LDS Church Excommunicates General Authority

Published on August 08, 2017 at 02:24PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP)-Tuesday, the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints confirmed a member of its First Quorum of Seventy has been excommunicated.

In an official statement released Tuesday, the LDS Church did not state a reason for excommunication but said Elder James J. Hamula was released from his calling following disciplinary action by the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

Hamula had served in the First Quorum of Seventy since 2008 and was previously stationed in New Zealand as president of the Church’s Pacific Area presidency.

The LDS Church conducts such disciplinary councils in confidence, a methodology that Quorum of Twelve Apostles member, Elder M. Russell Ballard, spoke of in a Church publication in 1990.

Ballard’s words stated Church disciplinary councils help save the soul of the transgressor and protect the innocent while safeguarding the Church’s purity, integrity and good name.