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The LDS Church reorganizes the Presiding Bishopric, releases the senior president of the Seventy

On Saturday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reorganized its Presiding Bishopric, which oversees its buildings, finances, welfare, and other temporal activities, and also released the senior president of its Quorum of the Seventy.

L. Whitney Clayton, the 70-year-old senior president, was released and received emeritus status. He has been a General Authority Seventy since 2001. He has been a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2008 and was appointed senior president in October 201


Meanwhile, 69-year-old Dean M. Davies, a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric since April 2012, was released and called instead as a General Authority Seventy.

“Bishop Davies has faced a significant health challenge for more than a year, even though his current prognosis is positive,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a news release. “We are grateful that he will continue to serve in this new role as a General Authority Seventy.”

W. Christopher Waddell was sustained to replace Davies as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. L. Todd Budge was supported as second director (the position previously held by Waddell). Budge, a native of California, served as a General Authority Seventy since April 2019.

The Presiding Bishopric is responsible for many of the church’s temporal affairs. It is made up of the Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé, a native of France, and his two advisers. Each holds the office of bishop and serves under the direct supervision of the First Presidency.

The church also named four new Zone Seventies. They include Laurian P. Balilemwa, 49, of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Jonathon W. Bunker, 61, of Las Vegas; Enrique R. Mayorga, 47, of Otavalo, Ecuador; and Konstantin Tolomeev, 38, of Anapa, Russia.

The church also released two other General Authority Seventies, Enrique R. Falabella and Richard J. Maynes, along with 47 Area Seventies.

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