director, Toyota Financial Services Europe & Africa; currently serving as a counselor in a mission presidency; former bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency and stake president; wife: Daniela; two children.

Yves S. Weidmann, 46, Burgdorf, Switzerland; head of Governmental Affairs and member of the executive board, Interpharma; currently serving as ward Primary teacher; former bishop and stake president; wife: Yvonne; two children.

From the Eighth Quorum (Pacific and Philippines Areas):

Sione Tuione, 50, Auckland, New Zealand; area Leader and Member Support coordinator, Pacific Area office; currently serving as bishop; former high councilor, stake president and mission president; wife: Moala; five children.

From the Ninth Quorum (South America Northwest and South America South Areas):

Ricardo J. Battista, 64, Buenos Aires, Argentina; industrial fuel measurement technician, Metrogas S.A.; currently serving as FSY area coordinator; former bishop, high councilor, stake presidency first counselor and stake presidency second counselor; wife: Myriam; three children.

From the Tenth Quorum (North America Central, North America Northeast, and North America Southeast Areas)

Nathan R. Emery, 52, Belleair, Florida; ophthalmologist, self-employed; currently serving as service mission leader; former bishop, bishopric counselor and stake president; wife: Lori Ann; three children.

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