Pacific Area Latter-day Saints Called to Leadership
Pacific Area Latter-day Saints Called to Senior Church
2 April 2011
SALT LAKE CITY, United States - Four members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Pacific Area were called to senior leadership positions in the Church today.
Elder Ian S. Ardern, 57, was named as a new member of the Church's First Quorum of the Seventy. He was serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Pacific Area at the time of his new call.
He received a
bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from the
University of Waikato, New Zealand. During his career, he
has served in many Church Educational System positions,
including teacher, director, seminary
Elder Ardern’s Church service includes
full-time missionary in France
He and his wife, Paula Ann Judd, are the parents of four children. Elder and Sister Ardern reside in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Elder O. Vincent Haleck, 62, was serving as president of the Samoa Apia Mission when he received his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Haleck received a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from Brigham Young University. He owns a number of businesses in his native Samoa and is involved in philanthropy work.
Elder Haleck has served in
numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in
the Apia Samoa
Jeffrey D. Cummings, of Sydney, Australia, and David J. Thomson, of Hamilton, New Zealand, were called as Area Sevenities. It was also announced today that Elder Dirk Smibert, of Brisbane, will be released as an Area Seventy, effective 1 May 2011.