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News Release —  6 February 2013

Africa Southeast Area Presidency is Reorganized

Johannesburg, South Africa — 

The Africa Southeast Area Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was reorganized effective January 6, 2013.  Elder Ulisses Soares now serves as one of the Presidency of the Seventy.   Therefore he was released as the first counselor in the Africa Southeast Area Presidency.  Elder Carl B. Cook, previously second counselor in the Area Presidency, now serves as first counselor.  Elder Colin H. Bricknell, an area Seventy, is second counselor in the Area Presidency.

Elder Dale G. Renlund

Elder Dale G. Renlund, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, continues as President of the Africa Southeast Area.  He served as a counselor in the Area Presidency from 2009 until his call as president in 2011.  Elder Renlund is married to Ruth Lybbert.  They have one daughter.

Elder Carl B. Cook

Elder Carl B. Cook was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April, 2011.  He served as second counselor in the Africa Southeast Area from July 2011 until this call to serve as first counselor in January 2013.   Elder Cook is a capable, soft-spoken leader.   He is married to Lynette Hansen.  They have five children.

Elder Colin H. Bricknell

Elder Colin H. Bricknell was called to the Third Quorum of the Seventy in April, 2008. Among previous callings, he served as President of the Idaho Pocatello Mission, Stake President and counselor, Bishop and counselor, counselor in the MTC Presidency, institute teacher, and other teaching and leadership positions.

Elder Bricknell studied at Durban Technical College and owned an electrical contracting business.  He worked as a real estate manager for the Africa Southeast Area of the Church prior to his retirement in 2012.  He is married to Elizabeth Fitchet.  They are the parents of five children.

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